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The Economics of Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

D.C. and Gentrification

This past decade has seen Washington, DC host one of the most rapid transformations in the United States. Once a city in decline, known for crime and plagued by disinvestment and poor governance, a quick look at the District’s skyline will tell you that much of that is no longer the case.[read more]

Now, Real Estate Where Anyone Can Invest

March 17, 2014 by Fundrise Blog

Real Estate Investment

Three years ago we started with a very simple idea: give everyone we could the opportunity to invest in real estate. At that time, only high net-worth, accredited investors were allowed to invest, while the other 97% of the population was excluded.[read more]

History Of A House

March 16, 2014 by Kate Gallery

House Histories

Our new house is older than we imagined. The real estate listing noted it was built in 1906, but we were told it could very well be older. The home may have been raised up 6 feet or so, perhaps around the date listed, but chances are it was built earlier.[read more]

New and Very Practical Art Forms: Buildings on the Cheap

March 16, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Buildings on the Cheap


One of the most popular places to visit at GBE concerns buildings on the cheap, the remarkably alluring Hobbit-like house Wales residents Simon and Jasmine Dale built into a hillside using a hodgepodge of used and organic materials.[read more]

Fathoming the Unfathomable

March 15, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fathoming Architecture

Buildings hold immense ranges of possibilities. Though specific uses may be suggested by the architect, the exact future occupation of a space can’t be predicted. In other words, architecture unavoidably deals with uncertainty.[read more]

Industrial Mills of Jones Falls Redeveloped for a New Baltimore

March 14, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Baltimore Redevelopment

The city of Baltimore has been charming developers of the once abandoned stone mills clustered around the Jones Falls area. The lure is tax related, but for this redevelopment project, it is in the form of Planned Unit Developments and new market tax credits.[read more]


Which European cities are most productive and efficient?

March 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Is this the most resource-efficient European city?

The circular economy is a new buzzword for designing out waste and getting value from every stage in the life of raw materials. How can cities become more efficient and derive economic value from this sustainable objective?[read more]

Osaka Pharmacy: Design Achievement for Cramped Space

March 14, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Small Spaces and Design

Talk about putting your dress shoes on in a closet’s equivalent! This Osaka pharmacy makes the tight space it occupies look extraordinary and welcoming. It may look like a miniature house sitting next to giants, but check out the photos in this post to see how much space has been utilized.[read more]

Finding Enough Affordable Housing in Aurora, Illinois

March 10, 2014 by Metropolitan Planning Council

Housing in Aurora

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has an 80-year history in public housing—from helping form the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) in the 1930s to playing an organizing role with the nation’s largest public housing transformation.[read more]

The Great Local vs. Chain Store Debate, as Seen from Somerville, MA

March 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Chain vs Local Choices

It’s Sunday morning in Union Square, Somerville, located some twenty minutes by bus from downtown Boston. Should I get breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts, or at Union Square Donuts, which has hazelnut donuts? Should I get groceries at Target, or at Capone, a local deli?[read more]

New Ways to Finance Transportation Through Tolling Existing Highways

The Interstate Highway Act was passed almost 60 years ago, but the financing mechanism has remained largely the same. The federal and state governments collect user fees from motorists through fuel taxes and then distribute those funds to infrastructure investments.[read more]

Decentralizing Population Growth in Victoria: The Melbourne 2030 Plan

March 5, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Australia Urban Population Growth

Like any thriving city, population growth and congestion is a major issue facing urban planners in Melbourne. Cities such as Melbourne have started to use generic plans to solve these issues. The city has a legacy to protect; as it has recently been hailed as the most liveable city in the world.[read more]