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Why Our Towns Need a Better Future than Tesco Can Offer

February 19, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Britain and Town Center Planning

Last month local leaders in the UK who had hopes to regenerate landmark sites in partnership with Tesco had to end years of planning: the retailer pulled out of schemes to develop 49 sites, create at least 8,000 jobs, more than 1,100 new homes, and nearly 2.5m square feet of retail space.[read more]

Which is Most Desirable: Affordable Housing or Historic Building Preservation?

February 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Historic Buildings and Housing Developments

A series of old mills in East Brooklyn, Connecticut’s “Quebec Square” neighborhood need redeveloping. But are historical designations and affordable housing stipulations barriers to property rehabilitation and development? Is a small housing project a worthwhile public investment?[read more]

Cities Are Coming Back, but Urban Poverty Remains an Immense Challenge

February 10, 2015 by Kaid Benfield
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Cities and Persistent Poverty

It is hard to think of a phenomenon that has done greater damage to our environment (as well as to our economy and social fabric) than the mass exodus from our older cities and towns that took place in the latter half of the 20th century. But cities are recovering.[read more]

St. Henri: Another Montreal Working Class Neighbourhood Gradually Transforming

February 3, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal and Neighborhood Change

Has St. Henri been subject to a renewal or gentrification? The latter has become a sensitive topic in urban planning theory. Notable for its negative implication of wealthy outsiders displacing poorer residents, the shift in demographics leads to subsequent changes to a neighbourhood’s social and economic character.[read more]

An Example of Low-Rise Intensification: Union Street EcoHeritage

January 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Urban Intensification

In a recent post about the three stages of intensification, I mentioned a project in Vancouver called Union Street EcoHeritage by SHAPE Architecture. I used it as an example for sensitive low-rise intensification. Since it’s a very cool project, I thought I would dedicate today’s post to explaining the project.[read more]

Hints of Corruption Won't Stall Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street Makeover

January 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Urban Renewal in Montreal

A much-needed planned revamp of Montreal's main commercial thoroughfare, Ste-Catherine Street, has had to be abandoned, and a $267,000 public consultation contract with a firm cancelled, amidst allegations of corruption by the city's inspector general.[read more]

3 Stages of Intensification

January 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Intensification in Toronto

We all know that the Greater Toronto Area is growing and intensifying at an incredible pace. Last year the region set a record with 25,571 new condominium units completed. If you listen to industry experts, they’ll tell you that this level of intensification is really a decade in the making.[read more]

The Geography of Housing Affordability in Texas

January 21, 2015 by Jim Russell

Housing Geography in Texas

Within the policy geography of Texas, housing affordability is highly variant from city to city, neighborhood to neighborhood. And in Brooklyn, concerning the increase in residential price per square foot from 2004-2012, large swaths of the borough saw either decrease or stagnation. Don't believe the hype.[read more]

Here's Wishing You All a Prosperous New Year, but What Does 'Prosperous' Mean?

January 20, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals had 15 years to be achieved. Time's up. Have we won?[read more]

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How We Can Keep Global Warming to 2°C or Below

January 9, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The greatest challenge for 2015

There is no greater challenge for the world this year than to reach an agreement at Paris' climate change talks in December that will limit global warming to within 2°C. There are many impediments to this, but it is possible to see a way through.[read more]

Is Inclusionary Zoning a Good or Bad Thing for Cities?

January 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

It’s the season of giving. So I thought it would be appropriate to talk about affordable housing. Recently, Mitchell Cohen — who is a real estate developer and the president of The Daniels Corporation — wrote an opinion piece in the Toronto Star talking about just that.[read more]

19 Duncan Street Bought for $47 million

December 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Urban and Building Development

Last week it was announced that Allied Properties and Westbank have acquired 19 Duncan Street in Toronto for $47 million. The plan is to restore the existing heritage building, as well as build additional retail space, office space, and rental apartments. I hope it will end up a remarkable development project.[read more]