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  • 09-14-15

    Adaptive Use Is Reinventing Detroit

    Long-vacant and historic buildings are being repurposed in the Motor City, including a taxicab repair shop rejuvenated as Two James Spirits distillery and a former pawnshop renovated into a restaurant but keeping the former name, “Gold Cash Gold.”

  • 09-14-15

    In Print: Parking Management for Smart Growth

    A quick reading of this book leaves even the casual reader with an overwhelming sense of the compelling logic for more rational parking policies to support better development. It is surprising, therefore, that communities with significant implementation of such policies can be counted on one hand—San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and possibly Washington, D.C.

  • 09-14-15

    Retailers Broaden Product Offerings to Attract Shoppers

    Macy’s and Best Buy have announced plans to open 300-square-foot (28 sq m) consumer electronics departments in ten Macy’s stores in early November. The announcement seems innocuous, since the store-within-a-store concept is not new, but it is important to these retailers, both of which have struggled as consumers increasingly shop online and at discount retailers.

  • 09-10-15

    ULI Global Awards for Excellence: 300 East Randolph, Chicago, Illinois

    A two-phased, vertically expanded office tower, 300 East Randolph lies at the north end of Grant Park in Chicago.

  • 09-09-15

    Designed for the Future: Honolulu’s Our Kaka’ako

    Our Kaka’ako is a 29-acre (11.7 ha) project in Honolulu developed by the Kamehameha School, a charitable trust formed by the last living descendant of the Hawaiian king Kamehameha. Once zoned industrial, Kaka’ako is now filled with workforce housing, condominiums, retail uses, and commercial office space.

  • 09-08-15

    Video: 606 Trail Opens in Chicago

    After more than a decade of planning, Chicago this June opened the first section of the trail, now known as the 606. An elevated railroad right-of-way converted to a pedestrian greenway, the 606 is a multifunctional park system that also includes a bike path and five neighborhood parks on the ground level along its 2.7-mile (4.5 km) stretch.

  • 09-08-15

    Creating a Healthier Commercial Corridor along Boise’s Vista Avenue

    Bill Freeman sets out for his morning strolls early. The avid Boise, Idaho, walker strategically navigates the city’s north Vista Avenue corridor, avoiding certain difficult intersections.

  • 09-08-15

    REITs Stumble along with Broader Markets in August

    As of August 18, the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average monthly total return was up 2.38 percent; but by month’s end, it had lost its gains and more. The FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average declined 5.82 percent during August. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • 09-08-15

    Prairiefire: A Mixed-Use Center Meets T. Rex

    In a unique collaboration, the American Museum of Natural History brings its traveling exhibits to a new development in Overland Park, Kansas.

  • 09-02-15

    With Better Funding, City Buses Could Fill Transit Voids

    Champaign, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, are unlikely to make a list of American cities with the best transit systems anytime soon. Yet these two cities increased their annual bus ridership by about 50 percent over the past seven years.