In this Urban Land opinion piece, David Levinson gives an overview of the boom and bust in streetcars since 1888 in the United States to where we are today.
While the amount of public financing that would be required to stage the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Boston remains an open question, ULI Boston/New England recently hosted a panel discussion focused on how such bids have paved the way for badly needed infrastructure and development projects in other cities.
Snøhetta, the architects behind the expansion of San Francisco Modern Museum of Modern Art, posted a time-lapse on Instagram, condensing the past two years of construction down to roughly six seconds.
Minneapolis-based Dominium is cooking up a new use for the former Pillsbury flour mill complex on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Four buildings on the 3.2-acre (1.3 ha) site are being transformed into the A-Mill Artist Lofts, a 251-unit affordable housing project that will serve working artists.
A generation ago, many children in New York City’s Bronx borough were languishing in underperforming schools. Informed by a growing body of research and buoyed by the area’s can-do spirit, community leaders embarked on an ambitious plan to right this wrong. Their meticulous work came to fruition two years ago with the New Settlement Community Campus.
In this Urban Land opinion piece, Yonah Freemark argues that streetcars are too frequently not thought of with local riders in mind. The biggest problem is that they are typically too slow to be useful for most people.
A project called SubArt is has launched a video campaign to bring the kind of interactive art installations more common in Paris, Taiwan and Montreal to name a few examples to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system.
Declaring that the major parks in America’s largest cities are enjoying “a golden age,” the Trust for Public Land says that conservancies—the private bodies that work in close partnership with municipal agencies to aid urban parks—deserve part of the credit.
Increasing density must form a key tenet of urban planning policy if cities are to tackle the pressure that migration is placing on housing, employment, and the environment, leading urban economist Edward Glaeser said during a ULI panel discussion in London. Launching ULI Europe’s program of work on density and the urban environment, the Harvard University economics professor and ULI Trustee said restrictive policies on the growth of cities will be increasingly harmful.
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) pulled back slightly in May as their outlook became less certain. Strong April job growth has helped fuel demand for real estate, but consumer spending has picked up less than expected given the decrease in fuel prices. Investors are also wary of an interest rate increase. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.