An aerial view of The Star in Frisco, Texas. (Gensler)

Bringing Mixed-Use Concepts to a Texas-Sized NFL Training Facility

Sports stadiums are the centerpiece of many redevelopment projects around the world, but there has never been a project quite like the new Dallas Cowboys development in Frisco, a city about 25 miles (40 km) north of Dallas. The Cowboys’ training facility—where the team holds practices and meetings, and conducts other activities—is the focal point of a 91-acre (37 ha) mixed-use development, the product of a complicated public/private partnership that includes the local school district.

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Integrating Affordable Housing into Plans for Transit-Oriented Development

Panelists at the ULI Los Angeles transit-oriented development event held in October agreed that affordable housing has moved to the top of the agenda for local agencies and planners. Traffic and walkability are still priorities, but affordable housing is the Holy Grail in the city.

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From left to right: Christopher Hawthorne of the Los Angeles Times; Therese McMillian, Chief Planning Officer, Los Angeles Metro; and Vince Bertoni, Planning Director, City of Los Angeles, California, speaking at Transit Oriented LA in October

How Los Angeles Is Planning for More Transit-Oriented Development

This session at ULI Los Angeles conference provided an unusual opportunity to hear two of L.A.’s key planners discuss their attitudes, priorities, and philosophies, and offered a glimpse into the future of L.A. development as they addressed the myriad issues facing the city.

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The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us about the Future of Urban Life

In his new book, Rose uses a metaphor from classical music to explain how cities can achieve harmony among competing needs and interests.

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