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Supporting Culture-Based Place Making with NEA Grants

Cities need look no further than Chicago’s “Bean,” Anish Kapoor’s iconic Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park, to realize how investment in the arts can pay off.

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  • Two Parks Win ULI Urban Open Space Award

    November 11, 2013

    Two parks have been selected as winning projects in the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award competition: The Parks and Waterfront at Southeast False Creek, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Yards Park, located in Washington, D.C.

  • Next Step for Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail: A Broader Identity

    August 2, 2013

    What for a decade had been referred to either as the “Bloomingdale Trail” or simply “the Bloomingdale” will be referred to going forward as “the 606,” it was announced in June by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit organization that conserves land for public open space. The number denotes the zip-code prefix shared by all Chicagoans and alludes to the trail’s origin as a rail line.

  • Flexibility, Choice Are Keys to Place Making for Pelli

    July 18, 2013

    The designer of West Philadelphia’s Cira Centre, architect Cesar Pelli talked about the role of place making in two of his current projects at a recent ULI conference in Philadelphia.

  • New Suburbanism: Reinventing Inner-Ring Suburbs

    July 8, 2013

    Retail, housing, and activity are among the keys to successful infill development. And don’t forget about parking.

  • University City District Revitalizing Inner West Philadelphia

    July 2, 2013

    Major changes resulted both directly and indirectly from the University of Pennsylvania’s 2004 purchase of a U.S. Postal Service property adjacent to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, according to speakers at ULI’s “Place Making 2013: New Drivers, New Partners” conference in June.

  • Finalists Announced for ULI Urban Open Space Award

    June 4, 2013

    This year’s finalists for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award are the Yards Park in Washington, D.C.; Wilmington Waterfront Park in Wilmington, Calif.; Cumberland Park in Nashville, Tenn.; Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, N.Y.; and the Village on False Creek in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • Envisioning a City Center—With Nonstop Service to Tokyo

    November 13, 2012

    An aerotropolis around Denver International Airport would build on the airport’s access to the world.

  • A 1987 ULI Panel Helped Lay the Foundation for the Colorado Convention Center

    October 25, 2012

    The Colorado Convention Center is one of the country’s busiest meeting venues.
    The work of a ULI Advisory Services panel played a significant role in Denver’s decision to build the convention center. But it had a humble and fractious start.

  • Shovel Ready in Florida

    When money becomes available, will the right plans be in place?

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