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Why bother with this small developer stuff?

I think we can do a better job of connecting the housing unit to the consequential stuff people consider in their decisions to rent if we can deliver flexible unit configurations, competitive rent + transportation math, and locations close services, food and drink. 

Gentrification? Let's talk about local jobs and wealth

I think incremental development, modest projects by Small Developers focused on a specific neighborhood, present an genuine opportunity to get well past the usual arguments about gentrification. 

A former industrial superblock pumps life into the city

Over the past decade, the Larkin District in Buffalo, New York, has evolved from an abandoned industrial site to a thriving, mixed-use urban district that is spurring revitalization for blocks in every direction. 

Ten acres that transformed a city

"Southside began the renaissance of downtown—There's been lots of changes in downtown since 1990s, but it really started when people saw this project was successful."

Reclaiming the median for development

Granary Row, a seasonal pop-up festival that has operated for two years, uses old shipping containers to create retail stores and a open-air stage, and a beer garden has been fenced off—all in the middle of the road, along a block-length section an old industrial area. 

Repurposing aids renewal

Witnessing the robust redevelopment underway throughout Atlanta’s Westside, it would seem business owners and residents have taken to heart author Horace Greeley’s famous quote, “Go west, young man.”

Planning communities that nurture entrepreneuring

Evidence suggests that walkable, mixed-use urban areas enhance economic growth.

Does your town need small developers? Look in the mirror

Who is going to build the finer-grained Missing Middle housing, the small workspaces, the two and three story mixed use buildings that municipalities and neighborhoods are looking for?

Yesterday a danger zone—today, pure San Francisco

By any measure, San Francisco ranks among the world’s most beautiful cities. Yet for years, in a sector that tourists never see, 50 barracks-style buildings constructed in 1943 housed 264 families in poverty and fear.

An industrial shell turns powerhouse

The former Pearl Brewery is the economic and social hub for San Antonio's revitalizing River North neighborhood.
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