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Altoona's Large Retail, Lifestyle Center Forging Ahead

The large retail and commercial development in Altoona, called Prairie Crossing, has expanded even before construction on the project has started in earnest. Developer Heart of America Group from the Quad Cities said the project, which is adjacent to Bass Pro Shops and visible from Interstate 80, has grown into a 230-acre development with planned residential, retail and commercial components. Prairie Crossing has been in the works for several years and is the brainchild of Heart of America’s Mike Whalen. So far, a Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse — an HOA property — has opened in Prairie Crossing. Separate developers recently have begun construction on a 325,000-square-foot open-air outlet mall on 34 acres in the heart of the property.

Strong Towns Podcast with Dan Parolek of Opticos

During the Congress for New Urbanism’s annual conference in Dallas/Fort Worth April 29 - May 2, Opticos Design, Inc's Dan Parolek sat down with the Strong Towns podcast to talk about urban planning in the San Francisco Bay Area, how to retain the characteristics and qualities of a place that make it unique, and the new Missing Middle Housing website. Strong Towns as an organization seeks to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods to be come financially strong and resilient.

Progress depends on more 'infrastructure of community'

Healthy places need two physical characteristics: The architecture of community and the infrastructure of community. Here's why the infrastructure is so important.

More businesses choose downtowns and walkable locations

As I reported earlier this year, more and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle.

Walkable urban places growing in Michigan

Of the state's top seven metro areas, Detroit-Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids lead the way toward walkable urbanism.

Firms move downtown and change workforce geography

Businesses across the US are relocating downtown to seek talent, find more productive workspace, and be where the action is, according to the study Core Values.

Connecting people to jobs on the waterfront

For Ithaca's job production and economic growth to continue, the community needs more people, housing, and places for this creative energy to express itself.

A mixed-use waterfront for the city

A series of public spaces on the water that would allow people to live, work, and play in a water-related neighborhood in Ithaca—an unusual amenity in Upstate New York.

A new village for compact regional growth

Form Ithaca examined how spread-out growth in the Town of Ithaca can be reorganized into a village with a complete street connecting to downtown.

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