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7 skills a small developer should have (or borrow)

When I hear the question “How Do I get Started as a Developer?”  it is usually followed by a string of questions which amount to “Can you draw me a map that will guide me through every detailed step to becoming a developer?”

Thoughts on Seaside at 35

Vision, tradition, creativity, adaptation and yes, time, converge and contribute to the community's many successes—but failures are also evident.

The problems of success in the new urban era

Cities face challenges associated with rising values, an influx of more educated residents, and gentrification. Here's what cities can do.

A model for transit-oriented revitalization

Once a railway coal siding and more recently a full city block of asphalt surface parking, North Philadelphia’s Paseo Verde now provides affordable, high quality, sustainable housing for a range of income levels.

Why won't you build condos?

Big building. Complex Mechanical Systems. Lots of specialized details to make the exterior envelope keep the weather out. Condo Ownership. What could possibly go wrong?

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.

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