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Field & Stream brings hunter’s paradise to Easton Town Center

The great outdoors just got a little more crowded. The new Field & Stream store officially opens today at Easton Gateway, joining an explosion of outdoors retail that has taken place in central Ohio during the past few years. 

Tue, Sep 9th 2014 11:54pm
UDA in Moscow

Urban Design Associates (UDA) recently collaborated with the State Unitary Enterprise “Research and Project Institute of Moscow City Master Plan” (IGP) on the design of the new business center for recently annexed territory southwest of Moscow’s city center.

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Mon, Aug 18th 2014 9:06pm
Five steps to a complete community

Here are changes needed to make a small apartment complex in Chico truly walkable.

Thu, Jul 24th 2014 11:02am
Easton Gateway designed to create a big draw

Dorsky + Yue is working on the next phase of Easton Town Center for Georgetown and Steiner + Associates called Easton Gateway. Nearly 15 years after the original center opened, Easton Gateway will introduce a grocery- and power-anchored component. The 600,000-square-foot project adds more amenities and retail to the iconic development in Columbus, Ohio. The project is anchored by Costco, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Saks Off 5th and Whole Foods Market.

Wed, Jun 25th 2014 9:59am
A run-down alley is transformed with micro-shops

The conversion of an alley to utilitarian shopfronts is "dragging civilization westward a block" in downtown Ithaca, the developer says.

Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:43am
Let the best dream win

The old American Dream of keeping up with the Joneses built the suburbs. The new one could rebuild our cities, towns, and neighborhoods and revitalize the suburbs for our children.

Thu, May 8th 2014 9:26am
UNUM's Visioning in Chattanooga

With the assistance of Urban Design Associates, a design charrette was held in April 2014 to explore mixed-use development concepts with participation from UNUM, the downtown campus of University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), the City, developers, and major stakeholders.

Sun, May 4th 2014 11:42pm
HUD expected to further ease restrictions on mixed-use financing

The administrative change to follow recent successful FHA standards, according to CNU president John Norquist.

Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 8:22am
An exurban town sees the benefits of walkability

Londonderry, New Hampshire, could be a model for New England suburbs to organize growth at the metropolitan edge. 

Mon, Mar 24th 2014 10:10am
New urban math

To forge a coalition for urban places, let’s start by trumpeting an important fact: The value of cities and towns transcends simple arithmetic. Part 1 in a 3-part series.

Mon, Feb 24th 2014 11:42am
How diverse textures and contrasts engage us with human settlement

Some years ago, when our movement to replace sprawl with better cities and suburbs was relatively new, I had a big moment at NRDC. Unfortunately, it bombed.

Mon, Feb 17th 2014 9:59am
Do African Americans not shop at Trader Joe's?

When class conflict is placed front and center in political battles over revitalization, existing residents are often the biggest losers.

Tue, Feb 11th 2014 1:07pm
The 'new urban lowdown' on boutique hotels

Boutique hotels are all the rage. Just about every downtown development group wants one. So we turn to Eric Brooks, a long-time pro in hotel development, to help us understand the niche.

Thu, Jan 16th 2014 11:57am
Raise value, avert risk, focus on form

The current commodity driven system is prone to boom and bust cycles. Form-based planning facilitates the holistic development of enduring, diverse neighborhoods.

Thu, Jan 2nd 2014 12:08pm
The business case for compact cities and towns

Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.

Tue, Dec 24th 2013 9:51am
The fool proof city

The most brilliant innovations in building cities won't come from politicians, professionals and advocates. That brilliance is already embodied in the traditional development pattern.

Mon, Nov 25th 2013 9:16am
Atlanta, hotbed of walkable real estate

If the poster-child city for suburban sprawl is fertile ground for mixed-use, compact development, then the trend must be strong.

Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 8:54am
A new town center for the Huskies

UConn is a surprisingly large school to be located far from any walkable town. The new urban Storrs Center attempts to make up for the lack of a historic urban place.

Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 8:44am
How I learned to stop worrying and love major streets

While I dislike noisy suburban arterials just as much as the next guy, I realized that retail will work better on busy streets and that we can make them nice places. 

Thu, Sep 12th 2013 10:19am
Welcome the age of the 'anti-mall' (maybe?)

Anti-malls are the new malls.  So proclaims the staff of DC area booster magazine Washingtonian, in a fun compendium of “The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City."

Mon, Aug 26th 2013 10:33am
Three steps to downtown economic renaissance

Redwood City, California, brought a humdrum business district back to life by creating better public spaces, adding an anchor, and reforming codes to unleash the private sector.

Wed, Aug 7th 2013 10:22am
Malls lose their grip: Good news or bad for the built environment?

Hanging out on social media is beginning to replace hanging out in shopping malls for many American teenagers. Some well-known retailers are suffering the consequences.

Wed, Jul 24th 2013 3:25pm
Downtown big box store cuts driving

A study recently argued in the Journal of Transport and Land Use that locating a big box store near downtown can reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) significantly in a particular community.

Mon, Jul 8th 2013 11:04am
Sustainable development and mortgage default

Multifamily properties with sustainability features have a significantly lower risk of mortgage default, according to a scholarly report available from Fannie Mae.

Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 3:00pm
US commercial buildings are redevelopment assets

According to the book Reshaping Metropolitan America, about half of all nonresidential structures in the US will be “ripe for redevelopment” in 2030. Many of these are commercial strip retail buildings with large parking lots or dated office buildings on suburban sites, according to an article in the current issue of Better! Cities & Towns. The annual report Emerging Trends in Real Estate notes that many suburban retail and office properties across the US are languishing in value and may not be worth refurbishing. All in all, 50 billion square feet of commercial space in the US will need redeveloping by 2030, says Reshaping Metropolitan America author Arthur C. Nelson. One of the challenges to redeveloping such sites, however, is that they are often located on commercial strip corridors that are not appealing for mixed-use development. That challenge could be addressed by “complete streets” projects on major thoroughfares that need to be rebuilt anyway, setting the stage for redevelopment.

Wed, May 15th 2013 9:28am

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Urban grocers proliferate

Demographic and market conditions are causing supermarkets in the District of Columbia region and elsewhere to modify their designs and fit walkable neighborhoods.

Wed, May 19th 2010 2:03pm
Four keys to successful town centers

Yaromir Steiner explains four important rules for regional urban centers:

Tue, Feb 16th 2010 2:16pm

Research

The business case for compact cities and towns

Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.

Tue, Dec 24th 2013 9:51am
Atlanta, hotbed of walkable real estate

If the poster-child city for suburban sprawl is fertile ground for mixed-use, compact development, then the trend must be strong.

Thu, Oct 3rd 2013 8:54am
Downtown big box store cuts driving

A study recently argued in the Journal of Transport and Land Use that locating a big box store near downtown can reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) significantly in a particular community.

Mon, Jul 8th 2013 11:04am