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November 26 2013

The Challenges of a Dutch Inclusive Neighborhood

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

The Netherlands has one of the most unique affordable housing programs in Europe. Affordable housing, which roughly translates to social housing (Sociale Huurwoningen) represents nearly 80% of the Dutch rental housing units. This portion accounts for about 33% of the current total housing stock. Affordable housing in The Netherlands is considered a right rather than […]

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November 26 2013

Beijing Develops Tongzhou New City as its Sub-Center

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

On June 29th, the eleventh Beijing Municipal Party Congress positioned the development of the Tongzhou New City as “the sub-center of Beijing.” Liu Qi, Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China said in the government report that it’s time to speed up the pace of urbanization, and to further implement […]

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November 25 2013

Regent Park Social Housing Revitalization: A Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Success?

November 25th, 2013Posted by 

The Regent Park Film Festival in Toronto spurred me to check out the $1 billion, fifteen-year revitalization of the neighborhood and also see some great films produced locally and internationally. Regent Park, notorious in the media for violence crime, was planned as a social housing experiment in the late 1940s. The design was based on […]

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November 20 2013

Homeowners’ Associations: Friend or Foe of Aesthetic Diversity?

November 20th, 2013Posted by 

While in Almaty, Kazakhstan, I observed apartment-dwellers’ eclectic modifications to their balconies. As these extended from otherwise homogeneous Soviet-period apartments, I noted how this eccentricity contributed to the distinctive character of Almaty’s cityscape.                             In the United States, condominium and home owners’ […]

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November 20 2013

A Farewell From Steven Petsinis

November 20th, 2013Posted by 

As I walked past a communal artist space that had recently developed adjacent my apartment, I quickly checked my calendar to see if I had time to change my story for this week. Alas, I found out that this week is my sign off and my attention quickly flowed back to what drew me to Global […]

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November 18 2013

Self-Made City: Collective Intelligence in Co-housing Projects from Berlin

November 18th, 2013Posted by 

In the past, participatory planning used to be regarded as an annoying factor in the already intricate procedures of urban planning. Fortunately, today participation seems to permeate through a variety of city projects. This time around, the good news comes from Berlin. Self-Made City is a bilingual (German-English) book by the German Jovis. As the […]

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November 14 2013

The Rehab Trend in Kansas City, Missouri

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

Everyone remembers the financial meltdown that coincided with the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. Since early 2009, during the first term of President Obama, the plans for the stimulus package gave way to a novel and sustainable way of combating the rampant foreclosure problems. Although Kansas City was plagued with this problem and the […]

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November 12 2013

IJburg, Amsterdam: Innovative Neighborhood on Artificial Islands

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

IJburg is one of the newest neighborhoods in Amsterdam. In this city of high density and scarce developable land, the creation of a new neighborhood is a long and expensive planning process. IJburg is a unique urban planning experiment that consisted of creating a neighborhood from scratch. The project came mainly to respond to a […]

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November 05 2013

How Did San Francisco Get So Expensive?

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

San Francisco is suffering from a housing affordability crisis. If you live in the Bay Area, this topic is all too familiar. The headlines are everywhere, prices keep going up and any kind of solution seems non-existent. But how did San Francisco become America’s most unaffordable city in such a short period of time? Several […]

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October 31 2013

Is Rincon Valley’s Sprawl-Oriented Design Beyond Repair?

October 31st, 2013Posted by 

On the eastern edge of the city of Santa Rosa lies the Rincon Valley community, a typical middle-class suburb in the heart of wine country. The neighborhoods in this area, most notably the Skyhawk and Saint Francis developments, were designed in the sprawl fashion seen in many late-twentieth century American communities. Along with a landscape of […]

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October 31 2013

Oakland, California: Revitalization and Retail Expansion on Broadway

October 31st, 2013Posted by 

As recognized by the city itself, “Oakland has long been the nation’s largest underserved Trade Area for comparison goods… export(ing) 75% of its potential sales… or roughly $1 billion in sales every year, to the neighboring communities of Emeryville, San Leandro, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek.” The city hopes to begin resolving this issue with the […]

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October 23 2013

Developing the Community: The Contentious Plan to Redevelop Melbourne’s Crisis Housing Towers

October 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Ghettos, projects, and slums are some of the names given to lower income areas. In Melbourne, the housing commissions have provided housing to lower income classes since the 1960′s. Major housing commissions positioned within inner Melbourne are included in the following areas: Carlton; Richmond; Flemington; South Melbourne; Prahran; and North Fitzroy. Their role in Melbourne […]

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October 22 2013

San Francisco’s New Transbay Center: A Commitment to Sustainable Growth

October 22nd, 2013Posted by 

San Francisco is on its way to hosting the most significant transit hub on the United State’s western coast. The Transbay Transit Center will connect eight Bay Area counties through 11 transit lines, including the California High Speed Rail that is being developed, and include new housing, retail, commercial and open space. It’s a 4.5 […]

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October 17 2013

Social Equity Or NIMBYism? Marin County’s Battle With Affordable Housing

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

Marin County is home to thousands of acres of open space; national, state and regional parks; and one of the most staggering equity disparities in the country. According to the American Human Development Project, the median income for the wealthiest community in Marin County, Tiburon, is $80,000; the lowest is Canal at $21,000. The Canal […]

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October 03 2013

Oak to Ninth?: New Brooklyn Basin Construction Underway on Oakland’s Waterfront

October 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Over a decade after the conceptualization of the Oak to Ninth project, the stalled venture newly named Brooklyn Basin, is once again underway on Oakland’s waterfront, South-East of Laney College. The infill redevelopment came to a halt during the 2008 recession, though the lacking $1.5 billion of funding was recently secured from a Beijing-based investor, […]

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October 03 2013

Guerilla Planning Strikes Junior College Neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California

October 3rd, 2013Posted by 

The Junior College neighborhood is one of the oldest areas of Santa Rosa, and one of the most walkable. The location of middle schools, high schools, and the junior college within the neighborhood has led to a high level of pedestrian traffic and social interaction between residents. Additionally, the traditional neighborhood layout and house design […]

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October 01 2013

Velocity Targets Four Core Groups in Indianapolis’ Comprehensive Plan Process

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ greatest organizations and individuals. The project is spearheaded by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., a marketing and communications non-profit that focuses on the development […]

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October 01 2013

Morocco’s New Cities Program Lacks Basic Service Accessibility

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

In 2004, development work was launched in the first site, Tamansourt, nearby Marrakech, of Morocco’s “Villes Nouvelles” (New Cities) program. By 2020, the program aims to create 15 cities evolving around the major country’s urban centers to host a total of 1,150,000 residents. With an investment of over $12 billion, this program had opened 5,000 […]

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September 24 2013

The Desperate Need for Effective Regional Planning in The San Francisco Bay Area

September 24th, 2013Posted by 

Between 2010 and 2040, the Bay Area’s nine counties are projected to add: 1.1 million jobs and 2.1 million people and 660,000 homes. On July 18th, the Bay Area took a major step in addressing its long-term regional growth. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted Plan Bay […]

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September 20 2013

Sustainable Luxury: The New Face of Urban Living in Minneapolis

September 20th, 2013Posted by 

When one thinks of sweeping high rises, one often envisions the streets of New York, Chicago or Miami. However, this recent trend of providing luxury living space for young professionals and urbanites is sweeping the nation. Specifically, the growth of luxury apartments in Minneapolis has goals of altering the city to provide sustainable and high-density […]

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