Browse Topics: Economic development
Call for Innovation/Ideas
Call for Innovations (or Ideas) is a new procurement tool in which cities/towns issue first a problem statement rather than specifications.
As interest in craft beer rises, cities & food/spirits entrepreneurs can provide space, equipment, and mentors for brewers and bottlers.
Backyard Chicken Keeping Programs
Backyard chicken keeping is a growing practice among city and suburb dwellers seeking fresh foods and pets.
Outdoor Dining & Sidewalk Cafes
Outdoor cafes and dining extends restaurant seating and enlivens the sidewalk environment. Cities enact rules and policies to balance restaurant activity with the public’s’ interest in public spaces.
Popup Work Spaces
Popup workspaces provide temporary, outdoor workspaces with amenities (electricity, Wi-Fi, and seating) as gathering spaces centered on work.
Mow to Own Vacant Lot Programs
“Mow to Own” programs enlist local residents who wish to acquire vacant, typically city-owned lots to care for lots in exchange for eventual ownership of the lot. These programs typically most effective in cities with a considerable number of vacant lots and low demand.
Cities can enlist citizens, companies and non-profit groups to adopt, manage or put vacant lots to community uses such as gardens, stormwater management and playgrounds.
Healthy Corner Store Initiatives
Healthy corner store initiatives aim to expand healthy eating options to corner stores and sidewalk stalls in areas with little or no access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods.
Economic Development + Stormwater – What's New?
Urban stormwater control is all too often seen as a cost. How can cities and property owners flip this calculus to reap economic returns? This booklet, a product of a 2014 American Planning Association national conference session, compiles the latest information from several sources.
A Successful Downtown – Lafayette Downtown Action Plan
Through a community wide appraisal, Lafayette Louisiana reaffirmed its strengths and looked to future challenges. In order to attract and keep talent, the town found it needed to add quality housing, connections, and enhance the unique value proposition offered by downtown: convenience, vibrancy and outdoor living rooms.
11th Street Bridge Park
As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.
Urban Wayfinding Manual of Best Practices
As walkability grows, so does the need for wayfinding designed for travelers on foot. This guide takes readers through the important steps of planning and executing great wayfinding (including the growing use of digital and apps).
Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy
The American Institute of Architects’ Cities as a Lab initiative aims to identify and instrumentalize how design can foster innovation to meet American cities’ changing needs.
District Hall – Boston’s Innovation Hub
District Hall, operated by a unique public-private partnership, sets itself apart as a public purpose, civic entity to convene all people, ideas and sectors as part of Boston’s Innovation District.
Downtown Saginaw Infill & Revitalization Charrette
While dire municipal budgets and loss of government support for planning are well covered in the news, New E.R.A. Community Group and the City of Saginaw are proving that home grown dreamers can still make a difference and influence meaningful change. Good planning does not have to be driven be the available dollars but by the community itself.
OTR A.D.O.P.T. – Advancing Derelict & Obsolete Properties Through Transfer
OTR A.D.O.P.T. is an innovative program that matches deteriorating historic buildings in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood with new owners.
Walnut Creek: Priority Based Budgeting
In 2012, Walnut Creek California decided to forgo the traditional budgeting process in favor of a new community driven process to identify priority goals, programs that address those goals, and funding levels. They used rich graphic design instead of text and spreadsheets to tell a story about choices and challenges.
Form-Based Codes for Economic Revitalization: Columbia Pike in Arlington, Virginia
In 2003, Arlington Virginia adopted a form-based code along the Columbia Pike Corridor to revitalize “South Arlington’s Main Street,” and spur economic development with attractive buildings, walkable neighborhoods, and inviting public spaces. The county’s goal was to create redevelopment options that increase economic value continue reading…
Made in New York Digital Map
To support and expand the technology sector, New York City created a user-updated map showing the location of tech fimrs, funders and office space.