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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.
Citizens Guide to Density
As the greater Toronto area seeks ways to add density, many concepts of adding a variety of housing units have been difficult to conceptualize and communicate. In response, the planning firm Urban Strategies developed a Citizen’s Guide to Density specific to the Greater Toronto Region.
Do Community Engagement Toolkits Work? Research from California
Local governments and agencies are opening up public engagement processes on all types of activities. In California, UC-Berkeley investigated what kinds of engagement tools actually work to support community planning for transit oriented development (TOD) and topics such as affordable housing, density and TOD. (Publication – 28 pages)
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.
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.
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.
Blueprint Denver – Small Area Plans
Denver’s regional plan contains nested small area plans for neighborhood, corridors, and transit station areas to prioritize investment and planning resources
La Valentina Transit Oriented, Affordable Housing
La Valentina is an affordable, mixed use housing development across the street from a light rail station in Sacramento, CA. Energy and water efficiency are engineered into the building and site design, further boosting the affordability for residents.
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…
The Jordan: Creative Solutions for Affordable Housing TOD, Class A Office Space, and Neighborhood Participation
The Jordan is a 90-unit affordable housing development in Arlington Virginia built through a unique collaborative land swap. The solution was a result of community participation and teamwork between affordable housing advocates, developers, and neighborhood civic associations.
Low Impact Development Road Map
Los Angeles used a board game graphic to explain storm water rules, which took effect in 2012. This map simplified a complex rule by showing, stepwise, how to comply with exemptions and requirements.