• Historic arcade houses young professionals

    One of the nation's most beautiful historic shopping arcades was restored into affordable micro-lofts and small shops in Providence.
    Two assets of cities are historic buildings and the attraction to a talented workforce. A downside is the shortage of affordable housing, especially downtown. That issue is addressed by the restoration of one of the most beautiful historic shopping arcades as 48 affordable micro-lofts, rents...Read more
  • The promise of small towns

    Our rural landscape is home to a network of more than 25,000 small urban gems boasting hidden assets in infrastructure, resources, and architecture, offering opportunities for entrepreneurial business, building, and living.
    Note: This article was written as part of the Project for Lean Urbanism and edited for Public Square. Big cities and metropolitan areas, due to their large populations, geographic expanse and complex social and political contexts, have in place extensive organizational and regulatory systems...Read more
  • A diverse new neighborhood in the city

    A beloved amusement park closed in Denver, CO—luckily, Highlands Garden Village was built in its place.
    For a century, the 27-acre Elitch Gardens amusement park was an exciting destination for Denver, CO—until the facility moved in the 1990s. Luckily for residents, developers Perry Rose built an amazingly diverse neighborhood called Highlands Garden Village amidst the northwest Denver bungalows. An...Read more
  • Market rate housing alleviates displacement, report says

    We’ve known for a long time that housing shortages are a major driver of high housing prices —and that, as a result, places that prevent new construction also tend to have big affordability problems. But now, for the first time that we’re aware of, researchers have taken the next step to showing...Read more