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Strong demand for historic downtowns and neighborhoods brings a surge of population at a level not seen in 70 years.
Note: 2016 is the centennial of the birth of Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs’s pivotal book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is the most influential American text about the inner workings of cities—of how they fail but also of how...
The Pink Zone is a tool for concentrating resources to enable small-scale, community-centered revitalization. It defines an area of focus, leverages a suite of tools, and provides a community platform to gather resources and make commitments.
City planning department, with funds from the Knight Foundation, hires teams to explore reducing red tape in development projects.

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The planning director in Charlotte, North

The planning director in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently urged the City Council to exert greater control over growth in this rapidly expanding...

The first phase of the Martin Luther King

The first phase of the Martin Luther King development, a HOPE VI project designed by Torti Gallas & Partners, opened in Philadelphia in April....

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Six years ago, the American Planning Association kicked off a major initiative aimed at helping states modernize planning law and manage change. APA...

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