High-profile West Palm Beach town center is not doing as well as predicted — but there’s positive news as well. New urbanists are still trying to figure out how to make mixed-use town centers work. New Urban News recently conducted an informal survey of new urban mixed-use retail centers, and found about 60 — of all shapes and sizes — built or partly built. For the majority of these projects, the performance indicators have been good.
A large-scale plan in St. Lucie County, Florida, offers a new way of developing agricultural land. A plan called “a paradigm shift for South Florida growth management strategy” — and one that would be unusual anywhere in the US — is expected to be approved by St. Lucie County in September.
Fifteen years ago, a group of architects met to design Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The charrette, led by Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, merited a major feature in the New York Times. The coverage was prescient — Kentlands turned out to be one of the most influential real estate projects of the past two decades.