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St. Joe Corp. of Jacksonville, Florida, the largest landholder in the state, announced an agreement in principle October 1 to “combine” with the Arvida Company, a major real estate developer based in Boca Raton, Florida. The acquisition or merger...
Former Congress for the New Urbanism executive director Peter Katz has launched a firm, Urban Advantage, to promote well-designed developments and improvements in the public realm. “We’re a full service consultancy promoting the inherent benefits of...
In 1748, Giovanni Battista Nolli finished a 12-year project creating a vertical projection plan of Rome. The two-dimensional plan showed all areas accessible to the public — streets, piazzas, courtyards, interiors of cathedrals and other public...
A National Town Builders Association (NTBA) is being formed in Washington, D.C. The NTBA is a project initiated by Neil Takemoto of World Idea Networks and has the backing of town planner Andres Duany. Takemoto has set dues as $3,500 for developers...
New financial agreements have finally cleared the way for the construction of Playa Vista, the troubled but much heralded new urban development in Los Angeles designed by Moule & Polyzoides and Duany Plater-Zyberk. If built as planned, the...
The City of Redmond, Washington, sprawling suburb and home of Microsoft Corp., almost had a four-anchor enclosed regional mall, planned and approved in the l980s. The 1989 bankruptcy of a major tenant intervened. When the project resurfaced in 1992...
A failed regional mall in Winter Park, Florida, was the subject of a redesign charrette in May, 1997. The consultants — Dover, Kohl & Partners, Gibbs Planning Group and Glatting Jackson Anglin Lopez Rinehart — proposed a two-step transformation...
Saks Fifth Avenue is planning additional “main street” department stores, after successfully experimenting with smaller, downtown locations in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Charleston, South Carolina. These stores are about a third the size (35,000 to...
Some supporters of New Urbanism believe that big box stores, typically built of dryvit faced cinderblocks and ranging from 25,000 sq. ft. to 250,000 sq. ft., have no place on traditional main streets. To date, very few such stores have located in...
Quantifying the benefits of New Urbanism poses problems for two reasons. First, the movement is so new that sufficient built examples for study are lacking. Second, some of the benefits are spiritual, and therefore defy measurement. How does one...
Twenty-four foot wide streets are the safest, according to a study by Swift and Associates and the City of Longmont, Colorado. The study, Residential Street Typology and Injury Accident Frequency, looked at 20,000 automobile accident reports over an...
Researchers determine that good urban design is the reason why consumers are willing to pay more to live in the Gaithersburg neotraditional project. A recent George Washington University study shows that consumers are willing to pay $30,000 to $...