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thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development
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The new economy: work closer, live smaller, connect better

The new economy: work closer, live smaller, connect better | green streets | Scoop.it

The Urban Land Institute’s latest forward-looking report for the real estate industry has lots of hopeful news for the environment, if perhaps also some sobering news for the economy. Titled What’s Next? Real Estate in the New Economy (print edition here, download here), the core of the 116-page analysis is divided into chapters titled Work, Live, Connect, Renew, Move, and Invest. It is the latest in an excellent series of trend-watching reports from the industry association and think tank, and was unveiled in late October at the Institute’s annual conference.

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America's Most Transformed Neighborhoods

America's Most Transformed Neighborhoods | green streets | Scoop.it

The APA tracks neighborhoods, streets and spaces around the U.S., assessing local economies, housing, transportation and infrastructure, green space, entertainment options, development projects and unique local attributes. Each year the association ranks and releases a list of 10 Great Neighborhoods. Combing through the neighborhoods APA has deemed “great”, we picked out the ones that earned that title thanks to heavy-duty revitalization projects.

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Hong Kong MTR: A Sustainable Model for Mass Transit

Hong Kong MTR: A Sustainable Model for Mass Transit | green streets | Scoop.it

Hong Kong Mass Transit Rail (MTR) is one of the most efficient, safe, reliable and affordable systems in the world. Its extensive network carries over 4 million passengers per day, connecting Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and the New Territories.

The MTR is unique in another way, too: it is a profitable transit system. Despite the ridership, this profit is not driven by passenger tickets or ads but by its strategy of integrating railway infrastructure with urban development. The MTRC is also a real estate developer and benefits on both ends of this strategy: more riders = more shoppers = higher rent = growing network = more riders.  

Lessons can be learned from Hong Kong's MTR, however it seems that economic growth, high real estate prices and urban density are part of the equation...

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Feature> Breaking Ground - The Architect's Newspaper

Feature> Breaking Ground - The Architect's Newspaper | green streets | Scoop.it
Three Chicago neighborhoods show early signs of leading the real estate recovery. Christopher Bentley surveys the development landscape. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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