Changing demographics and preferences, along with changes in where business choose to locate, are two trends that are creating new market opportunities for infill development. However, infill development can present barriers that discourage developers. Our new report, Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development, discusses how these barriers are often surmountable and are beginning to diminish as infill development becomes more common. Lower infrastructure costs, combined with higher rent and sales prices, can help make infill projects profitable for developers, and also support neighborhoods that are better for the environment and improve quality of life.
Professor Arthur C. Nelson, of the University of Utah, has made a career out of studying the relationships between demographic and real estate market trends. He predicted the 2007 collapse of the housing market because of oversupply of key housing...
"the growth in demand for new housing over the next 30 years will consist primarily of demand for smaller homes on smaller lots, a reversal of the type of demand that fueled sprawl in the late 20th century."
They say the impact on local revenues is a mixed bag. I'm no expert in this area, but it does seem to me in tracking real estate listings that we have more than a few foreclosed properties in communities within the URDL in the wake of the economic downturn.
I like to consider “people habitat” – the realm of places that humans build and inhabit – as having an ecology of its own, roughly analogous to that of natural wildlife habitat. ...
"When revitalization of our distressed neighborhoods and older towns is done well, it is almost unrivaled in its ability to advance simultaneously the “triple bottom line” goals of sustainability: improving the environment, the economy, and social equity" - and these are the goals of our nearly complete mapping project.
The folks who have brought us the wonderful app Walk Score and who also generate “transit scores” for neighborhoods and cities have just issued new rankings of the best cities in the US for taking public transportation. In particular,...
Environmentalists are slamming a new draft Chesapeake Bay restoration agreement for failing to address toxic pollution or even mention climate change as a complicating factor in the three-decade effort to revive the ailing estuary.
The proposed plan helps to guide land conservation and the development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years, aiming to: provide Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities; encourage the enjoymentand stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection.
The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan also serves as Maryland’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and upon final approval by the National Park Service, qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.
Once you hoist this aboard, it really puts a "complete streets" policy at the top of the list of pedestrian improvements in "retrofitting suburdlia." We have some leaders in the County who understand this.
When a city or town loses a historic building in its center, it loses a piece of its identity, part of the “there” that communities must have to distinguish themselves, to be cared for and loved. It is important,...
I don't know how many such buildings there may be in communities other than Towson in our county, but the building in Towson does have a historic bearing. One can't help but agree with Kaid Benfield, here.
Americans walk less on a regular basis than the residents of almost every other comparable country. We’re also one of the most unfit and overweight countries in the world. We need to address both issues at once by making...
The German city of Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, has announced an ambitious plan to create and link an amazing 27 square miles of new and existing green space all over the city. The result will be a...
Hamburg: a city of considerable green ambition - [The plan] will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens and cemeteries through green paths. Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre. In 15 to 20 years you'll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot."
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