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It takes a village…to make a place: Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo

Written by on January 30, 2014

Our new report, Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, uses case studies to examine how placemaking can be used in Legacy Cities. Below, we share an excerpt from the report. Learn how one Buffalo resident’s morning run ended up sending him down the path of helping to form a vibrant neighborhood association: So, it was…

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Interview with the authors: An inside look at “Placemaking in Legacy Cities”

Written by on January 28, 2014

We recently released Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, which explores how residents and leaders in Legacy Cities have used placemaking principles to transform blighted public spaces into revitalized community assets. In celebration of the report, prepared for the Center for Community Progress by New Solutions Group, LLC, I spoke with Francis Grunow and Sarah Szurpicki, two…

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The March of the Millennial Generation to the Cities is Real

Written by on January 23, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog This past fall, the Washington Post ran a series called “The March of the Millennials” about how this generation is changing Washington D.C. For those of you who have been out of the loop for the last few years, ‘millennials’ or the ‘millennial generation’ is what people are…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties – January 23, 2014

Written by on January 23, 2014

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. These headlines are shared for informational purposes only; sharing does not indicate endorsement. (Missed the last post? Its archived on our blog.) We offer up highlights here, but follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. And we’re scouring the web so…

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Just released! Our new report shares stories of placemaking in Legacy Cities

Written by on January 16, 2014

Today marks the release of our latest publication: Placemaking in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices! The impetus for the report began with a question: how does placemaking apply to Legacy Cities — those former industrial hubs that are rich in historic, institutional, and other assets, but are grappling with sharp population declines? Are there good…

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Headlines: The latest on vacant, abandoned and problem properties – January 9, 2014

Written by on January 9, 2014

This is our twice-monthly round-up of the top stories about vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. While we offer up highlights here, follow us on Twitter for all the latest headlines, in real time. We’re scouring the web so you don’t have to – but if you have a headline to share, feel free to email us!   National Wall Street…

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The Housing Recovery: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Written by on January 3, 2014

Originally posted on the National Housing Institute’s Rooflines blog The housing market is coming back. Finally, after listening to false hopes and promises for the last few years, it may really be happening. New construction starts, existing house sales, and house prices have all been inching up steadily for long enough that it can actually…

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