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    Published on 31 Jan 2012 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Demographics
    2. Development and Real Estate

    Veloise writes:

    Interesting article about Richard Florida. (prospect.org)

    "In our interview, Florida shies away from making the abandonment argument as forthrightly. He tells me his Atlantic piece was the "best thing I've ever done" but backs away from it under questioning. "I'm not saying abandon these places," he says. "I'm saying, number one, invest in their assets, number two, invest in their connective fiber" to other cities. He is an advocate of building high-speed rail to link cities like Detroit, Buffalo, and Milwaukee to Chicago and Toronto. What he really opposes, he says, is propping up industries like auto manufacturing. He recognizes that expecting people to leave home for his creative hubs is "gut wrenching" and laments the "massive geographic inequality" that will result. ...
    Published on 05 Dec 2011 6:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Development and Real Estate
    2. Planning Practice
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    The online magazine Salon is publishing an ongoing series of articles by Will Doig called Dream City, about exciting and innovative ideas that are shaping the future of cities. ...
    Published on 21 Nov 2011 8:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Development and Real Estate
    2. History and Preservation
    3. Planning Practice
    4. Urban Design

    By Perry Norton FAICP

    I have some knowledge of the historical roles of central cities, but what is the role today, if any? The central city is certainly not the hub of transportation anymore, nor is it the commercial/retail center. There is very little manufacturing in the center. In Detroit, General Motors Tech is out on the 8 Mile Road, isn't it?

    So, what's left? Well, the City and County Complex is probably downtown, and the courts, thus offices full of lawyers. There may be a theater or two, but there are theaters elsewhere - outside the centers of cities, in Overland Park KS, for example..

    In the August 1992 issue of Planning magazine (APA) there was an article titled "Is downtown worth saving?" It didn't strike me that the answer contained therein was a resounding "yes". Oh there were some contributors to the article who used poetic language about the downtown being the essence of ethnic diversity, and the intellectual village of the 21st century. They thought, as to be expected, that downtown was worth saving, but they didn't, in my opinion, contribute much to the question: for what? ...
    Published on 17 Nov 2011 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Development and Real Estate
    2. Housing

    mkg920 writes:

    In a trend that does not surprise me at all, many banks are opting to no longer hold on to many essentially worthless foreclosed properties and instead are starting to demolish the structures and then give away the land for free.

    See the responses here. ...
    by Published on 08 Nov 2011 6:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Development and Real Estate
    2. Education
    3. Environment
    4. Planning Practice
    5. Practitioners and People
    6. Transportation
    7. Urban Design
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    TED, an acronym for "Technology, Entertainment and Design", is a series of conferences formed to spread "ideas worth spreading". TED's mission statement is:

    "We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we're building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other."

    TED conferences include a number of TED Talks by influential presenters on a variety of subjects. The popularity of TED spread when TED Talks were made available online, and a growing number of TEDx events were organized in cities throughout the world. Until recently, the talks focused on technology, multimedia, science and design. With awareness of issues related to the built environment coming to the forefront in recent years, it was inevitable that urban planning and urbanism would become the subject of many TED Talks. Here's 12 planning-related Talks as an introduction to what TED offers. Unfortunately, they aren't eligible for AICP CE credits. ...