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    Published on 14 Jun 2012 8:00 AM
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    1. Economic Development
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    jwmun writes:

    You've heard it before: "These parking fees are killing business!"

    What do you all think? Accurate statement or scapegoating?

    I'm working in a fairly urban setting, but one that is competing with surrounding towns where they don't charge for parking. Obviously, the economy is poor right now, business is down, and there are more vacancies. Merchants, politicians, and others are pointing at the parking authority who (gasp) charges people to park, as the culprit.
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    Published on 04 Jun 2012 8:00 AM
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    1. Economic Development

    Cardinal writes:

    I recently read an article about a new development in a city where I have done a great deal of work. The community development director was quoted gushing about a new development project. This would be low-income senior apartments, part built by the housing authority and part by a private developer. They would be built on a redevelopment site on the river.

    This is a nice location. As I mentioned, it is on the river, at the edge of downtown, and adjacent to a park. You would be right if you thought it could command some high value condominium development. In fact, there was a proposal for the site before the economy tanked. There is not that much demand now, but there will certainly be at some future time. I cringed when I heard that the City approved the low value development. It is a long term wasted opportunity to bring much needed high density, owner occupied, high value residential uses into the river corridor. Instead there will be low income seniors who will not have the same impact in spending at nearby businesses, encouraging investment in redevelopment, adding higher income residents in the neighborhood, and creating valuable property to add to the tax roll. ...
    Published on 16 May 2012 8:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Economic Development
    2. Housing

    Hawkeye66 writes:

    There are several old blocks with 80% degraded structures in our city, we are looking at re-development on a block scale. We have envisioned some mixed use development in a few of these. Has anyone used an RFP or other method to find a developer for these types of projects? I had this in mind: The City would consider doing the teardowns and lot acquisitions and sell it for a reasonable price working with the developer on more dense housing. The water, sewer and roads are already there. Some of the blocks adjacent blocks are commercial already, so it would sort of be a mixed use. ...
    Published on 28 Dec 2011 7:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Demographics
    2. Economic Development
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    MetroTrends is a site from the Urban Institute that features interactive charts and maps, expert commentaries, and downloadable datasets regarding the state of metropolitan economies in the United States. ...
    Published on 20 Dec 2011 8:00 AM
    Categories:
    1. Economic Development
    2. Land Use and Zoning

    Richmond Jake writes:

    I was talking to a contractor last week and he was telling me about a new product Walmart is developing. He called them "mini-Walmarts" and told me up to 400 of these were planned in the southeast. Larger than a 7-11 but smaller than a typical grocery store. Basically, he told me the new focus is rural and small town communities and targeting the success of Dollar Generals and their ilk. I know there are areas in my county where they would thrive. A quick Google search uncovered this article: Walmart Planning Hundreds of Mini Shops ...
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