Community Development


The Revolution Will Be…Built

by Yahya E. B. Henry   In case you have not noticed by now, I am truly an advocate of infill development. I think my fascination with this particular development was highlighted in this interview by CNN with Richard Florida. In the video he highlights …

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5 Reasons Why Infill Development Is Needed Now

by Yahya E. B. Henry What is Infill Development? Infill development is the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed.  Most communities have significant vacant land within city limits, which, for various reasons, has been passed over in …

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March 19, 2012

Community Redevelopment Through Small-Scale Infill Development

by Yahya E. B. Henry Rebuilding the fabric of inner cities has been a passion of mine since understanding the power of design and infill development-more specifically small-scale infill development. Small-scale infill can be classified as projects comprising less than 100 housing units and fewer …

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January 18, 2012

Under Construction: Diversity in Commercial Real Estate

by Yahya E. B. Henry “Commercial real estate is perhaps the most compelling investment opportunity in the United States right now, it is a $5 trillion business where one percent is minority.” Quinton Primo III of Capri Capital Partners L.L.C. “  ~ from Black Enterprise …

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September 11, 2010

O Brother (Yahya) Where Art Thou?

by Yahya E. B. Henry This summer has been a blur and seemingly, far from over. Over the past 3 months, I’ve had the opportunity to explore the Southern states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and South Florida. Some work, some play but overall an education. …

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February 1, 2010

The KISS Principle and Sustainability

by Timothy Hughes The titanic effort of changing our energy policy, land use policy, and indeed our entire economy is overwhelming and daunting. Often though, it is the simple step that can generate significant incremental impacts. Baby steps are a lot easier for the public …

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December 16, 2009

Crisis, Sustainability, Values and “American Exceptionalism”

by Timothy Hughes The current economic crisis offers a chance for a paradigm shift. We should not waste this opportunity by returning to the status quo that existed before the downturn or even pining for that unsustainable state. Instead, we should embrace rethinking our economy, …

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November 17, 2009

No Urban America Without Rural America

I live a double life. Most recently that life has been spent amid a cacophony of rumbling trains on the elevated subway line outside my window, the din of car horns from the drive-through fast food restaurant below my building, shrieks from emergency vehicles, bangs …

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October 15, 2009

A History Lesson with APHA and the Built Environment

by Andre Blackman Over the past 100 years, public health in the United States has grown in importance by leaps and bounds. Much of the field has its historical roots based in events surrounding disease prevention, population safety and a slew of regulations that were …

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October 10, 2009

Inspiration and Community in Web 2.0

by James Bedell As I typed the title of this post, even I cringed. Anyone who thinks they’re a social media “guru” or “expert” or whatever, is wrong. Why? Because Web 2.0 style social media is too new to have any experts. How can you …

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