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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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Tempered Optimism is Key to a Sustainable Green Infrastructure

It’s a beautiful, warm spring day here in Richmond, VA.  The sprinklers were going in neighborhood yards as I left for work this morning and the clouds are moving lightly on the breeze.  With the sun shining and the birds chirping outside of my office …

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February 25, 2010

The American Poor Spread to Suburbia, but We’re not Ready

Demographics are shifting and our current land use policies are not prepared to handle a significant shift in migration. With the poor having such a large presence in suburban America, retailers will face some challenges moving forward. If these trends continue, we can expect to …

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January 8, 2010

can you see the sea?

by Liz Neves Brooklyn 1766 From where I live, I can hear cruise ships sound warnings in the night. I can see sea gulls pausing in church towers. Sometimes, I think I can even smell the sea, or at least feel its misty kiss. But …

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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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November 13, 2009

Local Motion: Land Use & Reaction to 40,000 New Residents

by Yahya E. B. Henry At first glance, you would think Fayetteville, NC was the mecca of affordable living. The city was voted one of America’s most military-friendly cities and has received quite a bit of national press over the past several months; primarily, for …

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November 11, 2009

Land Use Change an Overlooked Cause of Global Warming

Copenhagen is fast approaching and little conversation has been given to the role land use has in reducing greenhouse emissions. A Georgia Tech Professor makes a strong argument that land use policy needs to be a top priority. From Science Daily | Reducing Greenhouse Gases …

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October 24, 2009

Why Walkable Development is Important; It Can Cost You

by Yahya E. B. Henry What makes the perfect site? In real estate, the old adage of “Location, Location, Location,” is still true but the locations are changing. You were considered golden if you secured a large undeveloped tract of land with proper zoning that …

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October 12, 2009

Dividing water and other calamities between arbitrary boundaries

by Tommy Manuel I woke up on the morning of October 5th, poured a cup of coffee, and opened the paper.  Unusual for me, but I had just arrived in my home state of South Carolina the previous evening from New York.  As I enjoyed …

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