Tag: sprawl


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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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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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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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 6, 2009

President Pitches Plan to Revive America’s Cities

Unlike past administrations, the Obama White House has made revitalizing America’s cities a top priority. The collaboration between federal agencies is a great step forward but long overdue; efforts are being made to ensure sustainable development is at the forefront: “For too long, federal policy …

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October 3, 2009

Creating Neighborhood Capital from Strip Malls

Strip malls as community economic generators? New model explores leveraging community strip malls into engines of economic activity versus cash cows for their owners. From Planetzien | Creating Neighborhood Capital from Strip Malls Strip malls are in virtually every American city, but they’re rarely an …

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September 23, 2009

Regionalism: Why some people don’t get it

by Yahya E. B. Henry “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” – …

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September 18, 2009

Ready, Fire, Aim: The Backdrop

In my few years in business I’ve learned there are people who DO and those that talking about DOING, this is my lessons learned from jumping into the deep. Most like to great ready, aim and then go for the prize … well I went for the prize and now I’m aiming in on my target.

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