April 17, 2013

Beyond Bricks & Sticks. A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Community Investment

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Boost Brownfield Redevelopment

(RECAP: This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators introduced the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development Act of 2013 (BUILD Act), a bill aimed at assisting local communities in remediating and redeveloping contaminated sites.)

Neighborhood Transformation

Mastering the Metro: How Metro Regions Can Win Friends and Influence Economies

(RECAP: If networks are the new, fast and partly-out-of-your-control vehicles for individual career building, could they also be the vehicles for building stronger economies and more livable communities in metropolitan areas?)

Patient urbanism: Build neighborhoods without high debt

(RECAP: Building neighborhoods patiently requires far less debt for infrastructure and results in places that are more interesting than those that are built all at once. This was once the way we built everywhere, but it is now illegal all over. Why?)

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