Tag: Area Planning and Renewal

Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

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The Immigrants Trump Denounces Have Helped Revive the Cities He Scorns

ImageChildren in Mexican folklore outfits braving Chicago weather for an “El Dia del Nino” parade in Pilsen in April.CreditAbel Uribe/Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press President Trump has turned repeatedly throughout his tenure and his re-election campaign to two targets: immigrants whom he has described as “invading” the country, and American cities he has called out […]

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The Man Who Rebuilt New Haven, Boston and Beyond

SAVING AMERICA’S CITIESEd Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban AgeBy Lizabeth Cohen Master city builders, like presidents, acquire reputations that veer back and forth as the generations pass. Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the man who gave us modern Paris, was reviled in his own time as a destroyer of community life and […]

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It’s Manhattan’s Last Affordable Neighborhood. But for How Long?

For decades, Inwood has been one of New York City’s untouched gems. Nestled among rivers and rolling forest at the northernmost tip of Manhattan, the 500-acre neighborhood has again and again batted away the forces of gentrification — until now. As the city confronts an affordable housing crisis, it has finally opened up Inwood to […]

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Looking For a New Way to Live

This article is part of a new series on Visionaries. The New York Times selected people from all over the world who are pushing the boundaries of their fields, from science and technology to culture and sports. For James Ehrlich, farm-to-table is just a starting point for the future. The New York native, who migrated […]

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$110 Million to Fix Central Park Section Far From ‘Billionaire’s Row’

For a majority of visitors from across New York and the world, Central Park is memorable for what they find at the southern end. That’s where the zoo is. And the carousel. And the pond where hobbyists launch their radio-guided sailboats. And the lake, where couples launch themselves in rowboats. The southern part of the […]

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Cable Cars Over Jerusalem? Some See ‘Disneyfication’ of Holy City

JERUSALEM — At a glance, Jerusalem’s Holy Basin still looks pretty much as it must have looked centuries ago. The Old City’s yellow walls still read in silhouette against an ancient landscape of parched hills and valleys. The skyline is still dominated by the city’s great Muslim and Christian shrines: the gold, glistening Dome of […]

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Utopia, Abandoned

IN THE 1950S, the small town of Ivrea, which is about an hour’s train ride north of Turin, became the site of an unheralded experiment in living and working. Olivetti, a renowned designer and manufacturer of typewriters and accounting machines, decided to provide for its employees through retirement. They were given the opportunity to take […]

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‘It’s Not the Same’: Why War Refugees Who Helped Revive St. Louis Are Leaving

ST. LOUIS — It took Beriz Nukic about two years after landing on a new continent as a war refugee to open his own business. Mr. Nukic learned English on the fly, and started with a simple concept — a Turkish coffee roastery for Bosnians, who drink Turkish coffee as though it is water. Soon […]

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A Gentler Way to Gentrify?

Don’t call the real estate development company Venn a developer. Its founders prefer “neighboring start-up.” And don’t call the company’s tenants, who are scattered across 20 buildings in the quickly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, renters. They are “members” or “Venners.” “We describe ourselves as a new way of living,” said Or Bokobza, the chief […]

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Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists?

KOMODO NATIONAL PARK, Indonesia — The Komodo dragon, a 10-foot lizard native only to a scattering of islands in Indonesia, flicked its forked tongue. Two boys were standing nearby, the perfect size for dragon snacks. A local guide shrugged at their unease and urged them closer to the reptile. Komodo dragons resemble dinosaurs that missed […]

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Is This Tower Too Tall for the Lower East Side?

Weather: The week starts cool. Today will be dry and sunny, with temperatures in the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday (Eid al-Adha). ImageCreditSarah Blesener for The New York Times On the Lower East Side of Manhattan, developers had been planning three luxury buildings, one of which would stand over 1,000 feet. Then […]

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Plan for Supertall Tower Looming Over Lower East Side Is Halted, for Now

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The constant charge of high-rise developments that have demolished, rebuilt and reshaped so many New York City neighborhoods has largely marched on unimpeded in recent years despite fierce objections from community groups and preservationists. That changed on Thursday. A […]

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How ‘Developer’ Became Such a Dirty Word

A 1906 drawing of the Empire Building in Denver.CreditLibrary of Congress The building itself, decades later.CreditLibrary of Congress The developers are coming. They’ve got the politicians in their pockets and the gaudy architectural plans in their hands. They will gorge on the entire city. And they won’t stop until peak profit has been wrung from […]

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From Former Mental Hospital to Recreational Hub

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Lunatic Asylum admitted its first patient in 1828. Ever since, its impressive brick wards surrounded by nearly 200 acres of leafy lawns and gardens served as landmarks in Columbia, the state’s capital. Almost 200 years later, and three decades after the last patient was discharged, the old brick buildings […]

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For Seattle’s Last Mobile Home Owners, the Clock Is Ticking

SEATTLE — The very name of the Halcyon Mobile Home Park evokes happy tranquillity, and that’s what many residents were hoping it would be: an affordable place to enjoy their retirement in peace. For a small fraction of what a standard house costs in the Pacific Northwest, a notoriously expensive corner of the country, they could […]

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Cities Need Affordable Housing, but Builders Want Big Profits. Can It Work?

WASHINGTON — The Wharf is a gleaming, $2.5 billion development that has transformed a long-stagnant waterfront into a major destination in the nation’s capital. Along a mile of the Potomac River is an array of high-end hotels, entertainment venues, shops, restaurants and apartments. They include the 6,000-capacity Anthem concert venue, an InterContinental hotel and Vio, […]

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Should Macy’s Build a Giant Tower in One of N.Y.’s Most Congested Neighborhoods?

Edward Assile started working for his family’s textile supply company near Macy’s landmark Herald Square store in the 1980s, when the Manhattan neighborhood was part of the garment district. Fabric shops surrounded the store and the sight of workers hurriedly pushing racks of clothing up and down the streets was common. Macy’s still stands, but […]

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Trash-Picking Robots? Park Bench Monitors? Toronto Debates Tech Giant’s Waterfront Plans

Citizens’ groups have challenged it and privacy advocates have wrung their hands, asking whether Toronto was taking its embrace of technology too far by allowing a sibling company of Google to help remake a rundown part of its waterfront. But specifics have been incomplete about the project in the year and half since the company […]

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The Toxic Secret Underneath the Seaport

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In an area as old as the South Street Seaport, a part of Lower Manhattan that dates to the 17th century, historic remnants are bound to turn up from time to time. A wooden ship was unearthed on Water […]

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