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Can we create a new downtown?

This was the case in Storrs, Connecticut, home to UConn, the state’s flagship university. Having no downtown made it hard to recruit students and staff, but even worse, there was no central gathering space for the university community or the townspeople to come together to celebrate, dine, shop, or take care of everyday needs, such as grocery shopping or doctor visits.

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Reconnecting with the Street Grid

It seems strange to most people that the idea of removing infrastructure could ever be a good thing. But in many cities, that’s exactly the case. Our excitement to build freeways in the 1950’s and beyond led us to build far more highway and road infrastructure than we... read more

What Can Savannah Learn From the Westside Future Fund?

Savannah Development and Renewal Authority was delighted to host Dhiru Thadani last week as part of the Savannah Urbanism Series. For those that couldn’t attend, or for those that would like to learn more, here is some information about the redevelopment efforts for... read more

Savannah Urbanism Series Announces Renowned Urbanist Dhiru Thadani as Guest Speaker

Held semi-annually, The Savannah Urbanism Series is intended to educate and empower the greater Savannah community on current issues in planning and development. At these events, it is our goal to bring in leading professionals and thinkers to facilitate an open dialogue on the difficult questions presented by growth, change, and development in urban places like Savannah. These vital discussions have the potential to challenge prevailing approaches to development and foster informed and proactive policies for the future.

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How to Make Your Block Better

Jason Roberts founded The Better Block (now The Better Block Foundation) in 2010, and in a few short years his work has taken off like a rocket ship.

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Is Small the New Big?

Our common view of real estate development is that it occurs in big, expensive chunks – picture large-scale subdivisions and high-rise towers. That scale of enterprise often seems mysterious and expensive. It’s what we imagine the word “developer” to mean. But... read more

Zoning: The Delicate Balance

City Observatory is a fairly new website and blog that has done an excellent job of presenting data to evaluate common issues in planning. They take on some of the most emotional and controversial subjects in planning and development, and provide some deep, factual... read more