Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Round Up: Buffalo's Architectural Heritage, Peoria's Parking Problem, Baltimore's New Zoning, NY's Small Towns, Rural and Urban America

How Buffalo turned architectural heritage into an engine for reinvention

Knowing their strengths, Buffalo has taken their many masterpieces, created by some of the biggest names in architecture history, and turned it into architectural tourism. Along with tax-credits and small-scale private urban planning, the city with such a past is seeing opportunity and a future.

Peoria's Parking Problem

Like many cities across America, there is an issue with overabundance of surface level parking. Peoria is one of those cities and is "so full of parking that the amount of land devoted to surface parking in the county actually surpasses the amount of land devoted to buildings." This continues the debate of paved space versus productive space.

Baltimore’s New Zoning Hoped to Boost More Mixed-Use Development

The new zoning code, unveiled in June 2017, has been in the works since 2012 and was the by-product of public debates and multiple revisions. While many of Baltimore's East-coast sister cities have either stabilized or grown, Baltimore has continued to lose population. The hope is that this new code will turn things around.

Additional website of interest: Discover Baltimore City Neighborhoods

For Oneonta’s Aging Downtown, a $10 Million Face-Lift

New York State turns its attention beyond NYC and Great Lake adjacent cities to its small towns through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. LOA was part of the DRI Oneonta consultant team and look forward to seeing what outcomes and future lie ahead for these often overlooked economies.

The Divide Between Rural and Urban America, in 6 Charts

Beyond the political divide - rural and urban America have other issues. While job growth is higher in urban areas, rural areas still lead the way in entrepreneurship and small business start-ups. Unfortunately, rural areas struggle with poverty and disabilities more so in comparison to their urban counterparts.  

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