MinnPost / April 10, 2018

How one St. Paul community is using an equity scorecard to direct neighborhood change

A new flurry of construction on St. Paul’s West Side has prompted discussion within the community about what development should look like in their neighborhood. Over the last year, the West Side Community Organization has been working to create an equitable development scorecard that residents can use to evaluate future development in the neighborhood and weigh in on planning decisions.

Crain's Detroit Business / April 10, 2018

Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye selected to transform Detroit's West Riverfront Park

This week, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced that New York City-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and British architect David Adjaye have won the international design competition for the $50 million transformation of the West Riverfront Park. Their design proposal for the 22-acre, river-adjacent park includes plans for a beach, multiple pavilions, and a small isle for roosting birds.

Next City / April 3, 2018

Pittsburgh ‘cap’ park plans to honor neighborhood history

A new park in Pittsburgh will attempt to reconnect the Hill District to downtown, while striving to honor the past and future of this historically black neighborhood. Like many low-income neighborhoods of color, the Hill District was gutted by urban renewal projects and cut off from downtown by a highway project in the 1950s. Now a new park capping I-579 will create a pedestrian link and a much-needed green space.

Atlanta Magazine / March 29, 2018

What’s going on with transit on the Atlanta BeltLine?

There’s growing concern that the construction of light-rail transit along the full Atlanta BeltLine loop may not be moving forward as planned. As MARTA officials work to finalize what they can afford to build with the limited funding available, an advocacy group is mobilizing citizens to demand transit for the BeltLine.

The Guardian / March 19, 2018

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanization out of control?

The latest projections suggest that urban areas will swell at an astonishing pace. As cities grapple with how to plan for this unprecedented population growth, some city leaders see an opportunity to exchange ideas and initiatives with others around the globe.

Next City / March 14, 2018

D.C. Bridge Park gets a head start on equitable development

Equitable development is the primary focus of Building Bridges Across the River, the nonprofit organization behind the 11th Street Bridge Park project in Washington, D.C. Over the past few years, the nonprofit has attracted the attention of major funders to support the implementation of the park’s equitable development plan.

ArchDaily / March 10, 2018

Detroit's Waterfront is setting a precedent for community-led architecture

The community-led design process for Detroit’s West Riverfront Park has set a new precedent for public engagement in architecture. The four competition finalists have spent the past five months learning what local Detroit residents want to see at West Riverfront Park.