Retrofitting suburbia: the state of the art

Retrofitting suburbia: the state of the art via New Urban Network In today’s difficulty economy, three published new urbanist practitioners look at how to get projects going — in the suburbs or elsewhere. On June 1, at CNU 19 in Madison, Wisconsin, an in-depth “202” session will feature a discussion of innovative sprawl retrofit solutions…

Upcoming Event 6/10: Florida Growth Management in the New Era- A Guide to Understanding Florida’s New Legislation

Florida Growth Management in the New Era- A Guide to Understanding Florida’s New Legislation Akerman, in conjunction with the ULI SE Florida/Caribbean and the Florida Redevelopment Association, will host a discussion on the sweeping changes to Florida’s Growth Management laws, approved by the 2011 Legislature. The Community Planning Act radically alters the comprehensive planning process,…

Dixieland Community Redevelopment: Dixieland Alley Improvement Projects

Dixieland Community Redevelopment: Dixieland Alley Improvement Projects The alleyway system in the Dixieland Redevelopment Area is an important network that, if properly utilized, can provide both vehicular and pedestrian access to businesses, relieving traffic pressure on South Florida Avenue.  City staff initiated an alley survey to consolidate all information regarding alley conditions in the Dixieland CRA. …

What Attaches People to Their Communities?

What Attaches People to Their Communities? What makes a community a desirable place to live? What draws people to stake their future in it? Are communities with more attached residents better off? Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched the Knight Soul of the Community project in 2008 with these questions…

Perspectives on Urban Sustainability

Perspectives on Urban Sustainability Sustainability is the capacity to endure, and the capacity for humanity to endure is being tested on a global scale. Population is exploding and becoming increasingly urbanized. It took more than 10,000 generations for the planet to reach two billion humans in the middle of the last century. But someone born…

LDI recently acquired by Littlejohn Engineering Associates, Inc.

Littlejohn Engineering Associates (LEA), a leading Nashville, TN engineering, planning, environmental services, landscape architectural and survey firm has acquired Land Design Innovations (LDI) of Orlando, FL. LDI specializes in municipal planning, economic and redevelopment services, civil engineering and landscape architecture and has a rich 12 year history of quality service to clients in the municipal…

Madico Acquisition of Solamatrix Brings Jobs to Pinellas

Madico Acquisition of Solamatrix Brings Jobs to Pinellas Madico‘s recent acquisition of St. Petersburg, Florida manufacturer Solamatrix, Inc. will result in growth for the company and will create over 60 new, high-wage jobs in Pinellas County, while retaining the existing staff of 52 employees.  Rob Comeau, Madico’s Director of Marketing, states, “The acquisition of Solamatrix…