Attracting Millennials to Your Walkable CommunitiesSeptember 10, 2014
Millennials are a notoriously difficult-to-impress bunch when it comes to marketing, and yet they represent a growing percentage of the renting population. It's more important now than ever for apartment owners and property managers to understand what matters to this generation, and a good place to start is walkability. (And walkability is about more than just walking – it's about being able to go where you want to go easily and without always relying on a car, whether that means riding a bike, taking the train, or old-fashioned walking.)
Why 'place' is the new American dreamAugust 05, 2014
The new American Dream will transform cities and towns in the 21st Century. To understand it, we have to grasp a few features of the previous American Dream, which created the metropolitan regions that we know today. That Dream is still operative — although it has faded a bit since the 2008 housing crash. A Pew study shows the country now evenly split between two visions of the good life.
There were many good parts to the 20th Century American Dream. It provided shelter for three generations of Americans. It delivered a house, a yard, and a car (later two or three cars) to most households.
Q&A: How placemaking strategies strengthen local, state economic developmentJuly 22, 2014
Chastity Pratt Dawsey of Bridge sat down recently with Gary Heidel of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to talk about how to improve connections among residents in Michigan communities.
America's New Main Street: What Does It Mean to You?July 01, 2014
What does Main Street in America mean to you? Does our vision of Main Street differ by age or by region? Does it vary by class or ethnicity? How might it change in a city or a suburb or a country town? Is it even a real, physical place any more, or just another name for the home screen of our smart phones? We're asking for your help, and we want you to send us your pictures via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and tag it #SeekingMainStreet.
New study shows that walkable urbanism will provide "an economic foundation for the US economy"June 17, 2014
It used to be simple: there was the city and there were the suburbs. Now, according to Chris Leinberger in a new report Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros, the distinction is a lot more subtle. A lot of suburban town centers have been getting denser and more walkable. Quite a few cities are not. Now, the more critical definitions are walkable (often urban) and driveable (often suburban.) The report notes:
The future growth of walkable urban places could provide the same economic base in the 21st century that drivable sub-urbanism did in the mid-to late-20th century . However, this growth will not be realized without appropriate infrastructure, zoning, and financing mechanisms at the federal, state, and local levels .