What Is Density Anyway?

There are a lot of people talking about density these days.  Is it good and important for sustainability? Or is it bad and hurts property values? When we talk about density, we rarely define it, but it clearly means very different things to different people. During a recent ULI Technical Assistance Panel I was part of in Provincetown, this really came…

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The Housing Ecosystem

People often talk about moving up the housing ladder. The progression is pretty standard for many; from living with your parents, you move to a college dorm and then your first apartment, maybe pausing at a starter condo before buying a house. But not only is the housing ladder getting harder for many people to climb, it’s also missing some…

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For Better or Worse, Provincetown is Ahead of the Curve

Provincetown is one of my favorite places – anywhere.  I’ve been going there for almost 30 years; I have watched it change, as places do, and I love it now as much as I did then. But like all communities, it has its concerns and issues. So I was honored to be part of an Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance…

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What is the Future of Downtown?

One of the best things about great cities is that they adapt and change. Rail yards become new neighborhoods, and industrial districts become lofts, offices, and shopping centers. The ability of the urban fabric to evolve with the rapidly changing ways we live and work is part of the reason people and businesses are returning to the city core. It…

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Where Is Retail Going Anyway?

Some say it’s going away. Some say it’s online. Others say it’s changing so fast that it’s impossible to know. While the role retail plays is changing, it remains a critical component of both the real estate industry and our public places.  Even if it’s more convenient to buy certain things online, the social act of going downtown (or to…

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The Self-Driving Car Could Eliminate the Parking Garage

Amy Korte was interviewed by the Boston Globe about how autonomous cars and ride sharing will impact facilities in the future.  Her recent research focuses on the future design of parking structures; as the automated technology becomes more of a reality for travelers, it’s critical to design parking facilities that can transform over time.  In early years, parking layouts can…

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Themes in Campus Planning

As universities and colleges are changing their approach to planning their campus facilities, the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Boston Panel Discussion “Knowledge is Power: Higher Ed Trends & Projects” on January 28 could not have come at a better time. The morning event featured four panelists from Boston-area institutions including: Janet Chrisos, Deputy Director at the Massachusetts State…

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Cambridge Net Zero Breakfast

Join me as the USGBC MA’s Advocacy Committee welcomes Susanne Rasmussen, Director of Transportation and Environmental Planning for the City of Cambridge. Susanne will be speaking about Cambridge’s Net Zero Plan. Cambridge is leading the way for a net zero future in Massachusetts, and their policy can provide ideas for other municipalities to create successful plans for their communities. Listen as we discuss…

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Update from CitySquare

At Arrowstreet, many of our complex projects develop over a long period of time.  Our work on CitySquare in Worcester, which is taking shape now with the development of a public garage, housing and hotel, began in 2004.  As the master planner and architect for the 20-acre revitalization project, our involvement has continued through the latest phases with the design…

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