Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Sun

San Bernardino County Sun reports that

“The city needs to put its best face forward, especially on the 215 Freeway frontage, if it wants to improve its image.

That’s the recommendation of Vaughan Davies, director of urban design for EDAW, a 60-year-old Los Angeles urban design firm with offices in 22 cities around the world.

Four months after being retained by San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency, Davies introduced three different planning strategies for revitalizing the downtown to the public in a standing-room-only presentation in the old Woolworth Building on the corner of Fourth and E streets on Thursday.”

SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun – Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino

Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says | ajc.com

AJC.com reports that “the construction activity in Buckhead is “goofy.”

That description comes not from a disgruntled neighbor but the Urban Land Institute, a national organization of developers, many of whom are in Atlanta.

Buckhead absorbs less than 500,000 square feet of office space annually, but more than 2 million square feet is under construction, the report said.

ULI presented its annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report on Tuesday and once again Atlanta is portrayed as overbuilt and not a particularly attractive place to invest.”

SOURCE: ajc.com – Atlanta a poor choice for real estate investing, report says | ajc.com.

Penn State Outreach Program Wins National Award for ‘Rethinking Urban Poverty’ – MarketWatch

“The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the Outreach Scholarship Partnership has awarded Lakshman Yapa, a professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, the 2008 C. Peter Magrath Engagement Award for his work with Rethinking Urban Poverty: the Philadelphia Field Project.”

SOURCE: MarketWatch – Penn State Outreach Program Wins National Award for ‘Rethinking Urban Poverty’

More transit, fewer roads in city’s new master plan

Ottawa Citizen reports that “Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Ottawa road projects will be postponed until at least the middle of the next decade or even cancelled to pay for the city’s new mass-transit plan, if city council follows its own staff’s advice.”

SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – More transit, fewer roads in city’s new master plan.

Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids’ Health

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.

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