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Global Survey and Interactive Map Score Urban Developments That Embrace Low-Emission Transportation to Grow Cities of the Future

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Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA —A global catalog of 50 urban developments on six continents maps out the growing trend of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). The survey, compiled by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), using its TOD Standard evaluation tool, shows which projects connect people conveniently, affordably and safely to jobs, shopping, education and other opportunities that cities provide.

The best of these developments were placed into an interactive online map, to be released at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, that highlights which ones embody the TOD Standard’s eight primary categories. With the urban share of the world’s population expected to increase to 70 percent by 2050, the entire package helps urban planners, government regulators and real-estate developers meet the needs of their burgeoning cities without worsening regional climate change impacts.

“There are many places where the car-centric lifestyle is becoming a thing of the past. Young, creative people in particular would rather walk and cycle than drive, and this innovative urban design that began with few progressive neighborhood developers is now moving to major emerging economies such as China and Brazil,” said ITDP CEO Walter Hook. “If a billion people in the developing world move to car-oriented cities, the social and environmental toll could be catastrophic. Fortunately, real estate developers are increasingly responding to these new priorities embraced by city governments and people of all economic means.” {….}

Superior Plating project in northeast Minneapolis shows signs of movement

Janet Moore | Star Tribune

After many fits and starts over the years, redevelopment of the Superior Plating property in northeast Minneapolis into a residential and retail enclave appears to be inching forward once again.

Just a month ago, the project appeared to be on hold. The 5.4-acre swath of land along 1st Avenue NE. — one of the few parcels left for development in the popular city neighborhood — was targeted for about 500 apartments and up to 35,000 square feet of shops and restaurants.

But last week, Rich Kauffman, president of construction for the Midwest region of DLC Residential, said demolition of the Superior Plating building has begun, and the project is moving forward. Florida-based DLC has signed a letter of intent with property owner First & University Investors to buy the site, a former industrial finishing operation now undergoing an extensive environmental cleanup.

While DLC has yet to submit formal plans to the city, the project has generated much anticipation among neighbors, developers and city officials. {….}

The Superior Plating site in northeast Minneapolis, the last big land parcel in the booming neighborhood, is being cleared for development. Photo: Marlin Levison , Star Tribune

Edgewood-Candler Park station in Atlanta could lure mixed-use developers

Douglas Sams | Atlanta Business Chronicle

Another Atlanta MARTA train station is being showcased as a potential transit-oriented development.

This time it’s land around the Edgewood-Candler Park station on DeKalb Avenue that could be the magnet for a new mixed-use project, most likely involving a mix of residential and retail. Invest Atlanta — the city’s economic development arm —issued a request for proposals to developers interested in the roughly 5-acre site. It set an April 28th deadline for responses.

The Edgewood-Candler station sits just east of downtown Atlanta, part of a broader area that includes Candler Park, Freedom Park Trail and companies such as Big Nerd Ranch. The RFP comes just a couple of months after Walton Communities won the job to develop a mixed-use project at the King Memorial Station just two stops west of Edgewood Candler. Walton Communities plans 386 apartments and 13,000-square feet of retail on about four acres next to King Memorial on Decatur Street, near Georgia State University, Oakland Cemetery and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site. {….}

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Rendering of King Memorial mixed-use project. Invest Atlanta has issued a new RFP for another mixed-use project, this time around the Edgewood Candler MARTA Station.

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