Steel City Renaissance

By Mike Sheridan
Published: September 28, 2011
Urban Land

Spurred by growth in the medical, education, financial services, and computer software industries, and eyed by energy companies that are seeking to develop the nearby Marcellus shale gas tracts, Pittsburgh—a city that was once the butt of jokes—is thriving. Downtown office rents are expected to rise 7.5 percent this year—more than triple the national average—and PNC Financial Services Group is developing a 40-story building downtown.

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Cincinnati’s 3CDC: A Model for Urban Transformation

By Mike Sheridan
Published: September 28, 2011
Urban Land

Only a few years ago, Cincinnati, Ohio’s Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood was known for having one of the highest crime rates in the city. Today, the area—believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States—has been transformed into one of Cincinnati’s most vibrant sectors.

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Downtown is for People

By Jane Jacobs
Originally published in 1958; Republished September 18, 2011
CNN Money

This year is going to be a critical one for the future of the city. All over the country civic leaders and planners are preparing a series of redevelopment projects that will set the character of the center of our cities for generations to come. Great tracts, many blocks wide, are being razed; only a few cities have their new downtown projects already under construction; but almost every big city is getting ready to build, and the plans will soon be set.

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Silverstein Uses Avatar-Quality CGI to Bring the World Trade Center to Life [Video]

By Matt Chaban
September 8, 2011
New York Observer

Silverstein Properties, along with Mayor Bloomberg, Chris Ward, Daniel Liebeskind, Michael Arad and pretty much every other person working at the World Trade Center site, held a construction update in the new 10th-floor leasing office inside 7 World Trade Center yesterday.

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One Path to Better Jobs: More Density in Cities

By RYAN AVENT
Published: September 3, 2011
New York Times

“HELL is other people,” wrote Jean-Paul Sartre. He nonetheless spent much of his life in Paris, the better to interact with other French intellectuals. Cities have long been incubators and transmitters of ideas, and, correspondingly, engines of economic growth.

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