Virginia Developer Is on a Mission to Revive His Town

By Melena Rysik
Published: July 24, 2012
NY Times

The Kirk Avenue Music Hall, a four-year-old club named for its downtown block here, offers an unexpected perk to its performers: an apartment. For a night or so, before or after gracing the stage, artists stay at no charge in a loft a block away, signing the guest book with notes of gratitude.

“We don’t have money, we don’t have fame, so hospitality is really critical,” said Ed Walker, the club’s landlord and a founder.

It is hard to miss Mr. Walker’s brand of hospitality on Kirk Avenue. He owns nine of its storefronts, turning what was a forlorn block not long ago into a social destination. The music hall doubles as a microcinema and event space. There is Lucky, a restaurant run by a touring rock band that decided to stay put, and Freckles, a cafe and vintage shop with monthly craft nights, whose owner called Mr. Walker the town’s Jimmy Stewart, a favorite son and guiding light.

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Rush to rent, and build apartments

By Jim Weiker
Published: June 30, 2012
The Columbia Dispatch

The 5,000 apartments under development in central Ohio were of no help to Lindsay Earle and Courtney Georg.

The roommates recently discovered that in popular parts of town, renters far outnumber apartments.

With solid jobs, good credit and references, they figured they could easily find an apartment or house in German Village, the Short North or Grandview Heights for less than $1,400 a month.

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The Hottest Trends in Urban Housing

By Kaid Benfield
Published: April 4, 2012
theatlanticcities.com

I was privileged to participate along with some very smart urban thinkers in a recent program on the resilience of cities. The subject of the Great Recession came up, and I volunteered that the persistent economic slump had hurt both good and bad development. But I offered that it had hurt bad development (land-consuming, totally automobile-dependent subdivisions on the suburban edge) more than good, given that new, speculative development in sprawling outer locations had virtually ground to a halt.

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How to Build a Successful Downtown Stadium

By Eric Jaffe
Published: March 27, 2012
theatlanticcities.com

Coors Field, in downtown Denver, became home to baseball’s Colorado Rockies in 1995. Its impact on the city was as immediate as it was considerable: housing units in the area of the stadium doubled within a year of its completion, and retail and restaurant development experienced a similar boom. Soon after it opened the stadium’s economic influence was estimated at $195 million a year, twice what city officials had predicted.

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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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