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What's Your Role in Urban Revitalization?

Posted March 07, 2011 8:07 AM

People are moving back to the cities. At least, that seems to be the trend, according to Construction Digital Magazine. Downtown revitalization efforts across the globe have shifted the focus from sprawl to redevelopment, as formerly rundown or vacant spaces are being transformed into mixed-use properties where people can both live and work in the same building. Still other benefits include less traffic congestion, as more people walk to their destinations. And the overall environment is cleaner, too, with more builders focusing on green methods.

At the same time, cities are becoming smarter. Says Jesse McNicoll, Urban Design coordinator for Sydney, Australia: "Geographic information systems have created a quantum shift in planning processes both for analysis and monitoring of plans. With basic street address or parcel numbers, a customer can find out allowable uses, conditionally permitted uses, fees, and general design standards (setbacks, site coverage, height, etc.) in a few short moments."

As an engineer, architect, or builder, how involved are you in urban redevelopment, and what special tools are you using in your projects?

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03/08/2011 3:58 AM

Apart from building or renovating stuff, which is good, subscribe to cultural venues such as symphony, opera, ballet, stage theater, museums, art gallery events, sporting events, mass transit, restaurants, wineries, microbreweries, all sorts of things.

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04/21/2011 4:03 PM

The benefit to working with general contractors ; first and most importantly you're getting a lot more living space that will improve the comfort level within your home. Second, the modified attic space will add a lot of value to your home - an attractive option if you plan on selling at some point. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: What's Your Role in Urban Revitalization?

04/29/2011 9:59 AM

Hey Guys,

I'm a builder based in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, K. Here industrialisation in 1790s saw the growth of cities and influx of populace.

Flashforward to the 1990's and the New Labour government flooded the cities with money which sparked urban regeneration / revitalization which is still happening to this day.

The interesting thing is that during the time the smaller town / village communities became neglected.

Local authorities are trying to catch up now and revitalize these populaces now, but there is a serious lag when compared to cities such as Manchester, Leeds and London.

My company, G Denny builders grimsby, is playing a role in this revitalize process but it's my feeling that more time, focus and money needs to be ploughed into these areas of heritage.

Great post, cheers guys!!

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