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Nov

What We’re Reading: November 4, 2014

In this edition: The young and educated are moving to smaller, more affordable cities; Maglev trains may be coming to the US; another downtown development moves forward. 

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Oct

What We’re Reading: October 21, 2014

In this edition: More downtown development; malls are making use of their parking lots; an historic baseball stadium is getting a facelift. 

13
Oct

Presentations

Missed an event? Want to see it again? Check out videos and more from past BIG Picture presentations: Citizens Academy: Transportation Citizens Academy: Aging in Place Citizens Academy: Neighborhood Revitalization Joe Minicozzi More…

6
Oct

What We’re Reading: October 7, 2014

In this edition: The cities with the most bike commuters; a “diamond-in-the-rough” neighborhood gets a master plan; the APA announces its annual planning awards recipients. 

23
Sep

Joe Minicozzi Presentation

Joe Minicozzi spoke in Huntsville on September 23rd, 2014 at Merrimack Hall. The event was sponsored by the Committee of 100; Downtown Huntsville, Inc.; and the City of Huntsville. Minicozzi, principal of planning analytics firm Urban3 in Asheville, North Carolina has garnered national media recognition for his research on the financial benefits of urban, mixed-use development over suburban, “big-box” …

22
Sep

Market Analysis and Assessment

The City of Huntsville hired Atlanta-based planning firm Market and Main (now Re:Posit Strategies) in 2013 to create a market assessment and analysis as well as provide valuable background data to the BIG Picture. The final products are available for viewing below. Highlights:  Huntsville is the regional economic engine for North Alabama. The economy is heavily influenced …

22
Sep

What We’re Reading: September 23, 2014

In this edition: Tech start-ups find their footing in smaller cities, the domed stadium that won’t die, and a “food hub” rises in Louisville. 

16
Sep

Citizens Academy: Economic Development

Thank you to everyone who attended the events! Part I was held at Lee High School on September 16th at 6PM. Topics: The Future of Commercial Development, presented by Lakey Boyd of Re:Posit Strategies/Market and Main. The way we design and build our shops, our offices, and our industry is evolving. Commercial development is decentralizing, getting smaller, …

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Sep

What We’re Reading: September 8, 2014

In this edition: Why retailers “cluster”; Uber comes to Alabama; designing cities for families. 

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Aug

What We’re Reading: August 25, 2014

In this edition: How one city went “Town and Gown”; the Scenic City does it again; Planning in the land of Walmart. 

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