What We’re Reading: February 2017

What We’re Reading: February 2017
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In this edition: Connecting hospitals to their neighborhoods; Making the bus more attractive (and reliable); two more master plans are getting underway in Huntsville. 

Columbus, Ohio. Photo credit: flickr/joseph a

Around the Web

Health Care Villages and Districts Create Caring Communities.” Health Facilities Management, January 4, 2017

Hospitals around the country are drawing up master plans that they hope will better integrate their campuses with the surrounding community.

Can Buses Be Cool?” Boston Globe, January 17, 2017 

Transit advocates in Boston are trying to make buses more attractive to potential riders. One option they’ve looked at is expanding Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes.

City of Huntsville Hires Pennsylvania Firm to Lead Downtown Planning.” WHNT, January 28, 2017

The City has hired Pittsburgh-based Urban Design Associates to update the Downtown Master Plan, last amended in 2006. The update will be released later this year.

Redstone and Huntsville Launch Joint Land Use Study.” City of Huntsville Cityblog, February 8, 2017 

While the Downtown Master Plan update is just beginning, another study is well underway. The Joint Land Use Study, funded by the Department of Defense, will look at how Redstone Arsenal’s growth will impact the surrounding communities. 

You’re Going Where? Columbus [Ohio.]” Washington Post, February 9, 2017 

With a relatively young population (thanks to Ohio State University) and a growing economy, Columbus is becoming a model for urban living.

Featured Video

2016 City of Huntsville Development Review.” City of Huntsville, January 27, 2017

The City of Huntsville has released its Development Review for 2016, an annual report on construction and real estate data. Here are the highlights:

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