What We’re Reading: March 2017

What We’re Reading: March 2017

In this edition: the Downtown Master Plan gets underway; Lyft launches in Huntsville; reclaiming areas lost to “urban renewal”. 

One of Huntsville’s new bike-share stations. Photo credit: James Vandiver

Around the Web

Huntsville Embarks on Downtown Master Plan.” City of Huntsville Cityblog, March 9, 2017

Earlier this month, the Downtown Master Plan team held its first public meeting at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Miami’s Giant Pop-Up Recreates Downtown Street.” Modern Cities, March 13, 2017 

A “tactical urbanism” project in Miami converted a downtown parking lot into a temporary public space.

Lyft Gets Green Light in Huntsville.” Birmingham Business Journal, March 14, 2017

Ride-sharing made its debut in Huntsville last year with Uber’s arrival. Now Lyft has launched in the Rocket City.

A New, Powerful Data Tool for Cities.” Forbes, March 19, 2017 

Population isn’t always the best way to determine peer cities. A new tool from the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank uses other economic variables to compare cities.

Cities Restore Lost Streets, Local Charm After Razing Failed Malls.” Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2017 

In an effort to stem the move of retail to the suburbs in the 1960s and 70s, some cities allowed enclosed malls to be built near their cores, demolishing historic buildings and disrupting the urban street grid. Most of these efforts failed, and these large properties are being redeveloped for office and residential uses.

Featured Video

Bike Share and Transportation with Dennis Madsen.” City of Huntsville, March 6, 2017

Manager of Urban and Long-Range Planning Dennis Madsen talks about transportation and the city’s new bike-share program:

Featured Book

The Nature Fix” by Florence Williams. This book explores the health benefits of parks and greenspace. (Hat tip: Steve Roach)

Know of something you would like to share? Email us at bigpicture@huntsvilleal.gov. Keep it planning-related, please.