Creating Community Attachment

Creating Community Attachment

Attachment to a community is an important factor in where we choose to live. An interesting US survey by Knight Foundation and Gallop highlighted the three most important factors for community (in ranked order): Social Offerings – meeting places, nightlife, arts & cultural opportunities, community events, and general connectedness and the feeling of caring within…

Filtering, an alternative to “Gentrification”

Filtering, an alternative to “Gent...

Gentrification is defined by Wikipedia as “A process of renovation and revival of deteriorated urban neighborhoods by means of influx of more affluent residents, which results in increased property values and the displacing of lower-income families and small businesses.”

What Affects Commercial Lease Rates?

During public engagement on most redevelopment projects, the issue of ‘ever increasing’ commercial lease rates is a common discussion topic. To state that profitability is the only driving factor behind commercial lease rates is inaccurate: many factors affect the market-offered rates.

When Policies Don’t Change: The Problem with TOD

When Policies Don’t Change: The Pr...

When a great deal of effort and thought are put into a policy document, there is a collective sigh of relief when it is complete. Something excellent and clear has been crafted out of chaos and good intentions, and it should be honored and utilized. However, it should also continue to grow and change as…

Zero-Footprint Mixed-Use is Achievable

Zero-Footprint Mixed-Use is Achievable

The call to ‘get greener’ is getting louder, however incremental changes, although more implementable and digestible, are not adding up to the solution that is needed. With carbon impact to date being irreversible [1], what we do today when building new structures and communities will affect every generation that follows. The need to change is…

Established-Communities Enjoying a Renai...

This excellent Globe & Mail article highlights Kensington, but many of our vibrant inner-city areas are similarly experiencing a re-surge in building and commercial interest. With increased activity, it’s important for developers to stay abreast of nearby developments, community concerns and business balance.

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