Do Olympic Games boost the economy of the city? Is it ingenious for the host city to consider only the long-term benefits?

Redevelopment efforts are bustling in Stratford district, London, preparing the city to host its Olympic Games in July 2012. The $15 billion effort targets the development of Olympic Park and long term change of East London. The city after winning the bid to host the games, passed the compulsory purchase orders (CPO) to nearly 300 …

What Makes A Good Neighborhood?

Why do people set apart some places as “Great place to live in”? What are the distinctive features of a good neighborhood? There are innumerable factors to be considered for a place to acquire the title “A Good Neighborhood”. Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND), New Urbanism and Smart Growth design theories are recurrently heard terms and is …

Shrinking/Growing City: Baltimore’s Future?

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in partnership with the Maryland Chapter of American Planning Association (APA) did a wonderful presentation on changing urban areas on October 12, 2011 at South Bond Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Tom Murphy, a senior resident fellow at Urban Land Institute; former mayor of Pittsburgh and a crucial member in the …