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Incredible Example of Urban Revitalization

This is a great documentary on an urban revitalization project in the Netherlands. Something we're facing here in the Granary. There are some really incredible ideas from how to revitalize an under-utilized area through great design, collaboration, creating diversity, using existing resources, among many others. Well worth the time.

I thought all of the ideas were incredible, especially how they mixed affordable and market rate housing, and how the existing resources were used to create a more livable neighborhood from the 60 unique lots to people bringing plants onto the street to create more green space. It helps that they have such incredible access to water, too!
What is your favorite idea/ solution? How can we relate this to the Granary District?

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Comment by Brian Smith on October 8, 2012 at 10:26pm

As one who has lived in the Netherlands, this is classic Dutch ingenuity housing and green space issues.

For Salt Lake the issues of bringing middle income families back to the city is exactly the same. Making an area attractive to middle income families is essential to revitalizing an area. It bring dollars and activity. When done in sufficient quantity it begins to create its own energy and inertia and creates an economically sustainable project. Everyone loves green space. Salt Lake City is proud to have 975 acres of green space which is just 5.5 acres per 1,000 about the same as NYC. All of the most livable cities have more than that. Nearly all have more than 10 acres per 1,000 and Austin, San Diego and Portland have more than 20 acres per 1000 residents. The Granary District should consider green space as a market advantage.

Comment by James Alfandre on October 9, 2012 at 12:52am

Brian- 

Interesting facts about green space. You're right on with the middle-class housing that needs to created not only for diversity in a neighborhood, but as a market response to the rising generation that will need a place to live (once we move out of our parents basement:) ) and preferably in an urban environment like the Granary.

Comment by Quinn McCallum-Law on October 29, 2012 at 12:32pm

Great video James. Thanks for sharing it. I think I need to visit there.... maybe I'll just stay and not come back. Ha. It's exactly what I'm looking for.

Q

Comment by James Alfandre on October 29, 2012 at 12:48pm

I know, right, Quinn? Looks like a great place to live.

Comment by Quinn McCallum-Law on October 29, 2012 at 12:54pm

I love the lottery-lots. A friend gave me photos to use for a precedent. But the scheme of mixed income, mixed scale and use if brilliant. 

Comment by Quinn McCallum-Law on October 29, 2012 at 3:03pm

It really does.

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