Urban Design

Gentrification of New York Neighborhoods

What does gentrification mean for New York renters and low-income communities? The answer is indefinite as the term “Gentrification” may mean different things to different people and can be misinterpreted. Ingrid Ellen defined it as the increase in rents and house values prompted by an arrival of more affluent residents into low-income neighborhoods. Consequently, the process causes difficulties for lower-income homeowners and renters to remain in their neighborhoods.

Gentrification of New York Neighborhoods

Jersey City on the Rise

Everyone talks about the recent tall building boom in Manhattan, the rise in development in Brooklyn, and the re-zoning efforts that have led to the sudden growth of Long Island City.  But one can hardly ignore the emerging skyline to the west just across the Hudson River. 

Jersey City has fast become a special place as more people are choosing the urban setting and lifestyle over that of Suburbia.  The convenience of Jersey City and its access to multiple modes of transportation; the support by the city for more local businesses over "formula businesses" and improving architecture has turned Jersey City into the next area of interest for younger generations.  Over the last several years the focus has been in downtown Jersey City along the waterfront but more and more development has spread to the areas on the outskirts as well. 

Jersey City on the Rise

Part 2: Public Spaces, a Resurgence in Public Appreciation

Is the Public Driving Developers to Think Beyond Zoning Concessions?

In the previous installment, we discussed the planning and design of small, privately owned public spaces, such as open-access lobbies, mini-parks, arcades, canopied spaces, and plazas. General support and enthusiasm for open spaces in our urban centers have led us to consider how the building and design community will respond to this resurgence in appreciation for public space.

Part 2: Public Spaces, a Resurgence in Public Appreciation

Part 1: Public Spaces, a Resurgence in Public Appreciation

Is the Public Driving Developers to Think Beyond Zoning Concessions?

A renewed public appreciation for public places, both old, new, and newly imagined, may have spurred building owners and developers to reevaluate the value of public-private partnerships when altering our cityscapes. The proliferation of small public spaces, including open-access lobbies, mini-parks, arcades, canopied spaces, and plazas, is particularly noteworthy.

Part 1: Public Spaces, a Resurgence in Public Appreciation