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Case Study: Urban Waste Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jul 24, 2017 12:32:45 PM

A multi-use project in Portland, Oregon, showcases onsite wastewater and stormwater treatment.

Walking down the pedestrian corridor among the new modern buildings at Hassalo on Eighth, you’d never know the site was an asphalt parking lot just a few years ago.

Hassalo on Eighth is an ambitious multi-use project located in Portland, Ore.’s Lloyd Center District. Designed by GBD Architects, it consists of three new buildings and an existing office tower centered around a newly created pedestrian corridor and plaza. Together, the new buildings add 657 residential units and thousands of square feet of ground-level retail to a neighborhood previously dominated by office buildings and parking lots.

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Does Transit-Oriented Development Need the Transit?

Posted by Daniel G. Chatman, Guest Columnist

May 3, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Most planners think transit-oriented development leads to less driving, but what if it’s not because of rail? 

Urban planners have invested a lot of energy in the idea of transit-oriented developments (TODs). Developing dense housing near rail stations with mixed land uses and better walkability is intended to encourage people to walk, bike, and take transit instead of driving. But TODs can also be expensive, largely because rail itself is expensive. In one study, the average cost for light rail construction was $61 million per mile in 2009 dollars.

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Urban Design that Discourages Wasteful Travel

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 10, 2016 4:22:13 PM

Tips for developers to convince potential residents to leave the car behind.

Communities located close to a variety of transportation options are on the rise, and some developers are even creating completely car-free communities. While many people would gladly say goodbye to car payments and high maintenance costs associated with car ownership, others would be less likely to leave the car behind. However, there are effective ways developers can reach potential residents and convey the benefits of living without a car.

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