Yesterday, June 15, 2011, the California Legislature passed a budget that diverts essentially all redevelopment agency funding to school districts. The legislation, if signed by Gov. Brown as expected, disbands redevelopment agencies statewide but allows them to reconstitute conditioned on $1.7 billion in property tax contributions to school districts in fiscal year 2011-2012 and $400 million/yr. thereafter. [Read more…] about Only the Courts can Save CA Redevelopment Now . . .
Whether it is the technological wonder machine managing multiple spaces or the steadfast ‘lollipop’ single head, parking meters are the quintessential urban foliage. Standing resolute, covered in stickers and improperly discarded gum, the parking meter brings order out of the chaos. It is all that stands between commercial desolation and economic success. [Read more…] about Urban Footprint 1: The Parking Meter
Public involvement in accelerating urban renewal is in focus as California’s Gov. Brown proposes to eliminate the redevelopment agencies that stimulate and regulate the revitalization of inner city cores and districts. [Read more…] about Gentrification: Empathetic Developers Walk a Tightrope
California is on the verge of eliminating all redevelopment programs in the state. This essay sets forth the reasons I believe this budget crisis measure will cost the state dearly in the long run. Disclosure: Although my practice as an attorney involves a great deal of interface with redevelopment staff, I wouldn’t necessarily be considered a friend of redevelopment, having represented a preservationist organization in a protracted litigation against a redevelopment agency and having opposed more redevelopment proposals than I’ve supported as a member of a local planning organization. [Read more…] about Short List of Reasons to Save California Redevelopment Agencies.
Reprinted by permission of author David Malmuth; originally published in the Feb. 2, 2011 Urban Land Magazine:
The numbers are impressive: the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity annually and is responsible for 5.7 million full-time jobs in the United States. Moreover, this industry generates nearly $30 billion in revenue to federal, state, and local governments every year. [Read more…] about Investing in Arts Development
Mobile food trucks have been around for generations, but recently they have become more than the construction site “roach-coach,” featuring eclectic menus, organic pantries and sophisticated graphics. [Read more…] about Meals on Wheels