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Detroit: As Hotel Charlevoix Comes Down, Preservationists Walk Fine Line

One week after issuing a demolition permit, the city of Detroit has begun demolition of the century-old Hotel Charlevoix, a historic 11-story structure on the edge of downtown. The building had already been approved for demolition by the City Historic District Commission. It was initially labeled dangerous and slated for removal ten years ago, according […]

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Chicago: Ashland Avenue is the Next BRT Corridor, City Says

Bus rapid transit will come to Chicago’s Ashland Avenue by 2016, the city announced Friday, in a $160 million effort to boost transit efficiency and reduce congestion on the Near West Side. Financed with a mix of federal and local money, the project will remove the interior lanes from Ashland, a major north-south thoroughfare, and […]

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St. Louis: NorthSide Renovation to Start Construction by Year’s End

After three years bogged down in court, the NorthSide Renovation Project will break ground by the end of the year, says developer Paul McKee. The project, a massive plan to transform vast swaths of derelict and underutilitized land north of downtown St. Louis into vibrant neighborhoods, had been stuck in limbo since 2009. Last week, […]

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With Traditional Opponents United Behind Milwaukee Lakefront Plan, New Opposition Emerges

Milwaukee’s vision for a renewed downtown lakefront cleared a major hurdle last month, when Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Scott Walker – two staunch political opponents – announced a joint $34 million plan to move the existing highway ramps near East Clybourn Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive. Removal of the ramps, which currently occupy three […]

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