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Rebuilding The American City: Design and Strategy for the 21st Century Urban Core

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Source: Routledge

Rebuilding the American City highlights 15 urban design and planning projects in the United States that have been catalysts for their downtowns and were implemented during the tumultuous start of the 21st century—a period marked by renewed interest in cities but also by ongoing social, economic and environmental challenges. ...

DENVER, Colorado, embraced the redevelopment of its historic Union Station as the hub of a new multimodal, 122-mile (196-kilometer) transit network. The project changed the way the region reaches and moves around the downtown core. Transit program funding was pooled from a combination of tax levies and federal loans, and private development followed. The project’s success in attracting development—and repaying the loans—supports the public sector’s profound new confidence that its investments in urban improvements will return dividends in new development (Park, 2015). In Denver, the public-private partnership model (PPP) is amplified as the public-public-private partnership model (PPPP) (Takács, 2014), showing new public sector capacity not seen in decades in U.S. city-rebuilding.

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