Daniel Dallas Miller

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Dallas finally sues Valley View Center over the mess it is

The first story I wrote about the big plan from Jeff Beck and sons Scott and Jarrod Beck to redo Valley View Center ran on April 23, 2012. Crews had …

Macy's

D.C. forces work to halt on historic Franklin School redevelopment after alleged damage

Officials and preservationists visited the site last week to assess the situation<p>The District has issued a stop-work order on the $50 million redevelopment of the Franklin School, a publicly owned historic building downtown that developers are transforming into the city’s first-ever language arts …

Skyscrapers

Kimbal Musk Plans to Open 20 ‘Urban Casual’ Restaurants in Chicagoland

Venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur <b>Kimbal Musk</b> has big plans in the Chicago area for his healthy, “urban casual” restaurant brand. Musk, brother to Elon Musk and board member at Tesla and SpaceX, is planning to open 20 Chicagoland locations of his <b>Next</b> <b>Door</b> restaurant brand as part of a massive …

The unexpected animals roaming Cuba

A 30-minute drive from the birthplace of Fidel and Raúl Castro is a mysterious and sparsely populated cay home to exotic animals imported from Africa.<p>Cuba was one of the last places on Earth I ever expected to eat an antelope steak, which is precisely why we ordered one. To keep things playful, we …

Ford to invest $740 million in Detroit train station, city development project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) disclosed Tuesday it will spend $740 million on a project to revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit’s historic but dilapidated former rail station, as well as other neighborhood sites.<p>Ford aims to turn the building into a campus of offices for up to …

Growing Spokane, Washington, sheds its sleepy city image

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ramsey and Amy Pruchnic lived in the Seattle area for five years before deciding they wanted to escape the Puget Sound rat race and move closer to family on the opposite side of the state.<p>Now they own their own businesses and live in a 1928 farmhouse on 10 rural acres they …

Spokane

China dominates the list of cities with the fastest growing economies

Cities drive economic growth. They foster innovation, connect industries, and serve as key nodes in the global economy. Lately, this is particularly true for cities of China.<p>According to a recently released report by the Brookings Institution, the world’s 300 largest metropolitan areas accounted …

Four-story Berkeley building built in four days

Developer Patrick Kennedy’s modular housing delivers<p>Construction can be an arduous and unpredictable process, full of hazards and delays—except for the case of a recent residential project in Berkeley, in which an entire four-story building took as little as four days.<p>Berkeleyside reports that a …

Detroit neighborhood to be designed with children in mind

One of Detroit's neighborhoods hit hardest by the housing bubble burst is trying to turn their story around by creating a community centered around …

To understand Cuba’s emerging class system, try the ice cream

Cuba’s socialist government refuses to publish data on how its fitful transition out of communism has altered Cubans’ class status. But check out where Cubans get their fix of cold, sweet treats, and you can pinpoint their exact place in the island’s newly emerging socio-economic ladder.<p>Cuba’s …

Inside a Commuter Rail Comeback in Hartford

Connecticut’s new Hartford Line isn’t just a train: It’s supposed to be an engine for the capital city’s post-industrial transformation.<p>On a recent Thursday morning, Emily Keeney, a 30-year-old digital marketer from Queens, N.Y., was aboard a train rolling through New Haven, riding to her family …

Our changing views of the city: A new urban celebration

The celebration of the city today is widespread. Globally, many cities have fulfilled Louis Wirth’s prophesy from 1930s Chicago. Wirth said that in …

In Some US Cities, There Are Over Ten Times More Parking Spaces Than Households

A new report reveals Americans’ addiction to convenient parking at the expense of affordable housing.<p>If you’ve ever been to a city council meeting, you know that people love to complain about a lack of parking. People want to be able to store their cars as close as humanly possible to the front …

These Cities Are Replacing The Worst Kind Of Infrastructure With The Best

R.I.P. parking lots.<p>In car-dependent Dallas, parking lots are ubiquitous downtown. But one lot will soon be de-paved and turned into a park. Nearby, another parking lot is turning into a temporary urban farm before it also becomes a park. Something similar is happening across the U.S. as cities …

'I dream': St. Louis child hopes the city will do something about vacant properties

Gravois Park has an unlikely advocate for inclusive development in a 12-year-old girl who wants to see the vacant buildings and lots on her block be …

Two cities share a name, water and a library. But one is in big trouble.

By Gregory S. Schneider<p>Gregory S. Schneider<p>Reporter covering Virginia from the Richmond bureau<p>Email Bio Follow<p>BRISTOL, Va. — On a warm night when State Street is lit like an Appalachian Broadway and music blares from restaurants and rooftop partiers yell “Honk your horn!” to passing cars, Bristol …

Cuomo’s ‘Buffalo Billion’: Is New York Getting Its Money’s Worth?

BUFFALO — More than six years ago, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced his bold vision for New York’s second largest and perhaps longest-suffering city.<p>“We believe in Buffalo. Let’s put our money where our mouth is,” Mr. Cuomo said, announcing an economic development package of $1 billion. “That is a …

Developer proposes $69 million hotel, apartment, retail plan for Richmond Town Square

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- DealPoint Merrill, the California firm now in the midst of repurposing the former 162,000-square-foot Macy's building at …

Detroit's Lafayette Park to get 12-story high-rise, affordable units

Developers are building 374 new residential units in Detroit's Lafayette Park, along with a walkable environment to connect pedestrians to Downtown …

Plano's $3 billion Legacy West is getting its own CVS store

Plano's $3 billion Legacy West development is getting a new project.<p>It's not another apartment high-rise, office headquarters or luxury …

Why the ‘Greening’ of Vacant Land Is a Smart Long-Term Investment in Cities

<i>Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from</i> The Empty House Next Door: Understanding and Reducing Vacancy and Hypervacancy in the United States<i></i> …

Building up, instead of tearing down, in Tijuana

Tijuana has been in a building rush for several years with more than a dozen condo towers built on vacant lots, or in the place of demolished aging …

Could new legislation lead to a Route 66 economic revival?

In his 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” John Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 “The Mother Road.”<p>The 2,448 mile-long highway that once wound from Chicago, …

Uptown Theatre To Get A Second Act

<b>CHICAGO (CBS) —</b> Chicago’s Uptown Theatere became a symbol of neighborhood neglect.So much so, Hollywood even used the iconic building in the …

How Belmont Hotel developer turned warehouse full of dead raccoons into a south Oak Cliff anchor

For decades, the warehouse on Polk Street south of the Tyler/Vernon DART station in Oak Cliff was the home of the Dixie Wax Paper Company. They made, …

Emanuel proposes expansion of transit-oriented development to bus routes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an expansion of the city’s transit-oriented development policy to include real estate projects along the city’s busiest bus routes, in a move he said would boost development and create more affordable housing.<p>Since Chicago expanded the city’s transit-oriented …

West Loop Salvation Army redevelopment, other projects pass key city vote

The $30 million adaptive reuse was one of several developments approved by the Chicago Plan Commission<p>It was back to business as usual for the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday as the group considered a number of mostly residential development projects following last month’s high-profile meeting …

The triumph of Iran’s liberals

WHILE the leader of the free world bopped with sword-waving Arab princes and denounced the ancient Persian enemy, Iranian voters on the other side of …

Why Domino’s Pizza Is Fixing Potholes Now

Pizza delivery and infrastructure repair go together like ham and pineapple.<p>Residents of Milford, Delaware, might have come across a peculiar sight on their streets in recent weeks: asphalt patches emblazoned with the unmistakable logo of one of America’s largest pizza chains, and the phrase “Oh …

Ghermezians' Latest Huge Mall Project, In Miami, Is A Shopworn Model

Hey, kids, you know what America really needs? Another shopping mall.<p>But not just any shopping mall. What it really needs is a big – no, make that obscenely gargantuan – place with millions of square feet of retail and entertainment space. How about a hotel? A water park? Indoor skiing? And maybe a …