This new affordable housing project in the Bronx has its own hip-hop museum

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Bronx Point, which recently won an award for Excellence in Design from the New York City Public Design Commission, points to a new kind of mixed-use housing development: one that is designed with the neighborhood’s specific needs in mind. On the edge of the Harlem River in the Bronx, a long-vacant piece of land owned by the city of New York is about to undergo a dramatic transformation. Early next year, construction will begin on a project that will turn this dirt lot into 542 units of permanently affordable housing, a new public park, community and retail spaces, and a museum dedicated to the history of hip-hop. Read Full Story

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This Atlanta jail will transform into a center for justice and equity

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The project—which proposes to remove space for 1,300 inmates and replace it with services, reentry programs, classrooms and an urban garden—is the latest work of reimagining the spaces of criminal justice by architect Deanna Van Buren. In downtown Atlanta, the city built a massive, 11-story city jail to house 1,300 inmates for low-level crimes like shoplifting. But the city now plans to turn it into a new center for equity. The project, which is going through a process of community discussion, may include mental health services, reentry programs, and a credit union, along with room for urban farming, housing, classrooms where students can work on getting a GED, and other community spaces. Read Full Story

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Cities want to tear down these urban highways—and Biden can help

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Removing urban highways could transform cities and help heal a legacy of racist planning. But it won’t be possible without help from the federal government. When a new elevated highway was built in New Orleans in the 1960s, like other “urban renewal” projects in the U.S., it ripped through a predominantly Black neighborhood that had been thriving. Hundreds of homes were razed. Hundreds of businesses were lost. On Claiborne Avenue, the central boulevard in the neighborhood, hundreds of oak trees were torn out of a wide median that neighbors had used as a park. A coalition of community members now want to take the aging highway down—and it’s the type of project that the new administration could help make possible. Read Full Story

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3 new ways to engage your professional community virtually on LinkedIn

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LinkedIn’s director of product explains how to do this if you’re job hunting, pursuing business leads, seeking career guidance, learning more about an industry, or simply building and maintaining relationships. The world of work has transformed dramatically in the last six months. Not surprisingly, we’ve seen huge shifts in the way people are learning, staying engaged, and connecting to their community. It starts with virtual everything—virtual learning, virtual events, and virtually connecting. Read Full Story

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8 tactics that will boost your chances of getting a green light on your next big idea

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Spoiler alert: Charts and graphs are a good start, but they get you only so far. This is it! This is the project you’ve been waiting for. The one that’s going to define your career and challenge you and totally transform “the way things are done around here.” The project your team will point to five years from now as the inflection point that ushered in a new era of awesome. Read Full Story

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A former NFL player is turning this abandoned building into an eco-village

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The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, project will turn into a green development with housing, commercial and coworking space for young entrepreneurs, and food grown on-site. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a former high school—currently vacant and covered in graffiti—will soon be transformed into an eco-village with housing, commercial and coworking space for young entrepreneurs, and food grown on-site. It’s the first development project from The Bridge , a startup that plans to build similar developments in under-resourced neighborhoods in other cities. Read Full Story

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4 reasons why marketing should drive your company’s digital evolution

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The days of just counting clicks are gone; more effective dollars are being spent on buyer intent and propensity-to-buy tools, data and analytics, search marketing, digital campaigns, and social selling. For some, digital transformation may seem like a traditional business project that has a distinct beginning and end. However, the savviest organizations know that it has no defined starting point, and there is no true finish line. Digital transformation will continue to evolve and scale with the business, and it will require building consensus across numerous functional silos. Read Full Story

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100 apartments in 8 months: How Toronto built housing for the homeless at breakneck speed

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The city used modular architecture to respond to a dire need for housing during a deadly pandemic. The project could be a model for other cities—during COVID-19 and beyond. In the face of overlapping crises, the city of Toronto has created a fast track to house people experiencing homelessness. As the impacts of the pandemic quickly hit this community harder than others, the city accelerated its efforts to build permanent supportive housing, using modular architecture. Just a few months after the project was launched, the city will have 100 new apartments. Read Full Story

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