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There's a Missing Middle for Commercial Spaces, Too

There's a Missing Middle for Commercial Spaces, Too

Is a desire for local character your jam? If so, fight for missing-middle commercial space in your neighborhood. Fight for the corner bar and the corner store. We need an approach that is much more flexible, more true to what humans want from cities, and messier.

The One-Week Coworking Space

The One-Week Coworking Space

The lines between work and home zones are blurring: more employers want to be in walkable, amenitized areas, and conversely, people are choosing to live closer to where they work. This Cincinnati placemaking experiment exemplifies the kind of small bets this trend is making possible.

So You Want to Build an ADU?

So You Want to Build an ADU?

Let’s walk through what it actually takes to build a small rental apartment on your property in Austin, Texas. It’s a lesson in how the city’s existing code stymies gentle, incremental, small-scale development.

Unconventional Wisdom on Activating a Downtown

Unconventional Wisdom on Activating a Downtown

What does it take to bring life back to a faded downtown? Contrary to conventional wisdom, big employers may underperform as revitalization engines, and small-bet approaches—improvisational, innovative, and low-risk—can deliver outsize rewards.

What a Difference $1,000 Makes: Part One

What a Difference $1,000 Makes: Part One

When the housing market is depressed and you can’t get a return on your investment, there is little incentive to put any money into improvements. It’s a vicious cycle that several Akron nonprofits are trying to break.

New Life for an Old Church

New Life for an Old Church

A neglected church building in Akron, Ohio has been transformed into a hub for nonprofits, innovation and community.

Join the Small Scale Development Movement

Join the Small Scale Development Movement

Watch this video to learn how to become a small developer, why small development is important and how community leaders can advocate for better development in their communities.