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CPM member Carol Todreas notes that the retail sector is still in a mode of customer discovery. Consulting Planners can read Carol’s findings and examples at “The retail landscape: Ever-adapting” published on the New England Real Estate Journal.
Carol Todreas is a long-time member of Consulting Planners of Massachusetts and a principal at Todreas Hanley Associates, Cambridge, Mass.
The 2021 Neighborhood Symposium will bring together professionals from housing, public health, government and other fields for a series of in-depth conversations on topics of particular interest for Massachusetts' 26 Gateway Cities.
This kickoff session, Healthy and Affordable Homes, starts at 10:00 a.m.
See full four-session symposium lineup and register at https://masshousing.com/programs-outreach/neighborhood-hub/symposium-2021
Mark Favermann, urban designer, public artist, CPM member and designer of CPM's new logo, recently published a commentary on the visual branding of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Arts Fuse. In the article he discusses the design process of the Tokyo Olympics' official logo and supporting imagery, and comments on the largely uninspiring results.
"Dull, flat, and boring, with no discernible personality, the Olympics 2020 graphics made no impact on anyone other than, perhaps, their creator/developers and maybe a (very) few members of the host committee." Favermann writes.
Favermann, who worked on the visual design of the 1996 Centennial Games in Atlanta, also reviews the history of Olympic graphic designs throughout the past century. He explains, "the 'Look of the Games' is seen to be a strategic part of Olympic planning," offering a view of the complex development process that involves commissioning an official logo, designing sports-specific images, creating supplemental signage for venues and streetscapes, and navigating local and group politics.
Read the full commentary on Arts Fuse. Mark Favermann is Associate Editor of The Arts Fuse and publishes articles regularly.
The City of Salem, Salem Preservation Partners and the Newport Restoration Foundation are hosting a two-day workshop Sept. 13 and 14 on addressing climate change impacts to historic buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods.
This two-day workshop will include both in-person and live-streamed events. Keynote address by Erin Minnigan of the Preservation Society of Charleston on adaptation strategies used in Charlestown to protect its history and culture. See the program schedule at https://historyabovewater.org/2021-salem/ and sign up to attend in person (first come, first served) or virtually. FREE.
Where: Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, or virtual.
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAsdOqsqTsoHNOYhs1ylc-5sXCmiVP0XJF3
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On Wednesday, June 16th, 2021, the Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted During the State of Emergency. Several key provisions of the bill are listed are below; for more detail, visit the recent blog post on NAIOPma.org.
Following the declaration of the State of Emergency in March 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 42, Order Resuming State Permitting Deadlines and Continuing to Extend the Validity of Certain State Permits. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development have now issued guidance to clarify how Order 42 will apply to state permits after the end of the State of Emergency.
The unanimous vote kickstarts a 2-year-long process which would see about 9,000 more housing units at various income levels built over the next several years.
The city of Boston will undertake an experiment about how to center public transit as an economic recovery tool.
Local leaders in Virginia are banking on mall redevelopment projects to revive their tax bases and create more mixed-use neighborhoods.
"Cities around the world are reconfiguring their urban grids to support local communities and economies. Boston should do it too.
OVER THE PAST YEAR COVID-19 HAS FORCED DRAMATIC CHANGES in our communities, especially when it comes to outdoor public places. Gyms moved fitness classes into parks. Retailers found new opportunities for "sidewalk sales." Restaurants claimed parking spaces and roadways for outdoor dining service. And in the process, we've sensed how much better our cities and local economies can be after the pandemic.
We hear less traffic on city streets and are exposed to lower levels of harmful pollutants. And we’ve gained an entirely new way of thinking about space in our cities and towns."