How often have we heard it? Cities will never come back until they improve the schools.
This should not be taken lightly. After housing, educational facilities are the linchpins of the urban renaissance. The approach taken with the revitalization of the school systems (structurally as well as physically) will have a direct effect on the shape of the new urban neighborhood.
Or: How I Learned to Love the One Story Building
One and two story buildings on streetfront- Cleveland, OH.
What to do about our foundering commercial thoroughfares?
As the new economy takes shape and we wonder about the future form of our city, architects and urban designers accustomed to tackling large-scaled, bank-financed, building projects will be faced with repairing the urban environment with smaller structures and adaptive reuse projects. The reality of bank lending will tend to favor single function buildings as safer bets, at least in the short term. The availability of financing will have a profound effect on the shaping of our urban environment.