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Other stories by Margot Carmichael Lester

  • Newark, N.J.

    Thanks to efforts by Newark leaders, the Garden State's largest city is undergoing an urban renewal, though it has been slowed by the recession.

  • Charleston, W.Va.

    Charleston has benefited from nonprofit and government development projects, but it could use an infusion from the private sector.

  • Wilmington, Del.

    Home to many financial companies, Wilmington has been hit particularly hard by the recession. But local architects aren't completely without hope.

  • Puerto Rico

    Commercial development in Puerto Rico has stalled for now, but the Caribbean island is repositioning itself as a hub for healthcare-related R&D.

  • Detroit

    Between an engaged younger citizenry and the return of beloved Mayor Dave Bing, there's a renewed sense of purpose all around Detroit.

  • Firms Say Federal Stimulus Hasn't Reached Them Yet

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was supposed to help architects climb back from the recession. So far, most firms aren’t seeing any benefits.

  • University of South Carolina Decision to Let Donor Choose Architect 'Unprecedented'

    When officials at the University of South Carolina School of Business found a donor interested in building an iconic school, they were elated. But when they let Darla Moore choose the architect, they stepped into a hornet's nest.

  • Manchester, N.H.

    Fewer projects are under way in Manchester these days, but the city's focus on ensuring the economic viability of what gets built means fewer are in financial trouble.

  • Jackson, Miss.

    Mississippi's only true urban center, Jackson has $1.5 billion in private projects and $400 million in public developments planned or under construction.

  • Washington, D.C.

    Although the nation’s capital bought into the “Yes, we can!” mentality, economic pressures have largely stifled private development in Washington, D.C.