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Urban transformation in the US

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2 May 2024

Episode 655

35 minutes


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This week, we take the temperature of urban development in the US and check in with a few projects currently under way. We explore The Underline in Miami, Hazelwood Green in Pittsburgh, Detroit’s tallest skyscraper in 50 years and the transformation taking place in Queens.

2 May 2024

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Miami: The Underline

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A new initiative is hoping to transform the land below Miami’s elevated Metrorail. Spanning 10 miles, The Underline will see the creation of a linear park and an urban trail and will become a destination for public art and hospitality. Monocle’s Carlota Rebelo speaks with The Underline’s founder Meg Daly.

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Detroit: Hudson’s

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Named after its location on the former site of the JL Hudson’s Department Store, Hudson’s is set to become the tallest skyscraper built in Detroit over the past 50 years. We find out more with Bedrock CEO, Kofi Bonner.

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Chapter 3

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Pittsburgh: Hazelwood Green

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Set in a former 178-acre industrial site on the banks of the river Monongahela, Hazelwood Green is rebuilding the city’s riverfront as a place for innovation, creativity, and wellbeing. Todd Stern, managing director at U3 Advisors, explains more.

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Chapter 4

8 minutes


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Queens: Transforming a borough

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Architecture firm FX Collaborative has been tasked with a variety of projects to bring new life to Queens through a mix of residential, commercial and medical facilities. Dan Kaplan, senior partner at FX Collaborative, told us more about the company’s projects, including NuSun Tower, 30-55 Vernon Boulevard and Richouse.

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