• Blog post

    The City of Sydney has announced plans for a revitalized city center, starting with a project that will remove cars from congested main thoroughfare and transform the area into a spacious plaza, complete with trees and pedestrians. But that won’t mean commuters will have to pick an alternate route – the plaza is part of a larger light rail project by the NSW Government, which will make Sydney more accessible by public transit while making the city greener.

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  • Case study

    Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

    December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

    As is evident in major cities around the United States, TIF can be a valuable public finance tool for redevelopment projects. Establishing a TIF program allows the city to invest selected new property tax dollars into the neighborhood from which they came, instead of into the city's General Fund, for a defined period (typically 20 years). TIF funds are used to leverage public funds to promote private sector activity in a targeted district or area.

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    Green Districts Program: Ilha do Bom Jesus

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    In order to stimulate innovation and concentrated economic development, the State of Rio de Janeiro has developed the concept of "Green Districts." Each district will geographically cluster firms and institutions around an economic driver, with the State focusing on the green economy and providing greener services and infrastructure as a backdrop for development.

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    Porto Maravilha: Urban Waterfront Revitalization

    December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

    With the impetus of rising real estate prices, a series of world-class mega-events, the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro, and continued economic growth, the City has cooperated with the federal and state governments, private interests, and the local community to create the extensive Porto Maravilha (Marvelous Port) project to revitalize the area. Porto Maravilha aims to increase the number of residents in the region and provide new commercial and industrial space in a sustainable, equitable, and livable way.

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