2020 National Planning Conference

Industrial Areas in Transition

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Location: 2008

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  • Understand the tradeoffs that cities face in transitioning industrial areas.
  • Explore the strategies used to address challenges such as jobs retention, achieving open space goals, and providing adequate transportation.
  • Examine the pros and cons of retaining industry versus transitioning to other uses.


City officials in many communities face difficult decisions in historically industrial areas where market forces are pushing toward different uses. Examine questions facing these communities: How do cities retain the industry that is still viable while taking advantage of development opportunities? How do they do that while also establishing an urban form and transportation network that supports the existing and anticipates uses alongside adjacent neighborhoods?
At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, growth in urban manufacturing is adding new jobs while bringing creative new solutions in urban design and architecture. The master plan sets an ambitious vision of how "The Yard" can accommodate 20,000 new jobs by 2020 and up to 30,000 shortly thereafter.
In Chicago, a framework study for the North Branch Industrial Corridor, once a protected manufacturing district, establishes priorities and guidelines in terms of development, land use, massing, open space, and transportation of the 760-acre district.
In Detroit, a framework plan is underway to achieve the goal of creating a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that makes Eastern Market the hub of food production and distribution for the Great Lakes region.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 LUs (AIA).

Session Speakers

Adam F. Lubinsky, AICP
WXY Studio
New York City, NY

Eleanor Gorski
City of Chicago

Shani Leibowitz, AICP
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Brooklyn, NY

Stacey Meekins, AICP
Sam Schwartz
Chicago, IL




Activity ID: NPC198086