Unleash the Swarm: Reviving Small-Scale Development in America’s Cities

John Pattison
John Pattison
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Unleash the Swarm: Reviving Small-Scale Development in America’s Cities explores what it would take to revive small-scale development as a force significant enough to shape and grow our cities. Not a handful of intrepid entrepreneurs here and there, but a "swarm" of many times more builders and rehabbers, all working independently but collectively to create great places. Think of them as the pollinators of the city.

Whether you're an active or aspiring developer yourself, a city planner or policy maker, or a resident interested in the patterns behind how the place you live came to be, Unleash the Swarm is written for you.

This free ebook covers, among other things:

  • How small-scale development, writ large, once met the needs of even rapidly growing cities—and why relying on only big developers to meet those needs today is a losing proposition.

  • How local regulations hinder the viability of small-scale development, and what developers and policy makers can do about it.

  • How access to finance is a challenge for small developers, as well as a key reason for the bland monocultures that characterize what gets built today.

  • How incremental infill development can produce bigger returns and more community wealth, while requiring far less public subsidy, than a single big project on the same site.

  • A special case study of how innovators in South Bend, Indiana, are demonstrating what it looks like to build a shared community of expertise and insight around the goal of community revitalization through small-scale development.

Download the ebook.




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