innovation at the neighborhood scale

Brooklyn Rising

After decades of vacancy and blight, Urbane Development and BFC Partners re-imagine an underutilized commercial corridor in the heart of East New York, Brooklyn.

Supermarket Sweep

Reports of Detroit's death are greatly exaggerated, see how Urbane Development is working with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to stimulate the city's grocery economy.

Local Economy Fellowship

Congratulations to Principal and CEO, James Johnson-Piett on his selection to the 2013-14 BALLE Local Economy Fellowship.  The BALLE Local Economy Fellowship, the only fellowship of its kind in North America, is dedicated solely to advancing the local economies movement...


Learn more about Urbane’s management team, their thoughts on the company, and how The Wire influences their work…

the latest from the
Bodega Chronicles:


Urbane :: A Preamble

Fall of 1987. North Philadelphia convulsed under the pressure of drugs, death, and decay. Eric B and Rakim forever changed the essence of hip hop. Randall Cunningham began to lead the Eagles out of the football wilderness…