New Tools for Old Problems

High technology is everywhere. More technology and apps are being implemented to solve urban planning/real estate challenges.

One such problem is infill development, the process of developing vacant or under-utilized parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed. Successful infill development creates complete, well-functioning neighborhoods with residential densities high enough to support transportation, convenience services, and other amenities while offering cultural, social, recreational, and entertainment opportunities, gathering places, and vitality to older centers and neighborhoods.

A case in point for the use of technology is Infill Score, a free tool for citizens, community planners, city managers, and developers to learn strategies to attract investment and revitalize communities. Powered by, Infill Score creates a strong foundation to begin the process of identifying opportunities to have the greatest impact. After taking a self assessment survey, users gain access to 30 strategies to quickly activate and implement their plans. The strategies assure that the new development fits the existing concept and gains neighborhood acceptance while developing a cooperative partnership between government, the development community, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, neighborhood organizations, and other resources, according to one user, Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) in Washington State.

RSG anticipates more creative thinking such as this solution to come forward in the future. It reduces the gap between planning and actual project delivery while offering convenience for users.

While technology is a boon to the work we do, RSG still works face-to-face with practitioners and civic leaders to develop new ways to solve age-old problems.

Written by Jim Simon, a Principal at RSG.