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  1. Your City: Renters vs. Owners?

    Renters vs. OwnersDuring the past two years serving as a Planning Commissioner for my city, public debate over home owners versus renters is frequent. Invariably, older, established home owners do not want any rental housing in their neighborhood. Younger community members, of course, want to rent. The perception of many...
  2. Improving Pedestrian Access in Spain

    This project in Spain improves pedestrian appeal and safety, adds street trees, and creatively saves money in a low cost street retrofit. https://laud8.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/segre-street/ laud8-segrestreet6
  3. Reimagining the Mall

    Randall Park Mall, Cleveland Randall Park Mall, Cleveland There are many struggling retail malls across the US, some shuttered, some limping along and not competing well in the retail marketplace. The strong players out there, such as Fashion Place in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, or Lenox Mall-Phipps Plaza in Atlanta,...
  4. Zaha Hadid – The First Woman to Win the RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture

    Hadid has always been an inspiration to me and I studied her early projects while a student at Georgia Tech. How great that her enormous talent is now recognized by RIBA. She is an icon in the practice of architecture.   http://www.architectmagazine.com/awards/zaha-hadid-wins-2016-riba-royal-gold-medal-for-architecture_o?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Article&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AN_092415%20%281%29&he=fb5ab981f523bf6230d56de74e833e975c4ca4aa zaha
  5. Get Urban Retail Right!

    Communities want "good" retail to attract and retain residents and visitors, to boost their tax base and to provide services to local residents within a walkable environment. I am essentially talking about "Main Street" pedestrian focused retail. Unfortunately, many downtown Main Street environments continue to suffer, in spite of ongoing efforts to attract merchants, entice shoppers, add parking and upgrade the...
  6. Crazy Parking Signs – Finally Something Simple!

    Everyone loves to complain about parking. Parallel or diagonal. On-street or lots. Lots or decks. Who will pay. Is there enough. Well, when you couple all of that with actually finding a parking space, and then are faced with a sign like this .... REALLY?! Most of us would just give up, park and cross our fingers that it...
  7. Just Because You Can’t Find a Place to Park …..

    Parking is a universally hot topic across the board. Perceptions of "not enough parking" by consumers, of "too much and too expensive" by developers ... and the list goes on. A recent public meeting I attended heard a litany of complaints from business owners in a main street environment that there was a shortage of parking. However, a quick...
  8. Walkability Along the Wasatch Front

    On November 19th, the Walkable Neighborhood Conference was held in Provo, UT, with about 80 attendees interested in this timely topic. With burgeoning air quality issues, along with anticipated growth and investments in transit, raising awareness for the benefits of walkability is important. The key note presentation was by Kris Longson, followed by a panel presentation and discussion. Panelists included...
  9. Are There Real Economic & Health Benefits to Compact, Walkable Cities?

    Walking Family This article, by Hazel Borys of Placemakers, is an excellent piece of research that details the costs of sprawl and the benefits of compact development. Clearly, most Americans embrace the opportunity to live and work in cities and neighborhoods that do not require a car for daily necessities. Personally speaking,...
  10. Parking Requirements: Often a Barrier to Development of Downtown Housing

    This is a theme I hear from developers who wish to build downtown housing, and from community leaders who want housing, but have not changed outdated parking regulations. As we look at the maturation of young professionals into families with children, the development of downtown housing with larger units is precluded by current parking regulations. Good post by A-P...
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