Category Archives: Design

The Lost Art of Urbanism

Through the restless search for Urbanism, there are moments that highlight the lost art of urban design. North Adams, Massachuttess, has an amazing Main Street. However half of the street was demolished and redeveloped through urban renewal. The new portion … Continue reading

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Lessons for Mixed Use

There are several things that I have learned while planing, coding, and developing, mixed-use projects. These are not all the answers, simply a list of lessons and observations from my own experiences. I want to share this list with you, … Continue reading

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Never Give Up on Complete Streets

Never give up on the vision for a Complete Streets retrofit. There are millions of miles of roads ready for a walkability retrofit. Do not let current obstacles prevent you from improving your community. Here is an example where persistence … Continue reading

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Is Detroit the testing ground for Havana?

50 years ago, Detroit had the highest standard of living in the world. It was one of the most robust cities providing endless opportunities. Today, the City is described as a post-apocalyptic waste land. The city is financial bankrupt, the … Continue reading

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Martin County Stormwater Toolkit

One of the geographical features that makes Martin County so special is its proximity to the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River. Consequently, remediating the threat of stormwater runoff is a major concern for this community. The County’s Community … Continue reading

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Civic Irony

While walking in Salt Lake City this week, I came across some things that I thought were really ironic. These images are pictures of what I would call Civic Irony. Civic Irony is where two incompatible ides in the city … Continue reading

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I love this Porch

I really love this porch. I took this picture a few years ago while working in Portsmouth, Virginia. Yes, I did climb onto some trash cans to get this shot, and I am actually surprised that the neighbors did not … Continue reading

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North Adams: Workshop Location

Imagine North Adams is being hosted within a vacant shop front on Main Street. It is really important to hold public meetings near the site you are working, and in an easily accessible location. This provides the greatest opportunity for … Continue reading

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Pottery Barn

Humans can both progress and regress in culture and style. Despite what some historians and architects tell us, humans do not have to advance in a linear pattern. The Pottery Barn provides us a great example of this in their … Continue reading

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Road Frustrates Drivers

The headline sums up a both the success and the demise of the great American modernist experiment. I saw this headline in the paper during one of my recent trips. The location does not matter, but this story can be … Continue reading

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