Category Archives: Planning

Incremental Approach to Urbanism: Implementation

An incremental approach to urbanism is focused on improving conditions. The incremental approach is focused on the small scale, low risk, investment. This approach is not about large budget investment. Incremental approaches are about thoughtful management can be accomplished through … Continue reading

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Two Governments

There are two governments that we all face in the development of place. We either are in communities that do not want any new development and there are communities that want new investment and development. There are many terms to … Continue reading

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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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Reduced Commute

Want to save yourself thousands? An easy enough question to answer, right? I am constantly looking for opportunities to save money and improve efficiency. I want to share one simple idea: reduced commute. The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) … Continue reading

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The Moneyball Approach to Cities

Last night I watched the movie Moneyball for the umpteenth time. I was first told to watch this movie from my good friend and mentor Chuck Marohn at Strong Towns. Chuck explained that I needed to watch the movie because … 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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Public/Private in the New Economy

Here is a link to a post I shared with the Strong Town’s Blog: Public/Private in the New Economy. In the piece, I share my impressions of the unique differences between Public and Private Sector Development. In this New Economy, … Continue reading

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The Triad Trench

I was recently flying, and I began reading the complementary airline magazine. The combination of being locked in a small airline cabin, the high level of pure oxygen, and restrictions on using my electronic devices, culminate into a thorough read … Continue reading

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Second chance for Indiantown project

Here is a short news story on the Carter Park Project in Indiantown. This development will provide 40 new affordable homes, be home to a new 22,000 square foot Boys and Girls Club, and treat stormwater from over 130 acres … Continue reading

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