Category Archives: Planning

Planners are Developing the Wrong Plans

Planners enjoy working on unrealistic grand visions. I want to continue to discuss the Myths of Development and Planning. In my previous post, I shared the two myths that are commonly at the core of poor development. Today, I would … Continue reading

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Two Myths of Development and Planning

There are two myths of development and planning. We can build ourselves out of this mess. We can always get more money. Both are false statements. I will be spending the next few days discussing these two myths from the … Continue reading

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Second City Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis is a unique place. The midwestern values are ever present and celebrated in the downtown. Public At, historical plaques, and numerous cultural centers, line the streets sharing the rich culture of the region. Downtown is also built in … Continue reading

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How did you fund that?

This is the question receive on many of my projects. This is also the question I ask when I see ridiculous projects. There are four simple principles that I follow on any project: Want is the community vision? Any investment … Continue reading

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Paper Solutions

We are on a constant search to find ways to improve our built environment. Every professional group publishes annual reports highlighting best practices, new techniques, and exemplar projects. These are the projects that inspire and awards community, but do they … Continue reading

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Parking for Education

A recent article in Us News and Report, How Free Parking Is Screwing Up Our Cities, New research aims to help lawmakers get to better transportation policy, has triggered a great discussion on the cost of parking at schools. This … Continue reading

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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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