This week we’re undertaking a design charrette in Ottawa, KS as a master plan for Ottawa University. OU is a small, but growing, college, and this plan is being done anticipating growth to about 1,500 students over the next decade. We’re on a team with Gould Evans Associates. We’ll try and post some [...]
There’s one aspect of Anthony Bourdain’s television show “No Reservations” that I always connect with – I’m a big fan of street food. And not just for the obvious reasons of quick, cheap and sometimes really tasty meals.
More than anything, I like street food because, well, it gets people out on the street. And [...]
Admittedly it’s a working title, but as we have worked in communities all across the U.S., it’s clear that what so many places are seeking is simple economic development. And why is that – why the relentless search for more growth, more revenue, more employment?
The simple answer is – most of our places simply [...]
It’s interesting and sad to me that the only primary opposition to plans like these come from the Sierra Club. Where are our business groups, urban real estate interests, economic development agencies, etc. in [...]
Over the coming weeks, I want to use this space to share ideas and thoughts on a subject that is of great interest to me: How do we accomplish great urban design and walkability when the economy stinks?
That’s a question weâ€™ve heard a lot lately. But the reality is this: the nature of the economy doesnâ€™t have much to do with what we can accomplish – there are many things that can and should be done in any economy and quite a few that are easy ways to get started