I believe that change comes through action. Ambition and great plans are important, but equally as important are experimental attitudes and a sense of urgency.
Our world is experiencing a profound shift in its attitudes towards cities and socializing. The 20th century was marked by a global attitude towards embracing the new, modern era and casting out the old. The 21st century is quickly becoming a time to reclaim our lost traditions, connect better with each other and use our advanced technologies in ways that are much more, well, human.
But we need positive action, not hand-wringing or complaining.
For twenty years I’ve worked in this changing world as an urban designer, using the various skills of design, planning and form-based coding to create walkable communities. I’ve worked for developers, cities, not-for-profits and public agencies to create environments that are sustainable and sociable. From big picture master-plans to development regulations to building design, I’ve done it all. I’ve been blogging about these issues and more for years, and wrote a book called “Why I Walk” that will be published in 2014.
Today, I live in Savannah, GA, and have added the creation of a car sharing company to the list. I’m a huge fan of the sharing economy, and the potential it is already showing to make our lives better. Car sharing in particular has enormous potential to help people live car-free or “car-light.”
Please connect with me here if share these interests, or if you want to talk with me about consulting or speaking. If you’re doing business development for a building product, please don’t waste our time.
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