For a couple of years now, urbanists both old and new alike have been enamored with the band Arcade Fire and their album The Suburbs. For me, they’re admittedly a recent discovery, having seen them at Bonnaroo this past summer for the first time.
An awful lot has been written about this band over the [...]
In an earlier post I extolled some of the virtues of one-story buildings as a means to “seeding” an urban market in many of our communities. To reiterate, while we still have some fine examples of walkable neighborhoods, the reality is that we’ve spent decades destroying most of what we had, and building new places with limited walkability at best
It’s true, I’m not an engineer – I’m an architect. However, with all of our work in community planning over the years we’ve had to work hand-in-hand with engineers of all kinds. As a result, weâ€™ve learned a great deal about how our transportation systems are planned. For my engineering friends – yes, I hope [...]
Last week I commented on how many of our city streets suffer from the excess of pavement dedicated to cars moving quickly. This is especially true in older urban areas that have seen decades of street “improvements” which loosely translate into removing people from streets and adding space for fast-moving cars.
A common refrain of this series is the notion that an awful lot of our existing paved street area is over-dedicated to fast through traffic. That is, we have too many lanes on most of our roads that are set aside for cars moving really fast through our neighborhoods. The consequences of this are important [...]
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