On a recent trip to northern Minnesota with my brother (otherwise known as the Mississippi Valley Traveler – http://mississippivalleytraveler.com), I had a chance to visit Camp Rabideau – one of a handful of remaining CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) camps left standing in the US. The camp is six miles south [...]
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 [...]
New Urbanism Blog: Kevin Klinkenberg, a principal architect and urban planner, discusses improved mass transit through modern versions of the streetcars that once served Kansas City. He also discusses he distinction between a streetcar and light rail.
These days, recession-pummeled Americans are following the federal stimulus package almost as avidly as, in happier times, they obsessed over Anna Nicole Smith or Laci Peterson. Theyâ€™re arguing whether stimulus money should go to the arts, or to repair and expand infrastructure, such as fixing bridges, boosting transit or finishing urban loop roads.