This week marks the annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri. The occasion of this conference, my last two+ years of being away, and some recent visits, have given me time to reflect. Today’s post is the result.
The world of transportation may be changing rapidly, but the world of transportation funding certainly is not. Like a giant ship turning around very slowly, we still are loaded down with the baggage of thinking from 70 years ago. Sometimes it’s just too easy to point out the hypocrisy, but it still needs to be [...]
An article caught my eye recently about how business and civic leaders in four Midwestern cities were talking cooperation and super-regionalism. Fearful of being forgotten in a possible future of “mega-regions”, this group is stepping up to discuss how to work together to enhance the economies of all, rather than focus on [...]
In Part One of this series on park design, I wrote about how well-planned parks fit into a city and a series of neighborhoods, such that they not only present the beauty of nature (albeit designed nature), but also useful active and passive recreational space. And, that their location & integration are keys [...]
Rules are made to be broken, but it’s also true they are good to live by. The good ones can keep us from some of our worst impulses. For example, a good rule of thumb is don’t ever ask someone out on a date by text message. If you care enough to do it, the [...]
Road construction. Just the thought of it drives most of us a little batty. What route will I take? How much longer will it take me? Can I time it just right so I don’t get stuck? Sadly, for those of us in the field of urban planning, or its related disciplines, road construction is [...]
The following summary provides some important insight into suburban sprawl. First, how the lack of diversity in housing type in too many suburban communities is likely to impact the housing market in the coming decades. Plus, how the demographics for these areas are changing and what some of the likely remedies are for these dying [...]