Category Archives: Planning

Additive Development: The Gas Station

When I first arrived at Martin County, a development application for a Sunoco Gas Station proposed on a Mapp Road was in the development review process. This gas station was replacing a gas station that had been destroyed during the … Continue reading

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Advancing the Vision

Urban Design is about advancing a community vision through investment and development. Vision is the moral rudder of the development process. The design process, whether you are the designer or the regulatory reviewer, requires constant evaluation against the community vision. … Continue reading

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Engineers Have Lost Their Purpose

Engineers enjoy working on unrealistic grand visions. I want to continue to discuss the Myths of Development and Planning. In my first post, I shared the two myths that are commonly at the core of poor development. In the second … Continue reading

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Planners are Developing the Wrong Plans

Planners enjoy working on unrealistic grand visions. I want to continue to discuss the Myths of Development and Planning. In my previous post, I shared the two myths that are commonly at the core of poor development. Today, I would … Continue reading

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Two Myths of Development and Planning

There are two myths of development and planning. We can build ourselves out of this mess. We can always get more money. Both are false statements. I will be spending the next few days discussing these two myths from the … Continue reading

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Second City Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis is a unique place. The midwestern values are ever present and celebrated in the downtown. Public At, historical plaques, and numerous cultural centers, line the streets sharing the rich culture of the region. Downtown is also built in … Continue reading

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How did you fund that?

This is the question receive on many of my projects. This is also the question I ask when I see ridiculous projects. There are four simple principles that I follow on any project: Want is the community vision? Any investment … Continue reading

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Paper Solutions

We are on a constant search to find ways to improve our built environment. Every professional group publishes annual reports highlighting best practices, new techniques, and exemplar projects. These are the projects that inspire and awards community, but do they … Continue reading

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Parking for Education

A recent article in Us News and Report, How Free Parking Is Screwing Up Our Cities, New research aims to help lawmakers get to better transportation policy, has triggered a great discussion on the cost of parking at schools. This … Continue reading

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Incremental Approach to Urbanism: Implementation

An incremental approach to urbanism is focused on improving conditions. The incremental approach is focused on the small scale, low risk, investment. This approach is not about large budget investment. Incremental approaches are about thoughtful management can be accomplished through … Continue reading

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