Why Building a City on Rock ‘n’ Roll isn’t a Good Idea

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Blog Article, Project Showcase | One Comment

I have two kids under the age of 4, so with the recent bout of super cold weather, I have been watching more than my fair share of “family movies”. These include the usual Disney hits as well as several films featuring the Muppets that I have now seen dozens of times. This past Sunday, […]

What if Hot gets too Hot?

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Blog Article, Project Showcase | No Comments

German Brewery Workers & Restaurant Roulette in Cincinnati I spent part of the holidays in the Cincinnati region and visited some of the most rapidly redeveloping urban neighborhoods in the nation, generally north of the city’s traditional Central Business District (CBD), although there are a number of places Downtown experiencing a lot of reinvestment as […]

Plans that went nowhere… Thank God!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog Article, Project Showcase | No Comments

Throughout History plans and planning maps have shined a light on what different people thought was important, inevitable, likely, desired, or essential. From interesting, to funny, to frightening, many of these plans and maps provide insight into a world that could have been, but never came to be. Like many planning professionals, as an urban […]

Planning in Other Disciplines – Planning in Film

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Blog Article, Uncategorized | No Comments

Meg Ryan and the Big Box This is the first blog that is part of the ongoing series Planning in Other Disciplines posted a few weeks back. [Spoiler Alert]-this article includes detailed discussion of crucial plot points in the films discussed. In 1998 Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks starred in the romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, their […]

The Ikea Master Plan

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Blog Article, Uncategorized | One Comment

I built a play table for my two daughters a few years ago with some shelves and a play rug from IKEA. Over time my girls began constructing a Lego city on top of the mat, so to make the surface a little more “Lego Friendly” I had a large piece of plexi-glass cut, and […]

Planning in Other Disciplines

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog Article | No Comments

Planning is often considered a discipline of disciplines. Any professional planner has had that struggle when someone asks “So what do you do?” To say you “plan cities” just doesn’t seem enough, yet how do you begin to explain land use, comprehensive planning, design regulations, or NIMBYs? Do you talk about working for a city […]

Slow down…with all the speed bumps!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog Article | No Comments

Speed bumps, speed humps, speed pillows, speed tables…whatever name they go by, they’re popping up all over Chicago! As a resident of a healthy Chicago neighborhood, it’s easy to see how their use has become, to say the least, rampant. Before I discuss my observations on this topic, I want to offer a few notes […]

Planning Myths Debunked

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Blog Article | No Comments

There are many myths that surround urban planning. Some are about the profession in general: planning is slow, costly, and unnecessary. Others are in regard to specific projects and planning areas: density, transportation, parks, parking, etc. As planners, we try to educate the public through a robust public outreach and participation process. However, sometimes all […]

What is Economic Development?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Blog Article | No Comments

Defining Economic Development can be tricky because it is a result of many factors. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why one community has been more successful than another in attracting new development.

Really?! – Sidewalk Rage III

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Blog Article | One Comment

I saw a few more “Ped-Peeves” that I wanted to write about.