In this case study from Chattanooga, TN we took the lessons of compact development and looked at how design can impact economics at the development site scale. When a vibrant neighborhood balked at the planned design of a typical grocery supermarket we took the opportunity to investigate alternative designs and measure their fiscal performance.
Joe and I traveled to sunny San Bernardino, California to the ESRI GeoDesign Summit. Here are some of the highlights of the trip and things we learned
As 2014 closes and 2015 begins I reflect back on my projects of the year. One memorable experience was the activity and vibrancy on the streets of Buffalo. Even six stories up in a hotel with a barely operable window I felt like part of an improvised drama. I think this experience is a powerful lesson about urban design, human scale, and living neighborhoods.
When Robert De Niro gets into a fight with the labyrinthine New York State property tax system its a great chance to learn how cities misunderstand their opportunities and what really pays their bills. This is a story about a fight too expensive to be worth fighting and what we can learn when we do the math.