Communities like Cobb County must address the problems that have plagued them from the outset by encouraging the style of development that produces true value per acre.
Inspired by a post from a local architect I take a look at the comparative height of Asheville and tall things around the world. Along the way I share a little skyscraper history, provide some instructions for doing this kind of exploration, and poke fun at Asheville's "Shelbyville:" Kidding aside, I find this a great way to get perspective on your communty's urban environment.
I am super excited about speaking as part of a group of amazing women at the upcoming CityBuilding Exchange conference in New Orleans, November 15-17. More info on the event here.
This is what happens when you build sprawling homes on Swiss cheese land. Very sad, but a lesson on land use, environmental degredation, and the perils of sprawl.
This morning I read this article in the NY Times about the most expensive decision many of make in our lifetimes: where we buy a house. The article covers the buyers' remorse many have when they trade the city for the suburbs, and discover the harsh reality of auto-dependent, isolated living. This quote struck me solidly in my urban planner heart of hearts:
Yesterday, I read a great article in the NY Times about a guy who is obsessed with dead and dying malls, and creates short films about these malls. Of course, the bizarre, sad wonder and whimsy of these films reminded me of the crazy images my colleague Josh McCarty shares periodically when he is out on site visits for Urban3.
We are super excited to welcome Will Creasy, GIS Analyst, to our staff this month!
A special map for Halloween that maps, not taxable parcels, but the land occupied by the dead in north Asheville.