Category Archives: zoning

Now this IS a complete street!


This graphic also appears as a centerfold in the May issue of Planning magazine. It is a very cool representation of what a truly complete street could and should look like, as well as the features/infrastructure that should be incoporated. … Continue reading

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Multi-modal trails are “looking grand” in Portland…Michigan


Kathy and I enjoyed the delightful Mother’s Day weather with temperatures in the low 80s by bicycling the Portland, Michigan non-motorized trail system. For a city of approximately 3,900 residents, Portland has an amazing 11 mile long trail system (see signed … Continue reading

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Hey, Kohl’s – how about a bike rack?


Rode my new Trek Allant to the local Kohl’s store this morning. I ended up parking and locking it inside the vestibule, as there are no bike racks and not even any signs near the entrance to park my bike … Continue reading

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Eleven planning lessons from Boston/Cambridge


I had the opportunity to visit Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts in mid-March. Here is a list of eleven planning-related lessons I took away from visiting these two dynamic cities. Preserve, protect and celebrate your community’s history. A varied blend of … Continue reading

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Why Americans drive and the Dutch bike


I am in midst of reading the illuminating and intriguing book entitled In The City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Bicyclist by author Pete Jordan. If you ever wanted to know the bicycling history of this great European city, Mr. Jordan’s … Continue reading

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Turning bold visions into reality


Kudos to Planning magazine for an insightful and interesting article in the January 2014 edition on the Atlanta BeltLine. Entitled, “Emerald Necklace, Southern Style,” author Alexander Garvin provides a terrific summary of this project by means of an excerpt from … Continue reading

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Reenergizing first-tier suburbs


While there is generally more press about the decline of many of our post-industrial cities, there are a number of first-tier suburbs that struggle economically as well. In fact, as many older inner cities have seen a millennial generation revival, … Continue reading

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Do bike lanes cause gentrification?


While listening to a Tuesdays at APA podcast entitled “Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification”  on New Years Eve, I was dismayed to hear the presenter say that bike lanes are now seen by many lower-income Americans as the ultimate symbol … Continue reading

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This is what great planning is all about!


Anyone remotely interested in urban planning, revitalization, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, history, civics, urban design, community spirit, canals, economic development, the environment, or cities in general should download and listen to the November 19, 2013 podcast and powerpoint presentation of Tuesdays … Continue reading

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Do our college communities pass the walkability test?


In a nutshell, the answer is largely a resounding NO. Below is a list of American college communities with their walkability score for 2014 as compiled by walkscore.com. The overall rating was used for each community as students tend to live, shop, … Continue reading

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