Category Archives: Physical Design & Walkability

March 12, 2015

Sprawl, Sprawl, and More Sprawl

Sprawl - we know it when we see it.  We all live with sprawl in some way or other, but do we ever stop to think how it impacts our lives?  Or do we just go through the motions of…
February 12, 2015

Creating a Purposeful New Life for Old Suburban Sites

Dead regional malls, huge vacancies in strip malls, and empty office buildings have been accumulating in American suburbs in recent years. Much of this change can be attributed to suburban demographic shifts. Particularly since 2000, many babyboomers are now empty-nesters,…
January 7, 2015

Placemaking Happy Hour & Panel Discussion

Placemaker and CEO of Adelaide, Australia Peter Smith is coming to Michigan to speak at the Michigan Local Government Managers Association Winter Institute at the end of the month. Because he's traveling so far, we figured we better take advantage…
January 2, 2015

Great places in Grand Rapids’ urban neighborhoods

Great neighborhoods dedicate only the bare minimum amount of space to parking. Visiting family in Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill neighborhood over the holidays is always a great opportunity to dive into another city's urban form. Â (Or at least that's…
November 25, 2014

West Michigan Attracts Talent during Holiday Season

A community's aesthetics and outdoor amenities have a large impact on talent attraction and retention. Michigan has higher learning institutions that attract students from around the world. College towns' population surges during the school year, but communities struggle to keep…
October 29, 2014

Finding the Future of Places in Buenos Aires

During the first week of September, I had the privilege of attending an international conference in Buenos Aires that focused on streets as public spaces and how they can drive urban prosperity. This is the second of a series of three…
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