We hear a lot about “smart growth” in the press, in blogs, and at planning commissions these days. There are folks who support smart growth […]
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(Originally published on the David Prowler Blog on May 16, 2018) In Paris’ 17th Arrondissement, a neighborhood called Batignolles, there is a small plaza, Place De Levis, that knocked me out. It’s in a bourgeois neighborhood that’s well off the tourist path. It’s small; I’m guessing about 200’ by 500’, ringed by a hodgepodge of stores […]
The Vancouver Style has made it to the burbs, and in a big way. SkyTrain stations are the nodes around which the 21st century suburbs are being redeveloped. And what a development pattern it is!
In the wake of the 2011 demise of California’s 400 redevelopment agencies, cities, developers, and institutions are all struggling to find new ways to fund the construction and maintenance of essential infrastructure and other public buildings and facilities. A San Francisco official recently complained to me that there are 40,000 dwelling units entitled in the […]
I recently had a client ask me to look at a local park disfigured by freeway construction bifurcating the neighborhood and cutting residents off from this very expensive and valuable amenity. Environmental problems. Social problems. Economic problems. Could anything be done? What are best practices today?