The Case for Small Commercial Spaces
July 5, 2018
When large storefronts sit empty for years, holding out for the perfect big tenant, while small businesses can’t find space to rent, we’ve got a serious problem.
The Living City vs. The Mechanical City
May 2, 2018
A city is a living organism, and we should tend to it as such. A city dies when it is treated as, and functions, as a machine.
You Don't Need Transit To Build A Walkable Place
February 14, 2018
Transit is not a prerequisite for making a decent people-oriented neighbourhood.
We Need Complete Neighbourhoods
February 7, 2018
A Complete Neighborhood is one where, outside of commuting to work or spending a night out, you can get everything you need within walking distance.
Setbacks and Land Consolidation
October 19, 2017
Setbacks require us to set aside a fixed amount of land per lot, encouraging us to consolidate towards fewer, larger lots.
A Simple Guide to Architectural Rendering
August 29, 2017
Is there an empty lot in your neighborhood you dream of filling? Use these simple steps to sketch, model and render a new building in the space.
Let’s explore Van Vorst Park
May 10, 2017
Let's take a look at what makes a neighbourhood park great by exploring Van Vorst Park in Jersey City, NJ.
Subdividing Large Lots for Small Developers
April 19, 2017
What if cities purchased those big lots and sold them to smal-scale developers?
Historic Preservation Treats The Symptom Instead Of The Cause
January 30, 2017
Historic preservation is often used to prevent something being replaced by something worse, but are we focusing on the symptom or the cause?
Ride-Sharing and Car Ownership
January 4, 2017
What does ride-sharing mean for the future of our cities and car ownership?
Washington Street Fantasy Design
October 27, 2016
What would a main street look like if we designed it first and foremost for people?
Big Boxing The City
July 20, 2016
Big-box stores are often associated with suburbia, but they can trace their roots to department stores that are often anchors of retail life in a city. There is nothing inherently suburban about large scale retail.
June 14, 2016
Small bets are an affordable way to incrementally improve the places we love. Every city should be looking at the low hanging fruit that they can use to continually improve themselves.
Housing Unaffordability is the Result of Artifical Scarcity
April 20, 2016
Housing affordability is simply a result of supply and demand. In a true free market, housing prices should be around the same as construction costs.
Encouraging Fine-Grained Development
March 17, 2016
The largest threat to Hoboken's character are the monolithic block-sized buildings I see appear anywhere that there is an opportunity to redevelop.
The Case for One-Way Streets
February 11, 2016
Urbanists love to bash one way streets, but I think it is a red herring.
The Case Against Traffic Projections
December 10, 2015
Traffic projections are only correct if you listen to them thus inducing demand and becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Let's Build A Village From A Parking Lot
December 3, 2015
All of this empty land just sitting there is ripe for some infill.
Thoughts on Gentrification and Affordability
November 5, 2015
Does it make you a bad person for wanting to live in the nicest area you can afford?
Every City Believes They Have A Parking Problem
October 26, 2015
Complaining about parking is useless. Every single city I have lived in thinks they have a parking problem.
September 16, 2015
Parks are an excellent use of land, and we can classify them as Neighbourhood Parks and Grand Parks.
September 14, 2015
Greenspace is useless filler that spaces things apart. We are better off building real parks.
Following The Pack - Drive-through Banking
June 24, 2015
If you wanted drive-through banking - why would you drive downtown to do so, and not visit a suburban branch?
A Minimal Amount of Thought
April 24, 2015
There are some things in this world that are obviously done without a whole lot of thought put into them.
Some Thoughts on Narrow Streets
March 18, 2015
Narrower streets provide exponentially more tax revenue per square foot of street supporting them.
A Matter of Priorities
February 20, 2015
There is nothing inherent to what we build - it is simply a matter of priorities.
A Look At Traffic Lights
December 18, 2014
Traffic lights act as synchronization barriers that cause cars to cluster together giving the illusion of congestion.
December 1, 2014
My worst fear is that we are transition towards a polarized economy - an economy where you have a small group at the top that owns most of the capital, and a large low-skilled, low-paid working class.
Building Dense Does Not Have To Be Dense
November 4, 2014
Building dense is not the same as building tall. More Provincetown and less Le Corbusier.
Top Down Funding
November 3, 2014
Where does a small state like Arkansas go in the priority for federal money?
October 8, 2014
Living in suburbia is driving me to do more of my shopping online than when I lived in a city.
October 2, 2014
How is the Walmart 'Neighbourhood' Market 'neighbourly' when your front door is set back 750 feet from the street - distancing themselves as far away as possible from any 'neighbours'!
The Case Against Historical Districts
September 18, 2014
The best way to preserve something is to keep is relevant, not put it under a glass case and keep it on life support.
Strong Towns National Gathering
September 13, 2014
I have spent the weekend at the Strong Towns National Gathering.
Thoughts on Language
August 9, 2014
I was always taught to communicate in the most plain, simple, and unambiguous way possible.
Density Without Zoning
July 16, 2014
Density is simply a measurement of population over area and has very little to do with zoning.
Learn To Say No
July 10, 2014
If what you have been doing has not worked out for you, the best thing you can do is to stop.
June 23, 2014
Food courts are more than simply places you can walk to to eat a reasonably priced meal or snack at. Food courts are social places.
Car Dependent By Design
May 21, 2014
If we zone automobile-oriented uses at automobile scales do not be surprised if the result is an automobile dependent environment.
A Tale of Two Cities
May 13, 2014
Inner Conway would be an awesome town if we could just focus on being us - and let everyone else just do their thing.
April 22, 2014
I love narrow streets, they are an essential part of making a city feel warm, inviting, and most importantly, human-scale.
April 10, 2014
Look at the forest and not the trees when it comes to being environmentally friendly.
March 19, 2014
America's best urban planners are out there building malls, university campuses, and amusement parks instead of cities.
February 14, 2014
One of my favourite things I miss from Australian cities are laneways and their connotation is different to an alley.
The Case for Investing Downtown
January 15, 2014
In an urban environment, not only are we concentrating our infrastructure and saving money - requiring very little to service many - but the taxes and jobs generated from it are phenomenally high.
Thoughts of a Pedestrian
December 19, 2013
A few frustrating thoughts walking around in my new neighbourhood.
A Traditional City Primer
December 4, 2013
The Traditional City simply refers to the pattern of development that human civilization has built in for millenia.
Paving Our Streets
November 11, 2013
Cars are rugged machines. So why do we prioritize making cars more comfortable than people?
What About The Elderly?
October 18, 2013
Traversing an environment built for the automobile in anything other than an automobile, sucks. Even if you can overcome the inhospitable nature of that, there are others that can not.
August 20, 2013
Public markets encourage innovation, they create activity, and most of all, they lower the cost of entry to the market, which in turn, encourages jobs to locally grow.
July 15, 2013
The Copy-and-Paste town, unique only by its configuration of chain stores, is a very dull and uninteresting place.
Let's Build A Traditional City (And Make A Profit)
March 30, 2013
Let's transform an old airport site into a Traditional City.
January 31, 2013
Wide streets have many problems, so let's design our streets to the scale of humans.
Fortifying Yourself in the Suburban Warzone
November 2, 2012
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the southern United States would have noticed the abundance of large vehicles on the roads.
October 20, 2012
Part of the experience of moving to a new country are the new experiences that come with it.
Places and Non-Places in Cities
October 15, 2012
All of the land used within a city can be classified into two categories: places and non-places. Places are for people. Everything else is a non-place.
The Future of The Automobile
October 1, 2012
Global warming, obesity, gasoline prices, the war for oil, urban sprawl, social isolation, small businesses shutting down, the rising cost of living - what do all of these problems have in common?