Alexander Dukes has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since 2016, and works as a Community Planner for the US Air Force at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Tuskegee University and Auburn University, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Community Planning, respectively. With this background, Alexander focuses his planning work on both public policy and the design of the physical realm for both military and civilian applications. Alexander is principally concerned with building sustainable urban environments and neighborhoods that provide all citizens with access to meaningful employment, civic resources, and beautiful places.
A basic universal code can help us create productive, economically successful developments while allowing for maximum flexibility for developers, business owners and residents.
A traditional pattern of development requires zoning that is fine-grained, geographically contextual and responsive to observable feedback.
A hierarchical zoning model would allow greater development flexibility and remove needless rules from our zoning codes. Here's how to do it.
This neighborhood has three different types of streets to meet different needs—but all of them provide ample room for the best indicator species of success: people.
When affordability meets flexibility, the result tends to be the democratization of a local real estate market.
If planners learn to determine what the public will is and apply themselves in service to that public will, our municipalities can be that much closer to towns well planned.
If zoning codes are the primary tool in a planner's toolbox, that's a problem. Here's a three part system that would offer a better way for planners to design cities.
How community gardens can be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and economic development.
Autonomous vehicles have the potential to revolutionize America’s transportation system, not just through their safety and convenience, but also because of their lower cost.
Here are the three core characteristics you need for a successful urban center, plus how to creatively make them happen on a shoestring budget.
American communities need to shift away from a big box retail strategy to a local, placemaking retail strategy. When placemaking urban centers become the default model, local retailers flourish and a broad, diverse Democratized Economy emerges.
The key to building a sustainable local economy is to nurture a diverse set of employers that operate in multiple industries. With the emergence of the Democratized Economy, localized production for regional markets is returning to the fore.