Is nothing sacred?

Is nothing sacred?

I'd like you to join with me and the many good people of Worcester as we mourn the passing of this amazing building.

Blue Zones

Blue Zones

In a handful of regions throughout the world, longevity and a high quality of life in old age are the norm. We can learn a lot from these places and in turn, use that knowledge to build towns that support prosperous, long lives for ourselves and our neighbors.

How Strong Towns Changed the Way I View Development

How Strong Towns Changed the Way I View Development

I used to design big, expensive development projects. Then I realized the most successful places don't depend on huge grants and megaprojects, rather, they have strong local economies and people-oriented spaces.

What Slasher Films Taught Me About City Financing

What Slasher Films Taught Me About City Financing

The best kind of horror filmmakers, like the best kind of placemakers, find ways not just to survive their budgetary shortcomings, but to make work that is more creative and exciting because of that constraint.

From Tactical to Permanent - A Memphis Success Story

From Tactical to Permanent - A Memphis Success Story

Memphis is a shining example of how taking small, low-cost steps can lead to more permanent change that benefits a neighborhood and a city, without risking detrimental public backlash or precious money in the city budget.

    Lessons from the Delta Implosion

    Lessons from the Delta Implosion

    Government – particularly local government – needs to be about redundancy, not efficiency. We need spare parts. We need slack in the system.

    To stop a road widening project, be persistent

    To stop a road widening project, be persistent

    While she had no professional background in planning, engineering, or even community organizing, Dana Dunbar used her passion for her neighborhood and resources on websites like ours to rally her neighbors against a harmful road widening project.

    How much would you pay?

    How much would you pay?

    I’m not sure what hurts more—knowing that people are willing to trade off that much of their income to not live “here”, or that someone I really respect has to pay so much to live in a way which, apart from the size of the home, is just a standard living arrangement in most parts of the developed world.

    A Town Well Planned: Determining Public Will

    A Town Well Planned: Determining Public Will

    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.