Can we create a new downtown?

Can we create a new downtown?

Our understanding of development for years has fallen into two basic categories: there are old cities that have downtowns and historic neighborhoods, and there is modern suburban development with its subdivisions, office parks and retail centers. So, when someone...
Reconnecting with the Street Grid

Reconnecting with the Street Grid

It seems strange to most people that the idea of removing infrastructure could ever be a good thing. But in many cities, that’s exactly the case. Our excitement to build freeways in the 1950’s and beyond led us to build far more highway and road infrastructure than we...
An Urban Planner’s Notes from Savannah

An Urban Planner’s Notes from Savannah

If I only had a dollar for every city planner or designer that writes about Savannah… well, you know how that ends. Last month, urban planner Susan Henderson spent a few days in Savannah, and shares her thoughts on the Place Makers blog. Even though we know the city...
How to Make Your Block Better

How to Make Your Block Better

Jason Roberts founded The Better Block (now The Better Block Foundation) in 2010, and in a few short years his work has taken off like a rocket ship. His infamous TedX video (click here to view) has inspired thousands (including myself), and garnered him international...