As the dust settles on the 2014 Midterm Elections it is a great opportunity to step back from all the political gamesmanship and spin doctoring and look at the condition of the State of Illinois, Chicago and Cook County. What really is the state of the State of Illinois? Why has Illinois and Chicago lagged behind other metropolitan areas in terms of job growth and population growth post the Great Recession? What is Governor-elect Bruce Rauner stepping into in January? And what does this have to do with Urban Design and Architecture?Continue Reading The state of the State… (Illinois)
A city makes many investments, such as infrastructure improvements, life and safety services, and in their employees. To fund such, cities rely upon new development and construction to fuel its economic generation engine with new jobs, housing, shops, parks, fees, and tax revenues.We have all experienced the difficulties with building new developments in Southern California. It is either too difficult to build something great or too easy to build something terrible. Most city planning departments have to overcome a past of allowing for deplorable new buildings that challenged the character of beloved older communities.Continue Reading The Value of Planning in the Age of Economics.
Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like.
The mind and body rebel a bit at being kept indoors, especially on fine days, and especially at those events ostensibly about the environment, but held largely apart from, or in spite of it. Attendees fight to stay awake, praying for that next coffee break near overlooked, empty bathrooms, huddled in highly air-conditioned rooms, optimally suited for viewing digital projections, eating lunches out of boxes which might or might not be recycled, depending upon how lucky one might be.
But, occasionally, these brief periods of sensory deprivation are worth it.
Even more rarely, they might very well be essential.
MIT Sea Grant’s Climate Change Symposium: Sustaining Coastal Cities, held June 16-18, 2014 in Cambridge, MA, was just one of these occasions.Continue Reading ‘Adapt, We May’ – The Chelsea Way: Regional Resilience and America’s Coastal Cities
Yes, this is my autographed copy of the High Cost of Free Parking!
I had the pleasure of serving on a panel with one of my professional crushes, Donald Shoup, Continue Reading It’s Official, I’m a Parking Groupie!
In Part 1 of this series, we explored the context that made greenfield or exurban sites attractive for post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, as well as two examples of this strategy. Part 2 takes us to two examples of government-built housing, the informal settlement of Canaan, and draws some conclusions.
3 and 4) Zoranje
Chicago construction crews are up to their necks in water main projects thanks to aggressive 10-year plan by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to replace the aging infrastructure.Continue Reading Chicago’s Aggressive Water Main Replacement Program Gets Underway