When asked about what I do for a living by new friends and neighbors, I usually start with “urban designer,” then drift towards “city planner,” and usually end with, “sort of like architecture…” Or, during one those late Sunday evening angst moments while contemplating just what in the heck am I doing on this earth, I like to tell myself that I’m a maker of great places. Then Sunday’s infinite theoretical possibilities and dreams butt up against Monday’s unforgiving reality*, and I’m back to selling traditional neighborhood developments, form-based codes, consecutive-day charrettes, and mixed-use, walkable, urbanism to anyone willing to listen, which I enjoy immensely.Continue Reading I’m a PlaceMaker. . .
I just attended my first American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, this event was attended by over 5,000 planners and officials who took part in hundreds of workshops, sessions, and networking opportunities. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and learned a great deal. Continue Reading APA Conference: A Park Planner’s Perspective