Category Archives: adaptive reuse

Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this … Continue reading

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AR4AV = Adaptive Reuse for Autonomous Vehicles


Listed below are six (6) excellent examples of former industrial, military, and other brownfield sites that have been (or are being) adapted for reuse as autonomous vehicle proving grounds. Instead of developing greenfield locations, these advanced technology facilities have utilized … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from San Luis Obispo (SLO)


My wife and I were privileged to spend a few lovely days in the San Luis Obispo area in September. Here are my thoughts about this captivating and enchanting community from a planner’s perspective. A beautiful physical setting not only … Continue reading

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Since when are fire trucks incapable of backing up?


As anyone who has worked with fire departments to review the proposed design of new buildings/developments will attest, they hate projects that require a fire truck to back up more than 50-75 feet. Why this is, has never been clearly … Continue reading

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Grand movie palaces of Northern Michigan


Sources:  http://thebaytheatre.com/about-us/ http://www.boynechamber.com/news/details/boyne-theater-restoration-plans-unveiled http://www.frankfortgardentheater.com/the-theater/ https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/statetheatre https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/bijoubythebay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijou_by_the_Bay http://www.idealtheatre.com/index.php/about-us http://voguetheatremanistee.org/history https://www.friendsofthebroadway.org/about-us/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Theatre_(Mount_Pleasant,_Michigan) http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14104 http://www.centerstage.bz/scheduleticketinfo.html https://squareup.com/store/rialtograyling http://michiganoperahouses.com/maltz-opera-house-alpena-alpena-county/ http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/movietheaters.aspx?id=814&type=5 https://www.facebook.com/pg/LakeTheatreOscoda/about/?ref=page_internal http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1558 http://www.elkrapidscinema.com/history.html http://www.rogerscitytheater.com/community-theatre/about-the-theater/

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Two downtown pedestrian malls that work and work very well


I have now had the pleasure of recently visiting two American cities with hugely successful pedestrian malls in their downtown core – St. Augustine, Florida and Boulder, Colorado. During the 1960s and 70s, pedestrian malls were seen as a possible … Continue reading

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America’s most beautiful downtown – my vote is St. Augustine


I have had the great pleasure of visiting many communities across America ranging in size from hamlet to town to major city. This includes visits to parts of 49 states. Until this past week’s visit to St. Augustine, Florida I … Continue reading

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