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Surviving Clusters of Shotgun Houses


The shotgun house, or shotgun shack is an easily recognizable long and narrow residential dwelling style that was most commonly constructed in the Deep South and along/near the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys in the decades between the end of the … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Colorado’s Front Range


Below is my list of ten planning lessons learned from multiple visits to Colorado’s Front Range in the past 18 months. Some are positive, some are not. They are presented in no particular order of preference. Cheers! A large, auto-centric city … Continue reading

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New mega-skyscrapers coming to LA and NYC


Just in the past week or so, the designs for two new champion-scale skyscraper projects have been revealed. In Los Angeles, demolition of existing structures is underway, and construction of the tallest building on the West Coast will start soon, … Continue reading

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Make-believe downtown doesn’t work in Kentlands


I visited Washington, D.C. over the past weekend to attend a family wedding.  While there, four of us spent Saturday evening at Kentlands, a neo-traditional, new urbanist development in Gaithersburg, Maryland. While our dinner at the local Greek restaurant, Vasilis … Continue reading

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“Dense sprawl” is still sprawl


I support the concept of new urbanism just as much as anyone in the planning profession, but constructing such a project from scratch on greenfield sites is pure bunk. The last thing that planners should be doing is advocating for the equivalent of … Continue reading

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