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Baltimore's Harborplace in bankruptcy and what that says about certain development trends in urban revitalization

The Light Street pavilion at Harborplace, the view from next to the USS Constellation. Zach Phillips, Baltimore Business Journal..The Baltimore Sun...

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While Harris-Teeter Supermarket is committed to center city markets, they haven't refigured their promotions to accommodate sustainable mobility
Blog 1 week ago
While Harris-Teeter Supermarket is committed to center city markets, they haven't refigured their promotions to accommodate sustainable mobility

Harris-Teeter Supermarket is a chain based in North Carolina, but over the past 15 years they've aggressively moved into the Mid-Atlantic market,...

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Blog 2 weeks ago
America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places | Closing out May as National Historic Preservation Month

Industrial National Trust Building, Providence, Rhode Island. Wikipedia photo. This building was featured in "Superman" movies as the home of the...

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Blog 1 month ago
National Tourism and Travel Week 2019: DC recap | DC needs a tourism development and management plan

May 5-11 was National Tourism and Travel Week with the theme "Travel Matters," and I wrote a bunch of pieces on the topic."(US) National Travel and...

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May is Historic Preservation Month: 60 ways to celebrate | Part 3: Learn and Get Involved (37-52)

This series is updated and expanded annually, to encourage us to acknowledge and celebrate historic preservation, ideally not only during...

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Blog 1 month ago
(US) National Travel and Tourism Week, 2019: May 5th-11th

-- National Travel and Tourism Week 2019 Theme: “Travel Matters”, US Travel Association According to the press release:This year’s theme is “Travel...

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May is (2019) Historic Preservation Month: 59 ways to celebrate | Part 2: Explore your community (20-36)

This series is updated and expanded annually, to encourage us to acknowledge and celebrate historic preservation, ideally not only during...

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May is Historic Preservation Month: 60 ways to celebrate | Part 1: Items 1-19 (Cultural heritage tourism)

This post is updated and expanded annually, to encourage us to acknowledge and celebrate historic preservation, ideally not only during...

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Blog 1 month ago
May is National Preservation Month: How does historic preservation remain relevant when advocates call for zero change in the face of a growing population?

Columnist Shawn Micaleff of the Toronto Star writes an interesting piece, "Toronto’s heritage advocates have a responsibility to find room for new...

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Blog 1 month ago
Comments due today: Proposed changes to the National Register of Historic Places should be opposed

Ironically, on the eve of May, which is "National Historic Preservation Month," Preservation Maryland calls our attention to significant changes...

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Blog 1 month ago
Haste makes waste: President Macron's statements about rebuilding the Notre Dame Cathedral

I'm not surprised that President Macron has made bold statements about the rebuilding.First, that it will be done in 5 years, in time for the Paris...

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"Turn it down" doesn't mean "turn it off": It's not always about race--the issue of (go go) music broadcasted at 7th and U Streets NW

Public nuisance:Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn activity or thing that affects the health, safety, or morals of a community....

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Blog 2 months ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

-- National Library Week, American Library Association Libraries = Strong Communities: Celebrate National Library Week April 7-13, 2019-- "Happy...

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This was a bicycle mobility promotion concept I tried to sell to one of the DC area's biggest apartment managers*, to no avail
Blog 2 months ago
This was a bicycle mobility promotion concept I tried to sell to one of the DC area's biggest apartment managers*, to no avail

* They are also a big developer====After the failure trying to push this idea of what I call "bike provision" -- the bundling of a bike, lock, and...

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Shaw Metrorail Station entrance on the 700 block of R Street NW is an illustration of the opportunity to develop housing above certain stations
Blog 2 months ago
Shaw Metrorail Station entrance on the 700 block of R Street NW is an illustration of the opportunity to develop housing above certain stations

It's not Hong Kong and their MTR system which is known for integrating large scale real estate development into their business model, but in the...

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More examples of the need for mandatory design review in Washington, DC
Blog 2 months ago
More examples of the need for mandatory design review in Washington, DC

This site had been vacant for decades. I can't say when I first noticed, but it must have been around 20 years ago at the least.Back then, when the...

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Blog 3 months ago
The bilingual Key Elementary School in Arlington County as another example of the "upsidedownness" of community planning

October is National Community Planning Month and this year I mean to write a post "in honor" but it will also include a discussion of some of the...

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Blog 3 months ago
Update: Neighborhood libraries as nodes in a neighborhood and city-wide network of cultural assets

========This piece originated in the Summer of 2017, when I met with some stakeholders in Southwest DC and they told me that DC Public Library was...

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Blog 3 months ago
Apartment List study of high income renters

Best Addresses by James Goode, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press, discusses the architecture of DC's apartment houses.The rental...

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Blog 3 months ago
An illustration that it is possible to integrate public service advertising into digital transit ad programs.

In "PL #5: Creating a Silver Spring "Sustainable Mobility District" | Part 3: Program items 10-18" I wrote:10. Create a digital community and...

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Blog 3 months ago
Here's a program every city needs to do: NYC's Municipal Arts Society's Livable Neighborhoods program

2019 Livable Neighborhoods Program!MAS is seeking applications from community-based partners for the 2019 Livable Neighborhoods Program. Selected...

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Blog 3 months ago
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: City branding versus identity

Aaron Renn (Urbanophile/Manhattan Institute) has a piece out on CityLab, "Cities: Don’t Fall in the Branding Trap," getting a lot of play with its...

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Blog 4 months ago
Another example of the need to do comprehensive parks, recreation and civic assets planning at multiple scales, including neighborhoods like Columbia Heights

There were a couple of interesting articles in the Washington Post last week, both about the Columbia Heights neighborhood.One article is on a...

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Blog 4 months ago
DC, Universities and "making versus taking" or universities that add to a community's capital and those that don't

Earlier in the week, the Washington Post ran an article, "How many colleges and universities operate in DC?," about the rise of universities from...

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Blog 4 months ago
Aldi to do mixed use supermarket in DC

This stock design was employed for the first Aldi store in DC.When Aldi first entered DC proper, they did a traditional single story parking...

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Blog 4 months ago
(Post Super Bowl) Towards a framework for maximizing community return on investment from professional sports venues

The basis of this list was first developed in this 2014 entry, "An arena subsidy project I'd probably favor: Sacramento," and was expanded but not...

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Blog 4 months ago
If you want legitimate small and minority businesses operating in the government side of the construction trade you have to build the infrastructure for it

Photo by Darrow Montgomery, WCP, showing a small house-based office building used by multiple contractors.The cover story in last week's Washington...

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Blog 4 months ago
Reprinting with a slight update, "Arts, culture districts and revitalization" from 2009

"Arts, culture districts, and revitalization" is a reprint of a talk I gave at a national conference for the theater sector. But copying it from a...

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Blog 4 months ago
Urbanism/community building obituaries: 2018

=====From the better late than never department...Each year, the New York Times Magazine runs a special issue featuring obituaries of signature...

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Blog 5 months ago
Little room for error: small retail business in general and in DC in particular

Last week, Washington Post writer Paul Schwartzman had a piece, "Amid prosperity, D.C.'s independent retailers struggle to survive," on the seeming...

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