Category Archives: Urban Planning

Open Streets Detroit: Fun In The Sun, And An Alright Start

On Sunday I attended Open Streets Detroit, possibly the Motor City’s first-ever effort at creating a contained version of an albeit completely Motorless City, in this case along a route that went from Campus Martius downtown, west along Michigan Avenue, … Continue reading

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The ADU as Community Development Tool?

While managing the Detroit Land Bank housing development programs at Southwest, I’ve come across a number of scenarios in which a single-family home might almost– but doesn’t quite- fit the bill of the desired housing arrangement for the purchaser. They want … Continue reading

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Die Handgemachte Stadt Tours Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in Germany

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to attend the Ecologic Institute’s Post-Carbon Cities of Tomorrow (POCACITO) program this June in Germany to tour the country’s model projects for sustainability, energy, and urban innovation. We will be … Continue reading

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High-Speed Rail– Maybe For The Next Generation

Growing up on the east coast, I was initially bemused upon hearing the frequent grumbling by Midwesterners about Amtrak when I arrived in Iowa in 2008. I learned fairly quickly that the Northeast Regional, the Pennsylvanian, and the Keystone Service are … Continue reading

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That Dude Who Voted No On My Zoning Proposal Is Now In Jail And Schadenfreude Is Real

In a scenario worthy of the Duma or a small, post-colonial African republic, newly reëlected East Chicago city councilman Robert Battle, who once shot down a zoning proposal I had to create six market rate rentals in a disinvested block … Continue reading

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Making Michigan Transit Work: Coming Soon, or a Pipe Dream?

Detroit has a reputation of being pretty weak on public transit, and it’s not undeserved. Southeast Michigan in general is, predictably, heavily dependent upon automobiles, with fixtures like the peculiar Michigan Left dominating inexplicably expansive thoroughfares that traverse sparsely populated … Continue reading

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Highlighting Detroit’s Sustainable Community Development Projects

  “We often hear about how it’s great to get like-minded people together in the same place,” one USGBC-DRC member said in a lunch conversation, “when, in reality, preaching to the choir is about the last thing we need for … Continue reading

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So Long, State Line

Today we salute the State Line Generating Plant, in Hammond, Indiana, whose ongoing demolition removes a major landmark from the Lake Michigan shoreline. No more shall its stately Art Deco façade greet drivers along Interstate 90 as they pass through … Continue reading

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Greenbuild to Canfield Green: The Missing Link of Social Equity in Sustainability

In a few short hours, I am going to be attending a holiday party, a joint event put on by the Chicago-based Illinois chapter of the US Green Building Council and the Passive House Alliance Chicago. There will be food, … Continue reading

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Sustainable Summer in the City

  This week I’m attending the 2014 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, an annual, two-week intensive seminar on sustainability hosted at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The program’s packed schedule includes trips to Argonne National Lab, with whom … Continue reading

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