Author Archives: Nat Zorach

About Nat Zorach

Nat M. Zorach, AICP is a city planner, community development professional, and MBA candidate at American University's Kogod School of Business, based in Detroit.

Detroit Park City No. 6 – Eastern Parket District

Market districts are kind of a fun thing. The idea is that instead of having a single building dedicated to a market, you have an entire neighborhood. In a single building, one runs the risk of losing what I’ll call … Continue reading

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Alleys: The Back Road To Sustainable Development

Take a stroll down an alley in Detroit and it’s apparent that these spaces are among the city’s most neglected. Even though my block, for example, only has four or five vacant housing units– a low percentage in a city … Continue reading

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RTA: Intercity Bus Service between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Coming To A Southeast Michigan Near You

Often discussed in conversations about regional transit expansion in Southeast Michigan is the idea of a high-speed rail connection between Ann Arbor and Detroit. At face value, it seems like a slam dunk: Ann Arbor has over 120,000 residents and … Continue reading

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Only In New York: Capital Mistakes in Density

In the past ten years, even the most idealistic planner has become inured to the rampant densification of already jam-packed areas in cities like New York. It’s been the trend du jour– nay, du d├ęcennie, even- to knock down even … Continue reading

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AI Fail

AI’s a funny thing. I was shopping for some stock images, and I happened upon an illustration of cutaway a window frame. Double-glazed, no less! “You might also enjoy,” the site said, and showed me a picture of… a plate … Continue reading

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What About Rochester: Toward More Geographical Diversity in a New Year

One of the missions for Handbuilt is to get people to think outside the box. I got into this “career” field accidentally because I was curious about why things were done a certain way– badly, in my opinion- and it … Continue reading

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Day 1: Happy 2020!

I hope everyone had a grand old New Year’s Eve. I did, and I hope you, like me, are looking forward to getting this darn ballot measure passed to bring prosperity to our people– one day in the distant future. … Continue reading

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2019 in review: books

Wrapping up this year, I figured I’d make a list of all of the books I read in both fiction and nonfiction. I try to periodically take a break from reading about things like parking lots to read books about, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from the Handbuilt City!

Merry Christmas! Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, cozy holiday. It is honestly unclear to me how Santa Claus is able to make it down the chimney when so many traditional fireplaces and draft vented combustion appliances have been replaced with … Continue reading

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Burgerbanism: The Twelve Dishes Of Detroit Christmas

At the risk of seeming like all I do is think about parking lots and protected bike lanes (which, admittedly, is a large portion of what I think about), I wanted to deviate from this in the spirit of the … Continue reading

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