Posts Tagged ‘ Urban Form ’

Quote of the Day

November 3, 2016
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"You can measure the health of a town by the vitality and energy of its streets and public open space." - William H. Whyte

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Doris Day Parking & The High Cost of Free Parking

October 12, 2016
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What is Doris Day Parking?  You'll have to watch the first few minutes of this video to find out! Transportation & Parking from Julie Campoli on Vimeo.Parking Rock Star (&UCLA economist) Donald Shoup on the High Cost of Free Parking

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Give Back Grace & Delight

October 4, 2016
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“The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually (and economically) its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can thus give back grace and delight...

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Give Back Grace & Delight

October 4, 2016
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“The more successfully a city mingles everyday diversity of uses and users in its everyday streets, the more successfully, casually (and economically) its people thereby enliven and support well-located parks that can thus give back grace and delight...

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Land Use Tax Implications Post 2

September 29, 2016
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This is a follow up to the last post.  This videos a bit longer and provides more detail - gotta love the power of maps:

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Land Use – Implications for Taxpayers

September 29, 2016
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"What we consistently find is that municipalities and their counties perform better when they invest their dollars in walkable mixed-use development patterns instead of other forms of development like sprawl." - Joe MInicozziPlanning 101This video conv...

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The Economic Value of Walkability: New Evidence

September 2, 2016
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The Economic Value of Walkability: New Evidence

The real estate industry widely uses Walk Score as a measure of a community's walkability.  Many people want the health, social, and environmental benefits of living in communities in which common tasks can be easily accomplished without...

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Nature & Green Space are not Synonymous

June 8, 2016
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"Nature" and "green space" are not synonymous."Green space" can better be understood as nature band-aids, such as berms, pointless setbacks, and ornamental shrubbery ensembles meant to shield or "soften" hopelessly bad urban design. You know you've enc...

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Agriculture is the New Golf

May 18, 2016
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Agriculture is the New Golf

Agriculture is the New Golf: Rethinking Suburban Communitiesby Allison ArieffThere is new movement to plan suburban communities around farms instead of golf courses. Can it catch on?It has often been observed that suburbia is a place where th...

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Economic Benefits of Parks, Trails & Open Space

January 7, 2016
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Economic Benefits of Parks, Trails & Open Space

ECONOMIC BENEFITS of TRAILSHosted by AmericanTrails.orgNot only do open spaces, recreation areas, and walkable neighborhoods strongly influence how active people are, they provide fiscal benefits to municipal governments as well as nearby resident...

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Creating Healthy Human Habitats

November 20, 2015
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Here's a brilliant video on creating healthy human habitats:Insights on how to create built environments where humans can thrive.  

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Open Space – the left over bits or more?

October 30, 2015
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Open Space – the left over bits or more?

Is Open Space perceived as just the left over undevelopable wetlands, steep slopes and floodplains, or can it play a more central role?  Photo of Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia courtesy of UrbanGrammer"In the US, the maybe most famous ...

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The Urban Planning of Burning Man

August 27, 2015
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The Urban Planning of Burning Man

Burning Man "needed urban design because it's a city" says founder Larry Harvey.  This fascinating article, and beautiful slide show, courtesy of dezeen magazine details how relative order evolved from anarchy at the Burning Man Festival. Aro...

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Kudos to Briar Chapel’s Boulder Park

March 17, 2015
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Kudos to Briar Chapel’s Boulder Park

Kudos to Briar Chapel for their beautiful Boulder Park.  This simlpe plaza is a true community center.  This modest park will play a huge role in fostering community within this development, it will doubtless increase the value of nearby home...

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Pittsboro Parks Blog 2015-02-06 11:11:00

February 6, 2015
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A follow up the Best Bike Infrastructure post of a few days ago:

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The Best in Bike Infrastructure

February 2, 2015
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The Best in Bike Infrastructure

For the bike and transportation nerds - you know you're out there - a few impressive photo galleries from the Guardian:Bike infrastructure eye candy: The best cycling infrastructure in cities around the world Architectural bike eye candy: Architec...

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What is a livable community, anyway?

January 8, 2015
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What is a livable community, anyway?

A great article from Better Cities & Towns follows.  It asks the important question that I've had for years, namely, "where is my jet-pack?" Parks, an intelligent approach to economic development, and conscious urban planning are all aime...

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Sprawl Linked to Bicycle Fatalities?

November 17, 2014
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Sprawl Linked to Bicycle Fatalities?

There was another bicycle fatality in Durham today, due to an automobile collision, the thirdin the last six weeks. Raleigh Durham ranks number three (3) of the highest sprawl metro areas in the nation, just behind the Triad (Greensboro-Winston-Salem-H...

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The death of the suburban corporate campus

October 23, 2014
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The death of the suburban corporate campus

Parks Blog readers know that parks and recreational opportunities play a vital role in enhancing quality of life. Many highly educated millennials are rightly making quality of life a primary focus. This is evidenced by the fact that many are choosing ...

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The Bikeways of Bogata

October 1, 2014
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A great video about Bogata's ambitious ~ 350 kilometer bikeway system.  Riding Bogota's Bountiful Protected Bikeways from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.Enrique Penalosa, the visionary who implemented this effort in his capacity of former Mayor of Bogata,...

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