Jun 09, 2008

Beyond waterless toilets and LEED Gold

Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy that LEED exists. It is an excellent first shot at trying to make buildings and neighborhoods more environmentally responsible. But to say that LEED is necessary but not sufficient for sustainable development is no different than saying dentistry is ...

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May 09, 2008

Penn and a Big Deal for me

I’ve written before that I have the best job in America (April 30, 2008). But the best 14 days of the best job in America are the Tuesdays in the spring when I catch a 6:30 train from Washington to Philadelphia to teach my class ...

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May 09, 2008

Clients Getting their Money’s Worth

I’m not cheap. And I only have a daily rate (you can’t buy an hour or a half day or a speech…you can only buy a day). But none of my clients — nearly all public sector or non-profit sector entities — have an excess ...

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May 09, 2008

Lessons from Hinesville 2 — Doing it right

About Us Services Rightsizing Incentives Resources In the News Blog HOME / DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION / LESSONS FROM HINESVILLE 2 — DOING IT RIGHT Lessons from Hinesville 2 — Doing it right This week I was in Hinesville, Georgia for a one-day technical assistance visit at ...

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May 09, 2008

Lessons from Hinesville 1 — Army towns

Last week I was in three cities — Phoenix, Seattle, and Portland — that have people who “get it”. But that’s not just true of big cities. There are — all over America — people in smaller places who also understand good urbanism (even if ...

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May 09, 2008

Three Places that have People who Get It — Portland

The City of Portland gets it. What a great — and a steadily getting better — American city. I remember being at a conference some years ago in Portland. A friend of mine, Les Hall from Oklahoma, brought his wife along to the conference since ...

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May 09, 2008

Three Places that have People who Get It — Seattle

My host in Seattle was Historic Seattle, Inc. This is an unusual organization, in that it is in part a membership based non-profit organization (like most preservation groups). But it is also part public development authority of the City of Seattle. This second role has allowed ...

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May 09, 2008

Unintended Consequences of the Push for Density

I’ve always loved Seattle, particularly the grittiness of it. Although the grittiness seems to be disappearing apace. But Seattle has always been at the forefront of trying to address difficult urban issues. They don’t always get it right, but unlike many cities, they don’t shy ...

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May 08, 2008

Three Places that have People who Get It — Phoenix

This week I was fortunate to be hosted by three great preservation groups in three western cities — Phoenix, Seattle and Portland. The Phoenix group that organized a luncheon was theCapitol Mall Association. This is an aggressive community development corporation that not only has historic ...

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May 08, 2008

LEED and Lunacy in Lexington

You all know about LEED, the acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the checklist process where so-called “green architects” and their allies in the building materials, construction and real estate fields can go about getting certified. It’s the equivalent of getting those gold ...

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