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A Wall, No Matter How Pretty, Is Still…a Wall

March 11, 2014

During the summer of 2013, my husband and I took a very uncharacteristic vacation to a spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. I say “uncharacteristic” because a spa in the desert at the height of summer would not normally be at the top of our list of vacation destinations. But, long story short, we were quite happy […]

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I Bet You Can’t Guess What this Is!

June 4, 2013

From the annals of Did an intern design this building? Can you tell what it is? I was speaking at a Society for College and University Planning conference in Denver this spring, and walking back from my talk, a few blocks from my hotel, I stood on this corner and looked at this building and […]

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It’s Official, I’m a Parking Groupie!

May 9, 2013

Yes, this is my autographed copy of the High Cost of Free Parking! I had the pleasure of serving on a panel with one of my professional crushes, Donald Shoup, at Railvolution in LA late last year. Oh yes, it gets better. He actually sat next to me, too! I brought my book to the […]

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Portlandia: Milquetoast Bureau of Planning Edition

September 10, 2012

Since the 1990s, Portland has not had parking minimums in much of the city, from the downtown core to more traditional neighborhoods with single family housing. Portland has been very proud of their no parking minimum. Portland has trumpeted this zoning policy as a shining example of why Portland is the City That Works! The […]

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When Improving Places, It Always Comes Down to People

August 23, 2012

What is one of the first things I consider when I’m working in a mixed-use district, whether I’m helping private sector developers strategize acquisitions, or diagnosing and suggesting improvements to an economically underperforming city? RELATIONSHIPS! In fact, I can often tell a lot about the connections between stakeholders in a small downtown or mixed-use district […]

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