Images of the Great City of Christ

Images of the Great City of Christ

Constantinople is by far one of the most storied cities on God’s good Earth.  In some respects, it is God’s Great City, greater even than Jerusalem to many Orthodox Christians. The history involved with Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) is as complex as it is beautiful.  I won’t get into all of it today (it’s impossible) […]

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Retail Apocalypse or Evolution?  Finding Retail 2.0

Retail Apocalypse or Evolution? Finding Retail 2.0

In a recent article at Business Insider (BI) the idea of a looming meltdown in the retail economy was discussed.  It talked about the possibility that this meltdown could be/ would be akin to the residential meltdown that happened in 2008.  Similar to how mortgage backed securities turned out to be one of the main culprits that […]

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10 Year Work Anniversary

April 9 marked 10 years working at my current job. I like to think I’ve accomplished a lot in that time. I’ve done over 275 projects (at last count, last summer) and just about a boat load of designing about anything you can think of for a town (really blessed for that opportunity). But there’s […]

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The New Suburbanization

The New Suburbanization

It’s been a few weeks since my last urban planning post wherein I talked about the future of cities. So today I want to talk about the future of suburbs. Specifically I want to talk about the trend of urbanizing suburbs and what that will mean for the future of suburbia.   The Future of […]

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ATH: A Great City for a Family Trip

When our son was 9 months old, my wife and I traveled to Athens, Greece. The idea of a transatlantic flight and a three week stay in a foreign country with an 8 month old was daunting. But we embraced the challenge and after an 8 hour flight to Zurich, 2 hours layover and a […]

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A Dream is a Wish for Great Places

A Dream is a Wish for Great Places

Architecture is the most noticeable and descriptive thing about cities.  Our first impressions of the places we visit are usually based on the architecture and its location in a space.  This is how we judge a place worthy of our attention or not. In the past few weeks I have been retweeting many different famous places […]

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#Bleisure Trip to Florida Part I: Orlando

#Bleisure Trip to Florida Part I: Orlando

I just got back from a trip to Orlando, Florida and can I say it was a good time?  Yes, the part I spent with my family was an excellent time.  The part I spent exploring as a city planner/ traveler, no not at all.   I was in town because of the HIMSS 17 Conference that […]

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