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My favorite math joke? Do you know how you make a difference? Subtraction.

We live in an era of abundance thinking. And with that mentality comes a particular problem-solving swagger. We add more. We do more.

Could you imagine if someone walked into a planning meeting and said, “Hey Everyone…


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Market Your Urban Ideas

Planning happens in a series of meetings. How you approach these meetings can make or break your idea. To be persuasive you need to think about how to market your ideas.

One of my favorite ways is with “rhyming pitches.” If you have a catchphrase that rhymes or has that…


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I’ve been reading more than writing lately. Here is my second edition of 40 patterns of development. You can find the 1st edition here.

  1. Suburbanites walk perpendicular. Urbanites walk parallel.
  2. An enclosed block strategy is better than a tower strategy.
  3. It’s hard to convince people that mixed uses, varied income…


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Montreal Case Study

With the addition of duplexes and triplexs as infill development, moving parking off the street front, and converting it…


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Old School

I was talking to an architect the other day, and he and I were talking about the patterns of…


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I stumbled across this pdf called, “Our Cities Ourselves — The Future Of Transportation In Urban Life.” It’s a 23-page document. There’s a couple of gems here. Specifically their 8 principles for how we can remake our cities livability.

Develop Neighborhoods That Promote Walking

Shorten street crossings

Crossing five-lane highways are daunting. We’ve all done it, and we…


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Everyone has hurdles they need to jump. Daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. We have projects and goals that we’d like to accomplish. We need to accomplish.

Before you even get to the meeting, you need to validate your thinking. As you’re developing an idea or project, recognize that the work…


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Don’t have time to read? Check out the podcast where I discuss the best of what I learned about urban planning, architecture, and real estate development, in less than 10 minutes.

Tiny Forests Solve Big Problem?

An article in Nat Geo, “Why ‘tiny forests’ are popping up in big cities” by Elizabeth Hewitt discusses how…


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The value of your company used to be a factor of your price minus the cost to produce. If you make a big margin, then you’re probably more profitable and you’ve created a valuable business.

That’s not true anymore. …


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When we’re planning or evaluating a neighborhood, what makes it “good?” Good of course is subjective and usually measured with qualitative data. Trees! Fewer cars? People! Space? White picket fences! Sidewalks?

What if we wanted to try to get just a little more quantitative?

I’ve got 3 formulas I like…

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