Category Archive: General Planning & Design

On Location: San Antonio’s Pearl Brewery District

On a recent trip to San Antonio, we explored the new Pearl Brewery District. Although no actual beer is produced in this location anymore, as a planner, I found so many reasons to… Continue reading

Bright Idea: Reinventing “La Rambla”

What urban street design technique can provide benefits in terms of traffic calming, economic development, stormwater management, parking, heat island effect, and aesthetics? The answer: “Ramblas.” Challenged with retrofitting a wide boulevard in… Continue reading

On Location: Houston’s Alabama Theater

The Alabama Theater opened in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston in November of 1939. It was designed in the Art Deco – Streamline Moderne style and could seat more than 700 people. The… Continue reading

Disaster Movie Week

This weekend Earthquake happened to be on TV again so I decided to pull this blog out of the archives to share with you. Originally published on The RAPPS Blog on July 7, 2011 Retroplex is… Continue reading

Philadelphia Gets Some Much Deserved Attention from the APA

Philadelphia has been getting some much deserved attention in the planning world the last few weeks both in terms of planning process and planning places. The American Planning Association (APA) released their list… Continue reading

San Francisco: Policy on the Forefront

I recently stumbled upon San Francisco’s collection of progressive policies and city resolutions committing this City of over 800,000 people to a unique collection of strong environmental and social policies placing San Francisco… Continue reading

On Location: Alexandria’s Own Park in the Sky

On a trip to Washington, D.C. this summer I stayed across the river in Alexandria. When driving into Alexandria my eye was drawn to vegetation draping over what appeared to be a normal… Continue reading

ReSpace: Designing with Salvaged Materials

You may have heard of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores that sell salvaged building materials and fixtures. Some stores even offer deconstruction programs with the ability to disassemble entire houses and save as much… Continue reading