Success Requires Agility

We have all learned a lot these past few weeks. New terms, new phrases and for some, new ways to adapt to the rapidly changing world.

COVID-19 has wrecked havoc across most communities across the country – across the world. While it is increasingly important to heed the warnings, wash your hands, remain 6-feet apart, etc., etc., we also need to learn to adapt and do so in a nimble manner.

The devastation to local businesses, in particular third places (see A Third Place in Colorado Springs) such as coffee shops and bars has been great. The product isn’t necessarily what is consumed or purchased, it is the  conversations and connections that are made. That is not a product easily sold six-feet apart.

Good Neighbors Market, adapted to include a market component. Yes, you can still buy a coffee (or shake like I just did) while visiting.

To that end, I’m incredibly proud of my friend, Russ Ware, the owner of Good Neighbors, a beloved third place for coffee, drinks and delicious assorted food.

Note that somewhat coincidentally, Good Neighbors Meeting House was referenced in the aforementioned article about Third Places, though it was under prior ownership and called “Dogtooth Coffee.

Russ and Good Neighbors took the cards dealt, understood the duration of time that this could be before it is all sorted out, AND knew what was really needed. In a matter of days, Good Neighbors became a place to serve their neighbors with local food and goods. The infrastructure was effectively in place to become a local market, and at a scale that works for the neighborhood.

Bravo Good Neighbors! I hope that their lessons in adaptability can be repeated not only in Colorado, but across the country. If you’re aware of others adapting to the current Corona Virus realities, let me know. I would love to hear from you and spread some good news!

Roll up your sleeves and make some lemonade, friends!

Introducing the Civic Design Partnership!

CDP FoundersI swear that I have the best timing for my career ventures. All sarcasm aside, I have been meaning to make an announcement for the past three weeks and it just has not yet happened. The past few months have been filled with great new clients and building upon the Urbanist and Sustainability Principles that I have preached in the Pikes Peak Region for past 15 years. From affordable housing, to tactical urbanism all the way to writing a 130+ page Form-based Code for a new town, it’s shaping up to the life I want to live.

If that wasn’t enough, I have taken my nimble, flexible and efficient company of one and merged with two fellow individuals (and their companies) in the landscape architecture and planning business to add capacity. Together, we are stronger!

Former ALC colleagues, Ryan Bowman, and his company Bowman Studios LLC alongside with Jeff Webb and his company Populus Planning & Design LLC have joined Urban Landscapes LLC to create the Civic Design Partnership (CDP). [CivicDesignPartnership.com]

We specialize in community planning, public engagement and design informed by a Strong Towns Approach. We pride ourselves on working with our clients to create a dynamic and innovative public process – often resulting in an enhanced community and Government relationship.

Studio Founders of CDP have more than thirty years of combined planning and design experience on projects in Colorado and across the United States. From community—led planning projects in small mountain town communities to the creation of new town standards and guidelines for developing neighborhoods, we are the complementary team for you.

Our wealth of experience stradles the Public and Private Sectors through numerous rezoning successes in several jurisdictions and a plethora of development projects. Our Team has the perspective and experience to effectively advance projects from vision to implementation. We bring a passion, dedication and knowledge that will make your project a success.

Of course, we’re in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which I certainly believe that we should all take very seriously, so I won’t be offering to buy you lunch or a beer to discuss anytime too soon. However, this too, shall pass and I look forward to future in-person conversations.

Please remember that when you’re looking for a skilled team to help you with your urban planning, parks and trail design along with your general landscape architecture needs, give us a call to discuss the potential of working together.

In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands, be kind and continue to be awesome!

Bread & Butter Inches Closer to Opening

It has been a pleasure to work with Stacey Poore and Aubrey Day in developing imagery for Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market, opening this summer in Downtown Colorado Springs!

The Colorado Springs Gazette recently published an article on the upcoming market, as you may can read here: https://gazette.com/business/colorado-springs-downtown-neighborhood-market-inches-closer-to-opening/article_2aad707a-5b41-11ea-9c45-37ff43c10920.html

Although the rendering element is now complete, I am working with Bread & Butter to further develop their parklet plans along Moreno Avenue with the assistance of Brian Elyo. Brian was the first to suggest the parklet for Moreno and the team all agreed that it was a great fit!

Stay tuned to the Colorado Springs Urban Intervention Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/BetterBlockPikesPeak/) as there will be opportunities to join in on the fun and help build the parklet at Bread & Butter!

The following is the text from the Gazette, written by Teresa Farley:

With a $30,000 grant from the Downtown Development Authority, the Bread & Butter Neighborhood Market is a step closer to opening.

The market, which will sell food and spirits, will cater to those who live, work and play within a 5- to 7-mile radius of the building at 602 S. Nevada Ave. — giving an underserved area access to groceries. It will offer Colorado-grown produce, meats and cheeses, frozen dishes, prepared foods, local sundries, pantry staples and freshly brewed coffee as well as wine, beer and liquors.

Store owners Aubrey Day and Stacy Poore say the grant money will help buy a colorful mural on an outside wall of the building along with bright-yellow paint on the other walls.

“We were thrilled to have received that grant,” Poore said. “The building owners, Gary Feffer and Joan Mullens, are also very engaged in and supportive of the work we are doing.”

John Olson, of Urban Landscapes, has created renderings for the property. The front of the store will include raised planting beds to create a park-like setting, with seating for outside dining.

“We are working with artists Lori DiPasquale, Kerry Kice and Steve Wood to create a mural, and signage and design some special exterior elements,” Poore said. “The parking lot will be reconfigured to allow for a nice amount of free and convenient parking for the store, which we know is important to our customers.”

A chef who will prepare foods offered from what Day referred to as the “Dash-In & Nosh-Out” area.

“There will be salads and sandwiches for customers to pick up for a quick lunch,” she said. “And some other dishes that could be quickly heated at home for dinner.”

Work is set to begin in mid-March, with a goal of opening Memorial Day weekend or early June. Visit breadandbuttermarket.com or  facebook.com/pg/breadbuttercos to track the market’s progress.