A Downtown Stadium: Keys to Success

The question for cities is often: What is the silver bullet for the revitalization of a Downtown? There are always answers, but often, they are misguided and wrong. There is not one single universal answer. As a matter of fact, the idea of a silver bullet is pure blasphemy. However, the dialogue has started inContinue reading “A Downtown Stadium: Keys to Success”

Classifying Suburbia

The question came up over the weekend regarding retrofitting suburbia, due to the anticipated arrival of speaker, author and urbanist, Ellen Dunham Jones. My friend and colleague asked where in Colorado Springs would be the places that Ellen describes in her TED Talk. It was a question that really deserved more than a short response, so I offered this impromptu classification of ‘suburbia’:
Future Suburbia: Areas on the periphery of cities which market themselves as “outside the city”. These would include…

Retrofitting at the Scale of the Block

Retrofitting Suburbia is an interesting discussion that has been widely discussed in the architecture and planning groups for the past decade. This has been the era that we have been able to see, too often, the failures of our development patterns since World War II. Products of the discussion include a few very good mall and strip mall retrofits, most notably and locally, Belmar in the suburb of Denver.