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A Tribute to Small Town Urban Planning

Working for a small town doesn't just teach you how to plan a community; it teaches you how to be a part of it.
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See-Saws, Circles, and Narrative Fallacies

A minor word of caution on statistical inference and the stories it can tell
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The Shared Dynamics of Obamacare and Public Transit

Seems like an absurd pairing, right? Perhaps so but please hear me out.
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Those Who Inspired Me Most In 2013

A look back at the special people who inspired me (and perhaps you, too) the most in 2013.
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What Planning Will Do

With our limits defined, the remainder of what planning is quite powerful. And barely explored.
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What Planning Won’t Do

To realize what the act of planning is capable of, it helps to consider what is out of reach.
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The Google Barge and the Future of Mobile Retail

The Google Barge is fascinating not for what it is but what it could herald: a future where our retail stores come to us rather than us to them.
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A Problem Statement about Problem Statements

Do you really want to solve the Big Problem in your city? If so, maybe the best way is to stop thinking about it.
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How to Make a Resilient City (budget)

Building intensity can do just about everything: make a city budget more resilient, conserve land, and encourage infill. And possibly make your morning omelet.
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Smart growth and city budgets: what matters most?

Where you build is important. But when it comes to city budgets, how much you build matters more.

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