Suburban Starbucks models are bumming urbanists out. But they also served as a nice allegory of what the future there might hold. Scott Doyon's latest blog post explains.
Oct 6, 2014 PlaceShakers
A timeless marker of community has emerged as a source of conflict: the lemonade stand is being called an "illegal business." Scott Doyon discusses how getting to know — and support! — your neighbor can be an issue of survival.
Sep 8, 2014 PlaceShakers
Inherently unlovable buildings—no matter how energy efficient—lacks the stuff of longevity. How can your EcoDistrict design for lovable buildings? It may not include tearing down the historic stock.
Aug 11, 2014 PlaceShakers
A small town in Kansas exposed itself to ridicule not so long ago with their crack-down on a Little Free Library. Their problem goes a good bit deeper than clunky enforcement.
Jul 14, 2014 PlaceShakers
Is there nowhere in your town to teach a kid to drive? Congratulations. You may be on to something.
May 21, 2014 PlaceShakers
In the celebratory spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Scott Doyon invites you to let your freak flag fly.
May 6, 2014 PlaceShakers
Kaid Benfield has a new book out, which Scott Doyon found positively uplifting. In ways beyond what you might be thinking.
Apr 2, 2014 PlaceShakers
As cities become increasingly desirable, gentrification becomes increasingly prevalent. The best places moving forward will be those willing to commit the best of themselves in working together.
Feb 25, 2014 PlaceShakers
Connected communities aren't just about fun and frolic. When the goin' gets rough, they can make the difference between life and death.
Feb 2, 2014 PlaceShakers
Scott Doyon reviews the book "13 Ways to Kill Your Community", by Alberta Legislative Assembly member Doug Griffiths and journalist Kelly Clemmer. In it, the authors reveal some of the "curiously recurring behaviors" that harm cities of all sizes.
Dec 4, 2013 PlaceShakers