Making normal neighborhoods legal again

I've spent over two-thirds of my life so far living in anarchic environments where the rule of law did not prevail. It's a wonder I survived at all. You see, when I was born, my parents lived in a duplex, in a … [Read more...]

ENVISION ESSENTIALS Session III: Environmental Issues in Frederick County

Please take a few moments to read about this new program. It might be just what you were looking for, even if you didn't know it. Join us this Saturday for Session III: … [Read more...]

A Duplex, a Triplex and a Fourplex can cut a block’s carbon impact 29%

The carbon savings from 'middle housing' are voluntary, self-financing and immense. So why are they illegal? To understand why housing policy is climate policy, consider two city blocks with 18 … [Read more...]

ENVISION ESSENTIALS Session I Recap: Smart Growth: Land Use and Planning

Please take a few moments to read about this new program. Three out of the four 2019 sessions are still to come (with Session II this Saturday, June 15th). It might be just what you were looking for, even if you … [Read more...]

We Used to Do This Everywhere

I just got back from a few days in New Orleans, where I stayed—as most tourists to that city do—in the French Quarter. The name is actually a misnomer from the particular perspective of an urban planner: most of the … [Read more...]

Envision your Future

Dorothea attended Session I of Envision Essentials, and wrote the following blog entry on her Tiny Planet site. We are happy to share it here, as well. You can read more about the details of the first … [Read more...]

Why cities are the world’s best hope for climate action

Cities offer breakthrough potential for immediate and effective action on the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and a hotter world, according to a new book, The Urban Fix. The Urban Fix is the … [Read more...]

ENVISION ESSENTIALS begins on Saturday, May 18th! Sign up!

Please take a few moments to read about this new program. It might be just what you were looking for, even if you didn't know it. (click the image to open a larger version) We are very excited … [Read more...]