Howard Blackson's Blog

Over 40 years one truth has been drummed into our downtown urban design consciousness: “Just...
Jun 24 2015 4:40pm Howard Blackson
Stop talking about density and start talking about place.
Feb 19 2015 10:48am Howard Blackson
Want to get some sleep tonight? How about snuggling up with your local Development Code? Read any...
Jul 29 2013 10:05am Howard Blackson
In honor of Jane Jacobs's birthday May 4, we offer a recent blog that argues planners should learn...
May 4 2013 8:44am Howard Blackson
One of a handful of traffic engineers that I have met whose streets are prioritized by place rather...
May 2 2013 8:43am Howard Blackson
This is not the planning profession John Nolen built. A century later, our great recession has...
Apr 10 2013 9:15am Howard Blackson
While mixed use has been embraced by citizens, politicians, and planners, it has held different...
Apr 8 2013 8:08am Howard Blackson
In simple terms, a plan is an adopted statement of policy, in the form of text, maps, and/or...
Mar 4 2013 11:53am Howard Blackson
Short-term politicians are looking to long-term infrastructure investments for short-term...
Feb 21 2013 10:43am Howard Blackson
A progressive democrat in a historically republican town, our Mayor has a clear mandate to...
Feb 6 2013 10:27am Howard Blackson
Being a pedestrian, or one of our ever increasing army of bicyclists, is a proven step towards...
Jan 28 2013 9:44am Howard Blackson
Homelessness is an everyday issue that gets additional attention during the holidays. A recent HUD...
Dec 20 2012 10:25am Howard Blackson
Redevelopment is an implementation tool, just like zoning, specific plans and Form-Based Codes. It...
Dec 13 2012 12:33pm Howard Blackson
Quirks and pitfalls can occur when a solution for one city is transplanted somewhere else.
Dec 3 2012 11:08am Howard Blackson
My city’s downtown is built on decades of layers. Planning trends layered upon planning trends.
Nov 12 2012 11:18am Howard Blackson
The latest design trend focuses on how lots change — how they’re built upon and reconfigured over...
Oct 22 2012 8:55am Howard Blackson
Our little Parklet on Friday was a temporary, simple place and, while it appeared to be...
Sep 24 2012 9:08am Howard Blackson
As we increasingly urbanize, relearning the craft of creating human-scaled places, I often — too...
Sep 20 2012 9:40am Howard Blackson
The health of a neighborhood — whether downtown, midtown or out-of-town — is defined by five...
Aug 30 2012 10:16am Howard Blackson
Many of our conflicts between neighbors are due to a simple confusion between how new and...
Aug 16 2012 11:41am Howard Blackson
The mixing of uses is a catalyst to building complete, compact, complex, and convivial...
Jul 5 2012 11:16am Howard Blackson
Building towards cultural and social value always equates to economic value, while the converse is...
Jun 25 2012 9:46am Howard Blackson
Chuck compared our current pattern of development to a bonafide Ponzi scheme — California needs an...
Apr 23 2012 7:53am Howard Blackson
The critique surrounding this project is indicative of the declining status of contemporary ‘...
4 Mar 29 2012 12:25pm Howard Blackson
What's the right amount of public space?  PlaceShaker Howard Blackson presents a few metrics...
Mar 15 2012 1:12pm Howard Blackson
Syndicate content