We spent the 2022 Thanksgiving week in Barcelona. In general, it exceeded expectations with all of the interesting aspects of any large European city, excellent walkability, good transportation options, great cultural amenities, interesting architecture, and oh the food! Because of my interest in urbanism, it’s always fun to experience a new city with that lens, especially one that has been written about extensively in urbanism circles. But, of all of the possible facets of city planning to observe, the one that really jumped out for me was the extreme mixture of uses and how it manifests in the city.… Read More Mixed Up In Barcelona
The Westfield Annapolis Mall is for sale (again). This should come as no surprise given the changes in the retail scene over the last 20 years, the 2007 economic crisis and the latest effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The big question is “Now What”?… Read More The Annapolis Mall Is For Sale (Again)… Now What?
Annapolis is going to decide on Monday whether to enter into a Public Private Partnership (P3) to rebuild the Hillman Parking Garage downtown and do the City Dock Project. I submitted my thoughts on the subject as written testimony to the City Council.… Read More Hillman Garage and City Dock P3
A recent project that came before the Annapolis Planning Commission was made very challenging by the planning dogma that arose in the mass suburbanization era of the last half of the 20th century. The choices made 40-50 years ago to the development pattern in Annapolis that seemed like the next great thing at the time required us to choose the least bad option. What can we learn from that?… Read More Dealing With The Planning Dogma Of The Past
The land use and mobility goals of the Parole Town Center Master Plan are incoherent and there needs to be real change if we want the area to be more than an inside out mall that you have to drive to.… Read More Can Parole Ever Be Anything But An Inside Out Mall?
Short term rentals have been professionalized far beyond their original intent with deleterious effects.… Read More Housing, Not Lodging
In June, I had a free ranging discussion with Scott MacMullan about development, Strong Towns, and biking and the incentives that drive them on his ‘Annapolis Podcast’. I really enjoy these kinds of conversations.… Read More Alex Pline on Pricey Luxury Condos, Parking Lots, and Cycling in Annapolis
This Objet d’art is depicting exactly what is wrong with this development pattern and the sprawl purveyor doesn’t even know it.… Read More Oh, The Irony…
My personal options about ADUs in Annapolis as submitted in public testimony to the City Council.… Read More Accessory Dwelling Units In Annapolis
The Strong Towns Annapolis group was pleased to host a stop on the Strong America Tour on October 10, 2019. We are a small but passionate group of Strong Towns acolytes that are sharing the message in Annapolis, Maryland. While every place is different, I hope sharing the journey we have been on will help inspire others to embark on their own journey to making their place a strong town. … Read More The Journey to Strong Towns Annapolis