Equity and Inclusion: A Renewed Commitment

March 8, 2018 Uncategorized

As an individual and as owner of my firm, I have a renewed commitment to equity and inclusion. The words that follow are an attempt to explain why and what that means. I’ve always considered myself a “good” person trying…

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Muse is Hiring!

February 2, 2018 Uncategorized

  Muse Community + Design is hiring a Community Planner to support the overall implementation of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s traffic safety and education program, with a strong emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Community Planner will be…

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Is Your Zoning Ordinance Gluten-Free?

June 29, 2017 Uncategorized

Health, as a trend, is a growing business. While communities may not need be concerned whether their plans and ordinances are gluten-free (or trendy!), it is wise to understand the shifting landscape of health, it’s relationship to the built environment…

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What Planners Can Learn From Improv

November 30, 2016 Uncategorized

In her 2011 book, Bossypants, Tina Fey devotes several pages to the Rules of Improvisation. As I read them, I couldn’t help but see the many ways that the practice of planning is like one giant improv scene. Whether it’s…

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Busman’s Holiday

August 19, 2016 Uncategorized

It’s an occupational hazard for planners— when we travel, we can’t help but analyze the places we visit from a planning perspective. My family and I recently went on our annual summer vacation near Holland, Michigan (my kids are the…

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Eight “need to know” terms to brush up on your plannerese

August 28, 2015 Uncategorized

  Share economy What it is: A new form of trade, enabled by innovations in technology and data, where owners can share their assets (car, spare room, power tools, etc.) with a customer who desires to rent or borrow it.…

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You know you’re a planner if…

August 6, 2015 Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_1401" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Photo credit: http://vmturbo.com/blog/survey-finds-45-of-it-professionals-are-interested-in-deploying-openstack/[/caption] Legos are not toys and you aren’t messing around with your Lego cities. There will be plenty of community meetings. [caption id="attachment_1402" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Photo Credit: https://www.fi-compass.eu/[/caption] Online, interactive, or old school, maps…

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Ten Things: Neighborhoods

July 17, 2015 Uncategorized

A Shady Neighborhood?!   This is the second article in a series of “ten things you can do without a plan!”  Creating a plan is important to document a community’s shared vision and to provide the specific recommendations on how…

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Activating Open Space

May 26, 2015 Uncategorized

Successful, active open spaces don't usually happen by accident.  I was reminded of this recently when I was fortunate  to visit two very special parks.  The two parks couldn't be more different- The Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds (UK)…

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2015 NPC Engagement Tool Roundup

April 23, 2015 Uncategorized

At the most recent National Planning Conference in Seattle, it seemed that the number of booths in the exhibit hall for online engagement tools and apps rivaled or exceeded that of booths for full-service planning consultants.  Hard to say whether…

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