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Baltimore Council to Consider Alternative to Demolishing Vacant Homes

  Today, the Baltimore City Council will discuss Councillor Mary Pat Clarke’s proposal to revive a $1 home program from the 1980’s designed to rehabilitate long-vacant properties. This proposal contrasts with a nearly $700 million state and city effort to demolish and replace 4,000 such buildings. Unfortunately, Baltimore has a great many empty buildings. The … Continue reading

Solaria Labs Total Home Score Measures Noise and Safe Driving in Greater Boston

  Last Saturday at the Hubweek Hub, a map of Boston illuminated a large display. Evoking a figure ground, it showed a variety of colors and the confident name:┬áTotal Home Score (THS). I finished waiting in line for the STAT 360┬░ virtual reality experience and then headed to the next shipping container to check out … Continue reading

Boston Tiptoes to Europe and Permits Drinking in a Public Park

  Last Saturday, I was en route with a friend to the Hubweek Hub at Government Center when heading along the Rose Kennedy Greenway transported me to Europe. Not literally, of course, but on the walk from South Station to City Hall, we came upon a beer garden sponsored by Boston-based Trillium brewery. I was … Continue reading

Boston Bike Party Takes Over the Streets One Friday per Month

  Last Friday, a burst of amplified music caught the attention of my brother, sister-in-law, and I at their home in the South End. My brother and I rushed to the window and saw a gathering of dozens of people in Franklin Square, a park across the street from his home. My brother shouted, “it’s … Continue reading

First Impressions of the MWRTA Bus from Ashland to Framingham

  I caught a ride on a MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA) bus for the first time yesterday. The service began operating just over 10 years ago, offering curb-to-curb paratransit and 16-fixed route bus services in 13 Massachusetts cities and towns, including my hometown of Ashland. Ever since I learned about the service, which admittedly … Continue reading

Disconnected Streets and the Effect on Walkability in Liverpool

A 13,500 word thesis prepared in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Civic Design awarded by the University of Liverpool. It investigates whether walkability varies in a pair of streets that otherwise meet the criteria aligned with high walkability, but differ as to whether they are disconnected–or “stopped off”–at one end. The … Continue reading

An Evaluation of the National Planning Documents of England, Scotland, and Wales

A 2,587-word report for ENVS459 Implementing and Managing Change. It compares and contrasts the aims, objectives, timeframe, primary focuses, and prospects for success of the national planning┬ádocuments of England, Scotland, and Wales. The report earned a 75, a distinction. Written in March 2017. 1. Executive Summary This report evaluates the three national planning policy documents … Continue reading

An Analysis of Access to Supermarkets in the Borough of Halton

A 1,286-word essay for ENVS469 Trends Outcomes Impacts. It demonstrates the use of ArcGIS to plot the location of buildings, supermarkets, catchment areas, and population density and change. The essay received a 73, a distinction. Written in December 2016. 1. Introduction Supermarkets are an integral component of convenience provision, a key consideration of local planning … Continue reading

An Exploration of the Relationship Between Measures of Compactness and Transport Choices

An 1,310-word essay for ENVS469 Trends Outcomes Impacts. Using two sets of analyses conducted with SPSS, the essay examines whether more compact communities in North West England have lower car ownership and higher public transportation usage. The essay earned a 72, a distinction. Written in November 2016. 1. Introduction Climate change has increased the focus … Continue reading

Liverpool Development Proposal: Mill & Stanhope Streets

A series of posters created for Stage 3 the Design Proposal phase of ENVS439 Making Places. They present a land use, townscape, connectivity, landscape, and public realm site plans. The posters, along with a separate presentation, received a 73, a distinction. Prepared in December 2017.