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Dock Square Garage Redevelopment Must Add Shops

This is the text of the letter I sent on April 9, 2018 to Michael Rooney, Senior Project Manager, Boston Planning and Development Agency regarding the Dock Square Garage redevelopment project. More information about the project is available here. The Dock Square Garage is a 1970s throwback to a time when vacant lots and garages … Continue reading

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MassDOT Must Build West Station Now

This is the text of the letter I sent to Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, in response to the Draft Environmental Impact Review for the I-90 Allston Interchange project in Boston. Massachusetts must strive to achieve the Commonwealth’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 … 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.

Findings from an Area Appraisal of Liverpool Neighborhoods Near to City Center

Posters created with a team of three other students as part of the Stage 1 area appraisal for ENVS439 Making Places. They describe the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the area according to urban design principles. The entire assignment, which included a separate presentation, earned a 72, a distinction. Prepared in November 2016.

Mersey Estuary Resources 2040: Climate Change Plan

A report prepared with a team of five other students as part of the Stage 2 assignment for ENVS467 Spatial Planning in Action. It summarizes the findings from Stage 1, presents new Vision, Objectives, and Strategic Policies; proposes a set of management measures and actions, and provides illustrative projects and delivery plans. The report received … Continue reading

An Evaluation of Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan

An essay for ENVS427 Making Plans. It critiques Calgary, Alberta’s Municipal Development Plan according to 10 criteria. The essay received an 80, a high distinction. Written in March 2017. 1. Introduction In September 2009, Calgary—a city in the Canadian province of Alberta, adopted a Municipal Development Plan (MDP) to establish 30—60-year development goals and comply … Continue reading

An Introduction to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Planning System

An essay for ENVS459 Implementing and Managing Change.  It discusses the main features of the planning system in Massachusetts. The essay received an 86, a high distinction. Written in June 2017. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ planning system reflects a balance between a legacy of local control and more recent state efforts to guide development in … Continue reading