We're excited to announce the launch of our very own research think tank: the Urban Data Geeks (UDG) Lab!
Who doesn’t love a good before after makeover. And if you’re an urbanist, while you may secretly binge Queer Eye’s Fab Five, your love for street transformations is completely out in the open (although I’m equally vociferous about my love of both, haha!)! So what better time than the beginning of Summer to indulge yourself? Working with Street Plans, we chose an awesome mobility meets public art street re-do and Quantified it! Check out how this simple $150K project increased the State of Place of this once-drab block by nearly 30 points and achieved an over 20X ROI and why tactical urbanism meets data-driven citymaking is the key to achieving a truly fab street makeover!
Revisiting our tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the consummate Seeker and place-oholic, one year later: “Bourdain had a magical, hypnotizing ability to not just transcendently capture [the "intersection" between food, place, and people] but to exploit it to show us something deeper in ourselves, to inspire empathy for "the other," to connect us to communities far afield and familiar alike, to deliver unto us a sense of place(s), to embolden us to seek out and relish the unknown, to find joy in the simplicity of food - and the human experience.
Like many of you, I’ve been paying keen attention to any and all policies that touch upon sustainability, economics, and quality of life - yup, the Green New Deal in particular, which strikes all three cords. And while I meant to give you my take on the - oh no, it’s missing the tie between land use and transportation outcry - I thought my personal story about how these two factors - in addition to urban design, ahem, that’s missing too guys!! - would bring this home in a different way…perhaps in a more emotional - and hopefully politically expedient way - than simply adding my purely professional take to this already well-laid out critique.
After a little 6-week hiatus, which we promise will end (with a roar) next week, we wanted to make sure we weren’t totally ghosting you and make sure you got your dose of all things placelover and datageek, so please spend the 20 minutes you would have spent with us over the past 6 weeks of blog posts with this seminal Ted-style talk on citymakers must incorporate a more data-driven approach to creating places ALL people love, that can make us happier, healthier, save our planet - and actually maximize the bang (ahem, return on investment) for the buck while at it. PLEASE enjoy! :)
Notre. Dame. On. Fire. How mourning the loss of place gives me hope for valuing place…