The Brookings Institute recently published a report exploring a new planning and real estate model: catalytic development, which intends to jump-start redevelopment in languishing urban areas using a more place-based approach (yay for that!). As a former Brookings co-author of Chris Leinberger myself, I still tend to read his regularly seminal pieces, this one not excluded! But in case you haven't had the time to read through the 78-page report, we created a handy, TLDR guide highlighting the 10 things you need to know about Catalytic Development.
Our tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the consummate Seeker and place-oholic: “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.
This week, we take a break from our Vision Zero blog series, Design for Our lives (since we’re hard at work crunching the data on the various strategies cities are implementing to truly get to zero traffic fatalities) and discuss a seemingly more mundane aspect of urban design and planning - "nuisances..." Our CTO, Andy, outlines the various types of nuisances that degrade quality of life and argues that urban design can and should be used to mitigate their effects.
In the second installment of our Vision Zero blog series, Design for our Lives, we go on our Founder and CEO, Mariela’s exhilarating (for all the wrong reasons) trip down memory lane as she braves a 1.4 mile walk in the suburbs of Miami. With vivid illustrations of downright embarrassing at best, and unacceptably dangerous design (or lack thereof) features, we showcase why Vision Zero is indeed necessary, but bring to light various yet unanswered questions about the movement, which we will continue to explore throughout the series.
Get your dose of M&Ms this week as Mariela and Michelle - our CEO and COO - take State of Place on a “sidewalk” show in Oslo and North Carolina. Tune in to watch Mariela pitch State of Place at the Katapult Accelerator Demo day OR register to see Michelle pitch to the Research Triangle economic development and sustainability community about how we use data to get SMART(er) (walkable, livable, and sustainable) places done!