There is a renewed commitment within cities across the country to make it safer and more convenient to get around on a bike. Dedicated on-street bike lanes are an important component of this effort, together with strategies that include bike sharing programs, sharrows, better bike safety and awareness programs, and so on. However, once bike […]
We want to thank everyone who was able to come out and celebrate the firm’s 10 year anniversary earlier this month. Having officially turned 10 on November 8th, 2014, it was great to catch up with old friends and new partners that have helped shape a decade of work for Houseal Lavigne Associates. The celebration […]
Throughout History plans and planning maps have shined a light on what different people thought was important, inevitable, likely, desired, or essential. From interesting, to funny, to frightening, many of these plans and maps provide insight into a world that could have been, but never came to be. Like many planning professionals, as an urban […]
Every planner should know the basics of citizen participation and if you don’t…shame on you. Pick up a book, take a course, observe a public workshop run by someone that knows what they’re doing,…do something to become competent with community outreach.
The Chicago region is known for its well-used plazas, parks, sidewalks, and gardens that bring the city to life. Many of these special places are hidden in the heart of neighborhoods, known only to a lucky few. To correct that, and promote the establishment of well-developed public spaces, the MPC has recently announced their “What Makes Your Place Great?” contest.
Form-based codes (FBC) are land development regulations that seek a specific urban form by emphasizing physical form and aesthetics over use. To do this, design elements such as building height, setback measurements, and landscaping among others are given particular emphasis. It is just as important, however, to understand what FBC are not.