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What I'm reading…

Below you'll find a links to articles I've read and found to be thought-provoking and often relevant to issues we face in Savannah and the Second District. Many of these are opinion pieces - not necessarily my opinion, however each has something to offer and serves as a reminder to keep an open mind to change and the forward movement of our city.


Two key points that may seem contradictory at first blush.

  1. Regulating off-street parking truly is counter-productive. We would be wise to work toward complete elimination of minimum off-street parking requirements in walkable, urban neighborhoods.

  2. The need for parking, though, does not magically disappear. We would also be wise to plan for smart parking solutions, so our cities can incrementally urbanize.

U.S. cities are dropping urban speed limits in an effort to boost safety and lower crash rates. But the benefits of less-rapid urban mobility don’t end there.  

The talk at the Destinations International annual conference in St. Louis was all about how destination marketing organizations need to transform themselves into destination management organizations. The shift is starting to take place. Progressive destinations that have a head-start on this strategy will take a bigger slice of the pie.

Do governments need to do a better job managing their tourists, spending more money on enforcing laws, permit systems, sustainability, and infrastructure — rather than tourism marketing? 

Except when it fits with the neighborhood. Stopping at this little building, we discussed potential future uses. Accountant? Sure. Coffee shop? Yes! Corner grocery? That would be great. The discussion seemed to welcome a broad range of commercial development, as long as it fit in this small building and remained neighborhood-focused. That seemed reasonable.

Colored pavement within a bicycle lane increases the visibility of the facility, identifies potential areas of conflict, and reinforces priority to bicyclists in conflict areas and in areas with pressure for illegal parking.

There is a great break down on the benefits as well as exactly why the color green is used on the National Association of City Transportation Officials' website.

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The Oglethorpe Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond

Walkable City: How Downtowns can Save America

Jeff Speck

Start-up City

Gabe Klein

Happy City

Charles Montgomery

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

Suburban Nation

Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Jeff Speck


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