April 22, 2022

Earth Day Tree Planting

It’s Earth Day, so of course, it made perfect sense to plant a tree! Because, we are a Landscape Architecture office, there were a few choices …

November 14, 2021

Two Years of Urban Landscapes

The holidays are coming and today, I reflect back on the past two years. Urban Landscapes, LLC was technically created as a business December 1, 2019. …

The Hate for Cities Has Gone Too Far
May 16, 2020

The Hate for Cities Has Gone Too Far

The suburbs are mistakenly having a moment as cities have become the patsy for the COVID-19 pandemic. Lazy, surface level views of the pandemic have duped cities …

June 5, 2011

CNU 19 Twitter Feed

The following is an compilation of tweets from the CNU19 Congress in Madison, WI this past week that were either originally tweeted by me, or retweeted by me. You can follow me on twitter at @JO_Urbanist.

March 7, 2011

The Nexus of Smart Growth and Landscape Architecture

Olson Planning & Urban Landscapes celebrated one year of business this past week. It has been a tremendous year and great strides have been made in building a foundation of business for several years to come. I have been asked over this past year on a few occasions my ambitions...

December 27, 2010

Affordability in Colorado Springs Should Consider Transportation Expenses

Affordability is currently measured in Colorado Springs without transportation included. In the top image (Housing Only), the yellow represents areas where the average residential housing expenses …

April 26, 2010

Colorado Springs Streetcar Feasibility Study

   Illustration of the streetcar potential in downtown Colorado Springs. Illustration by J. David Thorpe of Colorado Springs.   Colorado Springs currently has a feasibility study in …

April 22, 2010

Medinah Country Club 2012 Ryder Cup Improvements

Medinah Country Club, home of the 2012 Ryder Cup. During my employment at Thomas & Thomas, I had the incredible opportunity to complete construction documents for a …

April 21, 2010

Land Entitlements for Vacated Golf Courses

I have recently faced an issue that I see becoming a common issue as the golf industry continues to decline and the costs and availability of water …

April 19, 2010

How to Avoid Master Plans that Collect Dust

Too often, written documents, or master plans tend to accumulate dust without being implemented. This can be a very frustrating process for the both the governing entity …