smart growth

November 27, 2021

Ruxton Avenue – A Woonerf?

In 2015, during my tenure at ALC, I was approached by the now former Mayor (2017-2019) of Manitou Springs, Ken Jaray, on behalf of the Friends …

 
September 12, 2011

South Main: Adaptive, Flexible, Resilient

In the year that I have been away from South Main, many changes have been made. New homes have been completed, attached live/work units have meticulously been constructed, other first floors uses have been activated with a mix of retail, furniture sales, attorney offices and art galleries. It is rapidly taking an organic form that will, at full build out, rival neo-traditional neighborhoods across the country.

 
June 17, 2011

The Allure of Residential Park Frontage

The allure of the residence fronting on to a park setting has been a popular planning methodology over the past 20 years.  Often, homes with a quality …

 
April 20, 2011

Agricultural Urbanism: A Smart Growth Opportunity for Entitled PUD’s

The topic of Agricultural Urbanism is fascinating to me and like many tenets of the New Urbanism movement, there is something very intrinsic about how agriculture relates …

 
March 19, 2011

Smart Growth in Small Towns and Rural Communities – Salida, Colorado

My involvement with CNU Colorado (Congress for the New Urbanism, Colorado) over the past five years has allowed me the opportunity to assemble and coordinate many events.  …

 
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 17, 2010

Hop On Your Bikes, Bike on Your Hops – Colorado Springs’ Sustainability Bike Tour

This past June, CNU Colorado teamed with APA Colorado, AIA Colorado, USGBC Colorado-Southern Branch and Bike Month in a Sustainability Bike tour called “Hop on Your Bikes, Bike on Your Hops”. The Saturday event was a leisurely tour of Traditional Neighborhood Developments, LEED Certified buildings, community gardens, and local sustainability-focused restaurants and pubs.

 
December 14, 2010

Spring Creek – A Neo-Traditional Neighborhood in Colorado Springs

The following in the unedited version of an article that I wrote for the Colorado Urbanist, a publication for the Congress for the New Urbanism – Colorado.  …

 
November 28, 2010

Envisioning the Redevelopment of The Citadel Mall

The Citadel has a unique opportunity to capitalize on its existing infrastructure (both above and below the ground). There are multiple anchors to the overall building that can be broken into smaller pieces. In the image above, you see that I chose to maintain the structures for a portion of the mall corridor and the anchor stores of Dillard’s, JC Penney and the former Macy’s.

 
August 19, 2010

A Closer Look at Multiway Boulevards for Colorado Springs

This is a generic multi-way boulevard illustrating the relationship between the faster moving traffic (center 4 lanes) and the local streets. Illustration by OlsonPlanning.com As you …