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New Contributor: Zachary Evans

Zachary Evans is an architect and partner at Kelty Tappy Design, Inc., a Fort Wayne, Indiana, architecture, planning, and urban design firm. A graduate of Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, he holds professional architectural registrations in Indiana and Ohio and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fort Wayne Chapter, and currently serves on the City of Fort Wayne Downtown Design Review Committee.

Why I care about Market-Driven Urbanism

It seems to be generally accepted now that the past several decades of American sprawl has left our downtown cores with gaping voids and inactivity. A combined result of our dependence on the automobile and Euclidean zoning practices, both citizens and governments share the responsibility of the situation we’re in.

In the same vein, it will take action by both groups to reverse course and re-energize our city centers.

We have very talented urban designers and city planners among us, but we cannot rely on them to plan and execute the redevelopment of every downtown block, lot, and streetscape. That’s why we need to encourage private investment and development with reduced land use restrictions, and allow free-market forces to drive self-sustaining development that’s dense, vibrant, and walkable.

I’d like to use this forum to have a dialogue about alternatives to land use segregation, share examples of successes and failures in other communities, and work together to find opportunities in our own community to apply the principles of market-driven urbanism.

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Now a part of the Streetsblog Network

Starting today, The Good City is a part of The Streetsblog Network, which is

The national blog network for sustainable transport, smart growth and livable streets.

Articles from this blog are now being fed into a national blog network, along with perhaps hundreds of other local blogs around the country. I’m thankful for the potential added exposure that this membership affords.

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‘Longing for the City’

Hello! If you’re here because of being invited at the “Longing for the City” talk Wednesday night, welcome!

I’ll post lists of recommended books and resources on this Web site as time permits. Plus, if you have recommendations, please leave a comment here.

Thanks for coming!

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The Good City awakens

I keep finding links and stories that I want to share, and then I think to myself, “Oh, that’s right. I’m on hiatus.”

So, TGC is back! But what have I been doing?

jonswerens.com

I’ve been working on my own personal Web site, www.jonswerens.com, for quite a while now. Coming soon there: Some video of a concert of mine in Angola, Ind., back in April.

Plus, I’ve been adding features such as easy-to-print and -email posts, and a groovy-cool Gig Calendar for when I actually get back to performing concerts again.

thegoodcity.com

As you may or may not know, I own the domain name thegoodcity.com, but that URL just transfers you to this WordPress.com blog. 

But when I change Web hosting providers in a month or two, I will be able to afford hosting under the URL itself. That looks a step more professional and allows me more technical flexibility in how to set up this blog.

After the switch, your old links likely won’t work and your RSS feed and auto-email thingy will need to be reset.

Stay tuned for more changes!

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New updating service available!

Where have I been? Well, I’ve been the same place you have been: Looking at this blog, wondering where the next post will come from.

I’ve spent most of the past week thinking about the focus of this blog, and I’ve decided to follow what readers have been most interested in — local commentary and photos. I get many more comments and interest in hyperlocal coverage rather than links to stories elsewhere that I find interesting.

The down side is that I will likely not be able to post every day. To make it easier for you to follow, you can now get emailed updates via FeedBurner whenever a new post goes live.

For those savvy, the RSS feed still operates, of course. Have you heard of RSS, but wondered what it is? Check out this easy-to-understand video from Common Craft.

You can find Google Reader here. And the links to the update services are at the top right, and right here for your convenience.

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Quick links: Streets, neighborhoods and bike lanes

What does it cost to live in your neighborhood?

The Spaulding brothers give us a great introduction to a cool online tool: The Housing and Transportation Index. As they say, be sure to click the Advanced link at the top left to get more details.

Complete Streets bill now in both House and Senate

The bill would make sure that roads built and improved with federal funds safely serve everyone using the roadway — including pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, as well as those with disabilities. More information at CompleteStreets.org. Hat tip: Streetsblog

The Stupidest Bike Lane in America

The editors of SlateV.com asked their readers to send them examples of stupid bike lanes. Silver Springs, Md., received the honor.

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