Tag Archives: urban development

What Downtown SGF Needs

(The following is an edited and expanded version of something I wrote last year for another venue.) Next month we’ll mark one year of life in downtown Springfield living in the Union Biscuit Lofts on Market Ave. So my wife and I have had plenty of opportunity to walk the streets and observe the goings-on. We’ve […]

Carbon Trace Re-Launch Begins 15 April

Several things have been keeping me busy this winter. I’m right in the middle of doing an academic case study examining a successful civic journalism project. I have also been re-working all of my classes — something that is regularly necessary, especially as I notice generational changes in students. Further, I have been busy re-thinking […]

That 6-Letter Word

OMG!!! I’m going to use that 6-letter word! H E L M E T Stop reading. Go directly to comments. Rant. Did you catch Elisabeth Rosenthal’s op-ed in the Sunday Review section of The New York Times today? I have a great deal of sympathy for the argument that helmet wearing makes bicycling look dangerous. […]

Our Urban Challenge: Riding The Bus

I’ve taken the bus in many cities in the U.S. and Europe, but before yesterday I had only taken the bus twice in my eight years in Springfield — both times to travel downtown when the roads were too icy to ride my bicycle. That wasn’t enough experience to form an impression of the system. […]

Changing The Suburbs After The City

How might we re-imagine the suburbs? An exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York examines that question from an architectural standpoint. While the designs are rather dramatic, perhaps the most interesting idea is that we need to “change the dream.” That means re-thinking home ownership and single-family homes. So, yes, density. But […]

Nice Day to Check Out the New Square

Park Central Square is finished. Here are the results. You’ll see that it has become a more pedestrian-friendly place. [nggallery id=6] Technorati Tags: Springfield Missouri, Urban and Regional Planning, urban design, urban development, Urban Planning

The Square Is Open :-)

Just in time for the First Friday Art Walk, the Square is open again. Here’s an iPhone image from a few minutes ago. Technorati Tags: cycling, urban design, urban development, Urban Planning

Square Renovations Ahead of Schedule

The following is an e-mail issued by Butler, Rosenbury & Partners today about the renovations to Park Central Square: Construction crews are finishing work on Park Central Square in downtown Springfield 20 days ahead of schedule. This is the culmination of a four-year effort to improve Springfield’s Public Square. History Originally positioned as the city center in 1838, […]

Our Urban Challenge: The Numbers Game

The Holy Grail of bicycle advocacy is numbers of kiesters in saddles on two wheels on the road. Some advocates are willing to do almost anything to increase participation — including putting novices in danger. There’s a “but”: It appears rather clear that the more people who ride bicycles in a given area the safer […]

Our Urban Challenge: Where To Live?

A poll by the National Association of Realtors earlier this spring showed that Americans’ attitudes about where to live may be changing. A few (cherry-picked) highlights: Americans are three times more likely to say that the quality of life in their communities has gotten worse (35%) rather than better (12%) in the last three years. […]

The Real Reason

OK, actually a reason that’s not talked about enough… So, what can bicycling do for us and our towns and cities? The usual reasons to ride a bicycle include: health, wealth, relieve traffic congestion, and (add two or three things you think of most). Kasey Klimes, wrting for This Big City, says the following is […]

A Nice Space That Needs Filling

Maybe the people who are concerned with such things have already thought of the potential evident in the following picture: That’s Patton Alley in front of the Patton Alley Pub. The streetscaping project created a nice, wide sidewalk. Two things I’d like to see here: Two or three bicycle u-racks placed the proper distance from […]

Woohoo! Big News: A Bike Corral

It’s now official: Sometime before the middle of May the city will build a bicycle corral at the corner of Walnut and South in downtown Springfield, according to David Hutchison, city traffic engineer. The corral will separately park 12 bicycles and 5 motorcycles. It will be located in the current loading zone on the north […]

Pocket Neighborhood For Springfield?

This article in USA Today set me to thinking. I could live in one of these communities. I would be especially interested if it were situated in Springfield’s urban core close to downtown. So, any Carbon Trace readers think this idea has possibilities? UPDATE: Join the local Pocket Neighborhood group on Facebook. Technorati Tags: bicycle […]

Our Urban Challenge: The Big Disconnect

Joel Kotkin, writing on the NewGeography site, says that America’s biggest brain magnets are not the big coastal cities: “Indeed, college graduates, for the most part, are heading not to the big cities on the coasts, but to smaller, less dense and quite often Sun Belt cities.” His conclusion might seem written with Springfield in […]