Ohio Avenue Streetscape – Gunnison

As we proceed with the public process for the City of Gunnison and Western State Colorado University, ALC is asking the public to provide input on the street design for Ohio Avenue between the University and Main Street. We would like to ask the community to participate outside...
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Highlights from the Congress for the New Urbanism – Seattle #cnu25

I am currently wrapping up my fifth CNU, this year in Seattle. The Congresses are always fascinating to me, but dissimilar to most non-CNU conferences. Sure the CNU is packed with sessions in conference rooms along with tours, but the takeaway is really in the conversations that...
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Everyone Loves Pedestrian Malls

The following is an article that I provided to the Colorado Springs Independent in November of 2014 about Pedestrian Malls. Recently, I was asked to discuss this topic at the Downtown Colorado Springs City Center Series event. As I mentioned at the event, I welcome this...
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Spring is in the Air – Residential Landscapes

It’s that time of the year once again – Spring. Every Spring, we begin to hear from residents along the Front Range and into the mountains about their goals for their landscape. Maybe it’s the incoming warm weather, the annoyance of winter, or simply the task...
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What type of Survey do you need?

Confusion often arises about the type of survey that is necessary. Unless you are creating the surveys, this can be a confusing topic. We’ll try to clear it up for you. IMPROVEMENT LOCATION CERTIFICATE (ILC) – Basic drawing that shows general location of existing...
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Hidden Costs of Sprawl for the Consumer

Sprawl.  Yes, the word that many, including myself say, should not be used as it as taken a life of it’s own today as derogatory and polarizing in conversation. Sprawl is actually quite a frightening dynamic in development, of which cities are continuing to pay the effects....
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Neighborhood Retail

The term neighborhood retail makes me a bit nervous. The idea of neighborhood retail is to provide accessible services to an adjacent neighborhood. The way that we define accessibility has changed since the automobile enabled people to access greater distances in less time. It is...
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Expanding I-25 isn’t the congestion solution

The Colorado Springs Business Journal recently posted an article of mine regarding the upcoming expansion of I-25 (it’s in the public process, but we all know that it’s only a foregone conclusion at this point). I really appreciate the opportunity for some discourse...
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Planning for the Boom… and the Bust

Director of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, John Olson, participated in a “Blog Off” with five other urbanists across the country in 2012 (the full blog and other blogs can be found at the following link...
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Importance of Having Complementary Services In-House

Being licensed as both professional engineers and professional land surveyors allows us to offer significant cost savings and drastically helps improve the efficiency of our projects. For example, when we do a site visit at the start of a project we are already thinking about...
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