Author Archives: melreese

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Blizzards and Walkability

While much of the nation is probably tired of hearing about the blizzard in Washington DC this past weekend, the reality of its impact and lengthy clean up are still being felt. For me the most dramatic lesson from the storm

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Blizzards and Walkability

While much of the nation is probably tired of hearing about the blizzard in Washington DC this past weekend, the reality of its impact and lengthy clean up are still being felt. For me the most dramatic lesson from the storm

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New Years Photo Essay

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays have passed and I have had time to reflect on 2015, and the work ahead of me in 2016, I realize my last few months have been filled with many inspirational works of

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New Years Photo Essay

Happy New Year! Now that the holidays have passed and I have had time to reflect on 2015, and the work ahead of me in 2016, I realize my last few months have been filled with many inspirational works of

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NoMa’s Interim Placemaking Projects

Many neighborhoods can be labeled “in transition,” with changing land uses, building uses, and demographics. Often though while we wait for demolition and/or construction to begin we are left staring at empty lots or abandon buildings. This does not have

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NoMa’s Interim Placemaking Projects

Many neighborhoods can be labeled “in transition,” with changing land uses, building uses, and demographics. Often though while we wait for demolition and/or construction to begin we are left staring at empty lots or abandon buildings. This does not have

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Book Review: Walkable City

I realize I am a little late to be reviewing Jeff Speck’s 2012 book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, but I have had a lot of time to catch up on my reading

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Book Review: Walkable City

I realize I am a little late to be reviewing Jeff Speck’s 2012 book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, but I have had a lot of time to catch up on my reading

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Urban Inspiration from DesignDC 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer at and attend DesignDC, an annual conference co-hosted by the DC chapters of AIA, APA and other design professional groups. For me the conference was a great introduction to the DC architecture and planning

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Urban Inspiration from DesignDC 2015

Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer at and attend DesignDC, an annual conference co-hosted by the DC chapters of AIA, APA and other design professional groups. For me the conference was a great introduction to the DC architecture and planning

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Happy Park(ing) Day!

Today marks the 10th annual Park(ing) Day, a world-wide event where planners, artists, designers and everyday citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The original idea was a guerrilla installation of sorts, where people fed a parking meter all day

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Happy Park(ing) Day!

Today marks the 10th annual Park(ing) Day, a world-wide event where planners, artists, designers and everyday citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks. The original idea was a guerrilla installation of sorts, where people fed a parking meter all day

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Observing Our Changing Urban Spaces

A few weeks ago I exited our local library in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland to see a small crowd of adults, children and toddlers, pausing to watch as bulldozers across the street torn apart the First Baptist Church. As its walls came

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Observing Our Changing Urban Spaces

A few weeks ago I exited our local library in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland to see a small crowd of adults, children and toddlers, pausing to watch as bulldozers across the street torn apart the First Baptist Church. As its walls came