Topic: Local resiliency

Vision Zero 2.0 – the Streets of Stockholm

The capital of Sweden, which pioneered the concept of Vision Zero, an ambitious goal of having zero traffic fatalities, Stockholm has made much progress in transforming itself into a more walk-able and bike-able city with stimulating public places, as illustrated by this Streetfilms short film.

March 25, 2015

Vibrant Centers – The Changing Landscape of Office Space Preferences

Companies seeking young, educated Millenial talents are driving a growing demand for office space in compact, connected and mixed-used environments, resulting in an office rental renaissance in urban centers and presenting a unique opportunity to suburban town centers to play host to these companies.

February 24, 2015

Financial Productivity – How Urban Land Use Affects A City’s Wallet

See how a blighted and run-down block built in a traditional pattern compars against a shiny and new auto-oriented block built for a drive-through fast food chain restaurant when it comes to tax revenues to the city.

January 24, 2015

Municipal New Subdivsion Project Financial Analysis – A Case Study

A real life example is used to illustrate how the discipline of a business case analysis can and should be applied to determine the implications of a new development project to the finance of a municipality.

December 16, 2014

Suburban Sprawl Adds Salt To Maple Ridge’s Infrastructure Deficit Wounds

In a growing city such as Maple Ridge, BC, leapfrogging suburban developments are adding more inventories to the city’s asset base and making its infrastructure deficit worse than it already is.

October 13, 2014

The Impact Of Suburban Sprawl To Municipal Budgets

Apart from its commonly known costs, suburban sprawl is hitting municipal governments with hidden costs as a result of misguided policies.

September 27, 2014

Peak Malls? Retail Floor Space Overbuild Meets Tectonic Structural Shifts, Part 1

Multiple fundamental factors driving retail sales growth in past decades are shifting not in favor of the retail sector. Combined with an overbuild of retail floor space, this does not bode well for brick and mortar retail properties.

July 1, 2014

Peak auto? Driving might have passed generational peak in the U.S.

Total miles driven in the U.S. has gone down to a level last seen in 1995 after reaching a peak in 2005. Could this be the generational peak in driving we are witnessing?

August 29, 2013