Topic: Urban planning

In a Nutshell

Post World War 2 demographics, an abundance supply of cheap oil and massive expansion of debt in the past 60 years have transformed our cities from the traditional compact form into an expansive auto-dependent sprawl. Most if not all of these factors, upon which the auto-oriented development pattern is predicated, are either no longer valid or in the process of reversing.

Depending on how these factors reverse and interact with one another, the impact to cities and their residents can be smooth and indiscernible or abrupt and disorderly as a new paradigm asserts itself.


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