from front of Apple store in New York City

The Place Making Dividend

Top, the Apple Store in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. as built. Below, the initially proposed design. The protracted design review process began when Apple proposed their standard (off-the shelf), modern façade (they are,…

building icon

Density Without High-Rises?

…Today, high energy prices, smart growth, new urbanism, infill development, transit-oriented development, and sustainability concerns are all coalescing to foster more compact, mixed-use, walkable, higher density development. End of excerpt Ed McMahon is one of…

Design rendering of Walmart now under construction in Washington’s Fort Totten neighborhood. Graphic courtesy of JBG Companies.

Walmart Stores Go Small and Urban

been pleased to have published more than two dozen articles by McMahon in the Planning Commissioners Journal, and now on PlannersWeb.com. Notes: I discussed this briefly in “Can Intersections Lead to Stronger Neighborhoods & Empowered

cartoon of two angry people facing each other

Why is Everybody So Mad About Development?

have published more than two dozen articles by McMahon in the Planning Commissioners Journal, and now on PlannersWeb.com. Notes: I discussed this briefly in “Can Intersections Lead to Stronger Neighborhoods & Empowered Residents?” See also…

school boy looking at fleet of school buses.

School Sprawl

One of the most important, but often overlooked, contributors to sprawl is the construction of large educational facilities in outlying, undeveloped areas. Edward McMahon takes a look at some of the causes of “school sprawl”…

Fast Food Restuarant

All Development Is Not Created Equal

conducted in Virginia, a planning commissioner told me that a national restaurant chain wanted to erect an enormous sign — more than double the size permitted by county ordinance — next to their proposed restaurant…

Street trees downtown illustration by Paul Hoffman for PlannersWeb

Making a “Visible” Difference

in Washington, DC. McMahon is a frequent speaker at conferences on planning and land development. Over the past 21 years, we’ve been pleased to have published more than two dozen articles by McMahon in the…

image of road construction barrier

Barriers to Better Development

…and land development. Over the past 21 years, we’ve been pleased to have published more than two dozen articles by McMahon in the Planning Commissioners Journal, and now on PlannersWeb.com. Notes: I discussed this briefly…