Ed McMahon considers how a growing number of communities are making the connection between tourism and environmental values.
Taking a Closer Look
Over many years, urban analyst Edward McMahon has taken a closer look at many issues facing our communities — from growth, to development patterns, to urban design. Starting this Fall, columnist Steve McCutchan will also be reporting on PlannersWeb on a broad range of challenging community concerns.
Sprawl is causing some of the costliest problems America faces. But, argues Edward McMahon, several myths have made it more difficult for us to come to grips with sprawl.
Regulation of on-premise advertising signs is one important means by which a community can assert control over its physical environment. The end result is not just a more visually attractive environment, but one in which businesses can communicate more effectively to their customers.
Edward McMahon has found that many developers and environmentalists agree on at least one thing: local zoning regulations need to be more flexible.
Historic districts can bring communities powerful economic benefits, argues PCJ Columnist Edward McMahon.
People care about trees, and not just because they’re pleasant to look at look and provide cooling shade. Trees also increase property values and can help boost a community’s economic development.
Good design can mean more jobs, more tourists, and increased property values.
Almost everywhere we go, stand identically designed fast-food restaurants. A look at how communities can gain control over fast-food franchise design and see that it fits the character of the community.