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Downtown Hurdles

It should be no harder to develop downtown than elsewhere. Yet, as PCJ columnist Kennedy Smith argues, too many regulatory hurdles often face downtown development….

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Wanted: Downtown Grocery Stores

As Americans’ taste for downtown living grows, so does their appetite for downtown grocery stores. So, why is it still rare to see a grocery store downtown? Economic development consultant Kennedy Smith provides some answers….

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Hudson’s Star Attraction

…and housing. A large central square/park is under construction in the foreground. Mark Richardson in front of the new library. I met with Community Development Director Mark Richardson, a North Dakota transplant, and Margie Smith,…

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Ready for Car Sharing?

…benefits to communities as a whole, all stemming from the fact that car sharers drive less often and own fewer cars. According to Zipcar’s Kristina Kennedy, “forty percent of Zipcar’s members report selling a car…

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Planning for Dogs: Exercise vs. Restraint

…Laurie Kennedy, volunteer coordinator at the San Francisco SPCA and a member of San Francisco’s Dog Advisory Committee. Most cities and towns have de facto dog areas — parks, ball fields, or even schoolyards where…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

…Dale — Laurence Gerckens Beth Humstone — Ed McMahon — Della Rucker — The Segedys — Kennedy Smith — Ric Stephens — Hannah Twaddell Voices from Planning Commissioners Over the years, many other individuals have…

Taking Aim at Takings Claims

Taking Aim at Takings Claims

…see Kennedy Smith’s article. The other broad category is inverse condemnation, or regulatory takings. We call it “inverse” condemnation because it is direct condemnation turned on its head. The property is taken by the government,…