Community Posts

Welcome to the Community + Design + Advocacy blog

Welcome to the Community + Design + Advocacy blog

September 25, 2019

As an attorney and consultant for over twenty five years in government and business regulation, I’ve represented corporations, nonprofits and local governments at the national, state and local levels, and I currently focuses on community development and urban design issues. It is my sincere belief that quality design, particularly as it relates to community planning, … Read More

Community “Branding” as Planning?

Community “Branding” as Planning?

April 8, 2014

“More than just the beauty of the city…it stands for conscientious officials of public spirit…” — C. M. Robinson, 1903 With this quote, Prof. Bob Rotenberg launched a DePaul University study of architectural design review which culminated in his report at a recent American Planning Association/MDRN program.  The study of Chicago suburban communities concluded that … Read More

New Ideas on Main Street

New Ideas on Main Street

January 27, 2014

La Grange, like many communities, was faced with tenanting a former Borders/corporate building on a prominent corner – facing both La Grange Road (Mannheim) and the BNSF railroad.  Since it was difficult to find one retailer for such a large two story space, the building was divided into several units with separate tenants for the … Read More