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Advocacy, Community, Design

As an attorney and consultant for over twenty five years in government and business regulation,  I currently focus on community development and urban design issues – through organizations at the national, regional and local levels. It is my sincere belief that quality design, particularly as it relates to community planning, can improve quality of life … Read More

Time for SCENIC Mustang

Design, News

“Nothing Soothes the Soul Like a Cruise in the Mustang”  Pinterest   Many around town know me as owner of this Mustang convertible.  And after remarking about  “what year“ (1966),  people often ask about the SCENIC antique plate. The short answer is years ago I founded the state environmental organization “Scenic Illinois”– so I liked … Read More

“AWE Walks” Do Wonders!


“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.”        ~John Muir This season to get outdoors and return to travel reminds me of the power of nature to inspire us. I’ve often experienced it personally when walking around town – but especially from  memorable moments like this hike in … Read More

Enjoying Local Outdoor Dining

Community, News

“One of the great beauties in life…eating with friends, the service, the ambience.” — LeRoy Neiman.   When most people talk about their suburban Downtowns the first topic is usually new restaurants. But professionals who are involved in town planning and economic development know better. Restaurants are the most challenging new businesses for investing, launching … Read More

1.2 Hour Walk-about


In reviving my Blog, I recalled the wise saying that every journey begins with a first step.  And for this new year I was inspired by a book called “The 12 Hour Walk.”   Written by a world-record explorer (C.O’Brady), it promised a one-day formula to shift your mindset to new possibilities.   While that … Read More

Value of Quality Design


“In essence, what works of design and architecture talk to us about is the kind of life that would most appropriately unfold within and around them.” Alaine de Botton, “The Architecture of Happiness” This is the essence of my work with the Municipal Design Review Network.  Check my Resources page for related publications.