How to really reduce congestion
If we build more mixed-use communities, ones that are neo-urbanist, that are both economically and environmentally sustainable, plus they are
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What about Airbnb?
At a recent Ottawa mayoral candidates debate, the issue of what to do (if anything) about Airbnb came up. Current
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Power of Amortization
Here’s an email I sent to a client of mine about the role of amortization in developing and financing a
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Turn a cost center into a profit center
My wife received a bill from Rogers via snail mail this morning. She groaned when she saw yet another invoice
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Perfect Machine
Engineers say a perfect machine is one with no moving parts. I’d add to that: Complexity is the enemy of
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Where buildings meet grade
Where buildings in North America meet grade, we tend to throw away its value. How’s that? Every time you open
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You can’t drink all day
“You can’t drink all day, unless you start in the morning,” one middle-aged female fan of the Buffalo Bills told
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Second driveway
Law of unintended consequences It’s one thing for a city to allow secondary dwelling units (ie, basement apartments, in-home suites
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Next time transit authorities say they can’t run light rail down a main street
Send them to Porto, an industrial city of 1.8 million in northern Portugal to see how it works (well): More
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Reduce Expenses or Increase Revenues?
If you are in financial trouble, what works? There are only two things you can do: Reduce expenses or increase
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What is the one thing that never lies?
About budgeting What is the one thing that never lies to you? Cash. That’s how many analysts and investors decide
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Where is a city’s most valuable property?
It’s probably not where you think it is. Most observers would assume it’s downtown where all the office skyscrapers live.
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Agritainment: Monterosa Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fifteen minutes outside of Olhão, Portugal, you will find a 30-hectare olive oil plantation that combines sustainable farming practices with
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How to really stoke your sales in 350 or so words
We’ve all heard this before, “Selling is telling.” If you want more sales, the thinking goes, tell a better story.
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Learning how to build better towns from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean
You don’t have to be a genius to become an accomplished urban designer; you only have to have a tape
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