Fort Wayne debates effect of Downtown Development Trust on private investment

A story in Sunday’s Journal Gazette about the non-profit Downtown Development Trust asks the right questions and encourages the correct debate on these kinds of efforts: Several local leaders hope to re-create that venti-sized success through the Downtown Development Trust, a non-profit that allows them to sell properties at a discount to folks who promise […]

Chicago’s tourism anthem. Also: Why Fort Wayne does not want a tourism anthem

Can we agree that even if Fort Wayne should seek out a tourism anthem, that it’s better to not have one than to have a cheesy one like what Chicago has cooked up? Yes? Thank you. P.S. It’s like the Choose Chicago board read my previous post and wanted to rub my face in it. […]

What is the role of government in urbanism?

My friend Scott Greider left some well-written commentary on The Good City’s post about our recent reboot that focuses on market-driven urbanism. I encourage you to read his entire comment here, but below is the paragraph I’d like to interact with: All things being equal, yes, the market tends to work best. But all things are […]

Take a survey about taking the bus

From Betsy Kachmar of Citilink: The City of Fort Wayne, Citilink, Countilink, and the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council have partnered in the development of a Bus Fort Wayne Plan. The Bus Fort Wayne Plan is a 10-year plan that will lay the foundation for establishing public transit (Citilink and Countilink) as a preferred transportation […]

New Contributor: Zachary Evans

Zachary Evans is an architect and partner at Kelty Tappy Design, Inc., a Fort Wayne, Indiana, architecture, planning, and urban design firm. A graduate of Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning, he holds professional architectural registrations in Indiana and Ohio and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He […]

Shoaff: When building roads, worry about the people who live there

Councilman John Shoaff identified what may be the central reason the city of Fort Wayne hits opposition when it proposes a street widening project. Shoaff has been a strong opponent of the city’s plan to widen State Boulevard through the Brookview-Irvington Park neighborhood, from Clinton Street to Wells Street. And during Tuesday’s common council meeting, Shoaff […]

Recommended reading on State Boulevard widening

I’m way late commenting on this story, since it ran in the April 1 Journal Gazette. But “State of State Boulevard” by Stacey Stumpf is an excellent read on the city’s plan to widen and straighten State Boulevard west of Clinton Street. It’s excellent because it clearly presents the city’s case for the construction and […]

Market-driven urbanism: The TGC Reboot

It’s time to begin again. Thanks to friends saying this blog must be revived, The Good City is now back in business. We’re retooling the focus of the blog to concentrate on market-driven urbanism versus the more common centrally planned urbanism. But what’s market-driven urbanism? Here’s a definition from the Market Urbanism blog: Market Urbanism examines […]