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Designing with nature

Joe Nathan Big

As an alum of PennDesign, I have been receiving reminders that this year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of a major work, “Design with Nature,” by Ian McHarg. A Scotsman born near Glasgow, McHarg, after spending seven years ...

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Planning enterprises aplenty

Joe Nathan Big

As someone with a background in city and regional planning, I suppose I should be gratified to learn of the many planning enterprises now underway in our area. Certainly, the American Planning Association and kindred professional groups serving city planners, ...

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This is no little plan

Joe Nathan Big

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized.  Make big plans; aim high in hope and work …” Those are the words of Daniel Burnham, the architect and city ...

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Making a lasting impact

Joe Nathan Big

With many things vexing our nation and world at the start of this year … a federal government with substantial portions of critical agencies in shutdown and no end in sight, a Brexit fiasco about to unfold across “the pond,” ...

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A Baltimore optimist

Joe Nathan Big

With the approach of a new year, there is much unease about the state of the city. Crime, including homicides, remains at unacceptably high levels and places a cloud over efforts to invest in the city and its neighborhoods. Reports, ...

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Baltimore as a laboratory

Joe Nathan Big

Once again Baltimore was in the spotlight, this time through the auspices of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Every two years since 2004 the Philadelphia Fed has been sponsoring its Reinventing Our Communities conference in the City of Brotherly ...

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Playground on the Potomac

Joe Nathan Big

Always interested in the latest additions to the urban landscape, I had to see it for myself. I’m referring to The Wharf. This is the $2.5 billion mixed-use development on the waterfront in the District of Columbia’s southwest quadrant. The ...

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