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Is “Sustainability” Old Hat?

Americans have treated the word “sustainability” as though everyone practices sustainability daily and the concept is old hat. We should know better.

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Marrying Rehab and Affordable Housing

How can cities creatively and compactly marry affordable housing, historic rehabilitation, vibrant commerce, civic uses, and urban revitalization?


Preserving History with Neighborhood Character

Driving through Virginia’s Hanover County the other day, I was struck by how much history has imprinted itself on the landscape. I drove by the Hanover Courthouse, where Patrick Henry […]


Property Owners as Stewards of a Community Vision

How can property owners become the stewards of a carefully crafted local vision? Milwaukee’s “Queen Anne,” one of the few Queen Annes in such a historic setting, is owned by […]

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How Influential, the Voice of Another

Milwaukee is about to lose an incredible economic opportunity due to an inability to capitalize on our talents. To kick off the new year and my inaugural Rooflines blog post, […]

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Saving a Landmark in the Bronx

The deteriorating building at 1520 Sedgwick Ave. in the Bronx, also known as General Sedgwick House, is credited as being the birthplace of hip-hop, where DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) […]


Eyesore to Community Asset

On a hill just west of downtown Los Angeles sits the Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home, a 1912 “Chateauesque” building that The Los Angeles Times has called “architecturally one of […]