Category Archives: Current Events
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Housing | Initiatives | Innovative Solutions | Leadership | Politics | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by Marty Muggleton (VP Client Development & Marketing) on November 15, 2013
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Education | Initiatives | Networking | Site Design & Land Development | Sustainable Design | Urban Development by Keith Kuzio (CEO) on October 9, 2013
On October 2, 2013, we engaged our community to consider what it means and what it might entail to become a Strong Town. Charles “Chuck” Marohn presented his Curbside Chat in Williamsport, PA on the campus of Lycoming College. This candid presentation on the future of America’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods was well attended by state and local government officials, business owners, faculty and students of the college, and concerned citizens.
If you were unable to join us, we’ve posted the video of the day’s presentation for you to view. I’m sure you’ll agree that Chuck brings timely topics for our consideration as we endeavor to make our communities stronger. We welcome your comments.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Initiatives | Leadership | Politics | Site Design & Land Development | Urban Development by Keith Kuzio (CEO) on September 11, 2013
We see it in the news all the time – cities and towns in decline or distress. Whether it’s Detroit being discussed on Nightly News, or Scranton, Reading, and Harrisburg closer to home here in Pennsylvania, it’s clear that it’s not easy being a small, medium, or even large city these days. So the question is – why?
Think tanks are studying this question and offering theories every day. Just yesterday, I received an email from McKinsey and Company announcing a new report titled “How to Make A City Great”. The study can be found at:No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Current Events | Politics | Transportation by Steve Muller (Manager of Client Development) on June 3, 2013
On May 29th, a very enlightening report was published by TRIP of Washington, DC, a non-profit transportation research group, showing the dire costs of Pennsylvania’s deteriorating roadway system. In their ‘Pennsylvania Report’, TRIP offers costs and statistics that result from poor transportation facilities in PA, and even though they are backed by thorough research, the numbers are almost incomprehensible. TRIP estimates that it costs Pennsylvanians $9.4 billion a year in additional vehicle and travel expenses because of the poor condition of our roads and bridges. Their research shows that it costs me an additional $1,646 every year in vehicle and transportation costs, in the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster area – that’s really getting into my wallet!No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Codes & Regulations | Current Events by Steven M. Beattie, RLA (Senior Project Manager) on May 16, 2013
Ever since I received classroom instruction at West Virginia University in the mid-1990s, accessibility has been a key component to my design process. Of course, back then we merely worried about the basics by providing ramps, curb cuts, and accessible parking spaces. Today, accessibility is a complicated, multi-level set of regulations and design guidelines that reach into every aspect of our society and daily lives – as they should. Over the years, I was guilty of questioning the regulatory guidance and why we needed to provide such a comprehensive approach which complicated design, sometimes limited the final design, and absolutely increased construction costs.
Today, I’m proud to say that I fully embrace accessibility, and make it the very first priority on any site design. In addition to the comprehensive checks and balances now in place to ensure accessibility that force compliance, I have witnessed over the years all types of people struggle in some of the same places I designed. Additionally, you can learn a lot when you have two young children and a stroller to push around. It was these experiences that have me now incorporating Universal Design Principles, as accessibility guidelines truly help all users, no matter your physical or cognitive ability.Comments (1) | Permalink |