From marketeer and urban planner
Stephen Samuels, AICP www.linkedin.com/in/stephensamuels/

Privatizing Public Space – Good or Bad?

It’s just not that easy to answer. I’m a proponent of attracting the private market to infrastructure investments. I’ve been talking for years about the intersection where corporate brands can help to pay for parks and bridges in return for exposure and good…






Strong Towns – It’s More Than a Simple Repackaging

So, I’ll be the first to point out that a lot of urbanists who like to hear themselves think are merely finding new words and catchy phrases to restate the obvious . . . density and walkability rule! Cars suck! Big box retail…






Tightening the Fabric and Closing the Gaps

No. This is not a knitting lesson. I am reflecting on the great work my colleagues and I did in Cincinnati when contracted to assist the city and downtown community with maximizing the benefits of a new casino development. Over two years, we…






Look at the Marketing Budget to Fund Infrastructure

Aaron Renn in his piece “Using Private Capital for Infrastructure is Not as Easy as it Sounds” reported the other day on the failed Chicago Infrastructure Trust. After a big promotional splash in 2012 to create this infrastructure bank using private capital, it…






Transportation and Art in Colombia

I just spent an amazing week in Bogota and Medellín. For a country that has been riddled for so long with social and economic woes, it is incredibly inspiring to witness such progressive investment, innovation, and grass-roots change. Of course, you have probably…






We Can’t Afford to Sprawl

My colleague, Dennis Strait, Principal of Kansas City firm Gould Evans, is hell-bent on making sure cities understand the economic foibles of investing in new infrastructure to accommodate development on the outskirts. Over time, it is not sustainable and there is no way…






What Does it Take to be the Happiest Country?

Answer: bikes, women and a social contract for education and health care! According to Jorge Ramos, writer for Splinter . . .  It’s always the same: Whenever I ask people which country is the happiest in the world, they say, “Mine,” then follow…






US homeless count rises, pushed by crisis on the West Coast

Although Fox is not my usual source of news, this epidemic is real and needs a real solution.  LOS ANGELES –  The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people…






How to Fix New York City’s ‘Unsustainable’ Traffic Woes

I love the disruption of an industry that is inefficient. The Uber and Lyfts should be pushing all of us forward to think more creatively about peer economies, sharing, and technology capacity. They are also, unfortunately, adding more cars to our streets. Now…






From Slaughter to Innovate

The Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati has recently activated its blog, ECONversations,  and the team there has a lot of interesting things to share. (yes, I’m giving props to my former employer). I thought I’d share my last blog post: I…






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