Great Place Wednesday: The Highline; New York City, NY

I’ve had several conversations in the last few weeks about the Highline Park in New York City. This is truly one-of-a-kind park was built on an abandonded, raised rail line running into lower Manhattan from the 1930′s. Abandoned in the 1960′s, the Highline lay dormant for more than 40 years, until the community organized “Friends[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Inner Harbor; Baltimore, MD

America’s been extraordinarily adept at completely ignoring its waterfronts. Most cities in America with a waterfront have turned that waterfront into an entirely industrial wasteland, with little public use, and even less quality spaces.  New York City has only recently discovered its waterfront, and has invested millions in developing more public space along the Hudson[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Salt Lake City Library

Here at VODA, we aspire to help our clients design great places.  Whether its a private residence or a community general plan, we use our design experience and policy understanding to craft great places of many different sizes.  We’ve seen great places all over the world, and are starting a weekly “Great Place Wednesday” to[…]

APA Utah Urban Agriculture Presentation

VODA presented the latest planning issues related to urban agriculture today to the membership of the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association on Monday, August 8, 2011 along with staff planners from CRSA, Kelly Gillman and Susie Petheram. Below is additional information from the presentation for those interested in how agriculture must play a[…]

Salt Lake City Community Food Assessment

VODA is excited to announce that we’ve been selected to develop a community food assessment for Salt Lake City. We are teaming with Robin Carbaugh, of Carbaugh Associates, and Scott Murray, of Murray Farms to analyze the food systems of Salt Lake City, including all producers, processors, distributors, and consumers of food within a 200[…]

Community Building Through Community Gardens

To say that community gardens are growing in popularity along the Wasatch Front is a bit of an understatement.  “Empty” parcels all over the valley are being repurposed to facilitate food production, and many groups have found that social connections are an added benefit to gardening as a community. The Deseret News published a story[…]

Cities + Parks =Economic Development

Cities are made livable by their parks and open spaces. Known as one of the densest cities in the world, New York City is famed for its grand Central Park, which is skirted by some of the most expensive real estate on the planet.  A lesser known park project in NYC, the Highline has had[…]