10.11.12 Lecture Series this THURSDAY: SLC Mayor Ralph Becker “Planning Ahead for Salt Lake City.”

Date – Thursday, January 24, 2013 Time – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Place – The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah Part of the 10.11.12. Lecture Series, hosted by the University of Utah Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Ralph Becker was sworn in as[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Sugar House Streetcar Greenway, Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been involved with an exciting new project, one of Salt Lake City’s future Great Places, the Sugar House Streetcar Greenway.  Many groups, municipalities, and organizations have been working for years to see this project come about, and everyone’s excited to see the project finally under construction.  We’ve been working with the great design team[…]

Living Community: Panel Discussion Tomorrow at the SLC Main Library!

  Don’t miss a panel discussion from leaders of the Congress for the New Urbanism, discussing “Living Community”!  The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is a member-based, advocacy organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. People + Place + Stewardship LIVING COMMUNITY Salt Lake City Public Library Auditorium |[…]

In Progress: Jefferson Street Urban Infill; Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City’s urban core is undergoing a renaissance of sorts–with increased interest in reusing under-utilized properties for commercial or residential projects. VODA’s been working on landscape design for a residential project in the transit-oriented development area around the  900 South TRAX light-rail station.   With a client looking for a modern style and sustainable energy[…]

The Single Best Medicine for Improving Your Health:

Sedentary lifestyles are killing Americans. Many of us sit at a computer all day, drive a car to work, and spend our evenings sitting in front of a TV or computer. This lack of activity is built into the very framework of our cities, when we should be designing our communities around activity and physical[…]

Sustainability Means Local Food

Many people easily associate sustainability with energy efficiency, recycling, biking, public transportation, solar power, hybrid vehicles, and even shopping at local businesses, but few readily associate sustainability with food.  How and what we eat as a community has a major impact on long-term sustainability.  “Eating locally” is more than just a pleasant aphorism for the[…]

In Progress: Frog Bench Farms

Despite the weather turning wet and cold, things are still progressing on an exciting project here in Salt Lake City that VODA’s been working on for more than a year.   Located in the foothills of Salt Lake, this project is spearheaded by a couple of visionaries working to develop a new residence and urban farm.[…]

Sustainability means a Local, Living Economy

Everyone seems to be talking about “sustainability” and how communities can become more sustainable. Sustainability is NOT just about solar panels and recycling, its also about social and economic sustainability.  The video below showcases Bellingham, Washington as one of the country’s most sustainable communities, thanks to its “local, living economy.”  With a majority of the[…]

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[…]

New UTA TRAX Light Rail Lines Opening This Weekend

Salt Lake’s TRAX light rail system will be expanding significantly this weekend with the opening of two new lines to West Valley City and South Jordan.  Its been more than ten years since the first sliver of TRAX opened, connecting Sandy and downtown Salt Lake City, and ridership and public support is higher than ever. […]

Design Your Neighborhood for Living (not driving).

For 50 years America has been conducting an experiment in urban planning–designing all of our cities around the needs of automobiles. Lots of “free” parking, lots of highways, and lots of fuel subsidies to keep cars fed.  I think we can all agree that this experiment is coming to an end, and nearly every community[…]