Giving Back: Bike Fix-up Day

By Jimmy Shoemaker, Planner, Alta Planning + Design Earlier last fall, while Colin Harris and I were at Farnsworth Aerospace, a middle school on the east side of St. Paul, as part of the Minnesota Statewide Safe Routes to School planning assistance project, one of the teachers showed me a fleet of 29 bicycles in […]

Finding the Community’s Voice in Coalinga, CA

by Jeff Knowles, Associate Planner, Alta Planning + Design Almost halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles sits the small town of Coalinga (population 17,000). In many ways Coalinga is a typical Central Valley agricultural community — residents draw their livelihoods from nearby ranches, farms, and oil fields. Established as a coal refueling station for steam locomotives […]

Is Pokémon Go the Ultimate Urban Planning Tool?

“The City came into being to preserve life, it exists for the good life.” — Aristotle “Gotta Catch ’Em All” — Proverb By Michael Sampson and Marc Caswell, Alta Planning + Design Have you noticed that public plazas and sidewalks have been more busy lately — full of people wandering around looking at their phones (a little more than usual)? For […]