The Zoning Crisis: Lessons From Chicago, IL

A few years ago, Emily Talen noticed something odd about her neighborhood on the north side of Chicago – yards. “It was like suburbia was kind of invading,” she said. Dr. Talen is intimately familiar with the differences between traditionally urban and suburban forms of civic design. She’s a professor of urbanism at the University… Continue Reading »

These Local Governments are Putting Their Assets to Work

The Sorenson Impact Center, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and Urban3 Announce 6 U.S. Local Governments Selected for the Inaugural Putting Assets to Work Incubator New initiative established under the leadership of former Mayor and Congressman Ben McAdams in partnership with the Sorenson Impact Center, GFOA, and Urban3 The Sorenson Impact Center, the Government… Continue Reading »

Meet Urban3’s 2022 Interns

Urban3’s staff is growing, along with its portfolio of clients across the country. Tia Decker Tia, a graduate student at the University of Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs with a concentration in Urban Planning and Policy with a focus in spatial planning. Their most recent project is an ecological design studio, where… Continue Reading »

Meet the Urban3 Staff: Lanier Hagerty

Taylor Schenker, Analyst Lanier Hagerty followed an interesting path to Urban3 – from South Carolina, to Washington DC, Beijing, New York City, and back to the south. Along the way, she learned some big lessons about spatial theory, “small urbanism,” and the power of place to shape all of our lives. What is your professional… Continue Reading »

Ten Years in Review

We often say that our clients are people who work for cities: mayors, planning directors, downtown association directors, and developers. In truth, the people we work for are the countless families, business owners, taxpayers, senior citizens, children, and others whose destinies are linked to the long-term success — or failure — of the city where… Continue Reading »

A Letter from Joe Minicozzi

Hi and Happy New Year! My firm, Urban3, turned ten years old last year. According to the Small Business Administration, more than 20% of new businesses fail in the first year and 50% will fail within five years.  By the tenth year, 70% will have failed. Beating these odds takes a cocktail of numerous variables… Continue Reading »

Meet the Urban3 Staff: Taylor Schenker

Taylor Schenker, Analyst Taylor is one of Urban3’s newest analysts — a designer, an educator, a self-proclaimed data nerd, and a professional who is as passionate about creating the future of resilient cities in the face of climate change as she is cheering her beloved Clemson football (“FIGHT Tigers! FIGHT Tigers! FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!”) What… Continue Reading »

Meet the Urban3 Staff: Ori Baber, PhD

Ori Baber, PhD, Analyst Dr. Ori Baber is an analyst at Urban3, a modest job title that conceals his many contributions to the firm’s work. Dr. Baber works at the intersection of public health, the natural environment, and urban design, with a profound understanding of the ways that marginalized populations have been distinctly disadvantaged. He’s… Continue Reading »

Better Graphs = Better Governance

At Urban3, two of the first things we always do with a new town, city, or county government client is: 1. Dive into their budget 2. Analyze the property value in the countyFirst, we take the budget apart and understand where the money comes from, where it goes, and how it compares to macroeconomic trends… Continue Reading »