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 »

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 »

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 »

Urban3 Expands

Urban3’s staff is growing, along with its portfolio of clients across the country. Adam Carr Adam Carr, a native of Central North Florida, has joined the firm as an analyst. Adam received his undergraduate degree in environmental studies and geography from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning… Continue Reading »

Bad Math and the Panther’s Path

For years, Urban3’s deep, customized data analyses have been used to interrogate systems of planning, design, and land use across the country. In one southern Florida county, the firm’s work was used to quite literally put these systems on trial. Specifically, Urban3’s Joe Minicozzi was called as an expert witness on behalf of the Conservancy… Continue Reading »

The Cartography of Racism

Redlining is a discriminatory practice that puts services (financial and otherwise) out of reach for residents of certain areas based on race or ethnicity. It created maps that reinforced systematic denial of mortgages, insurance, loans, and other financial services based on location (and that area’s default history) rather than on an individual’s qualifications and creditworthiness…. Continue Reading »