"The personal financial benefits of going car-free"

Cooltown studios | December 1, 2008

What are the real, personal financial benefits of going car-free?The friendly folks at the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) have provided a collective body of research, Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse (RBC), the goal being to help build more affordable, pedestrian-oriented residences, especially in preparation for what they’ve been instructed will be an innovation-minded administration.


"Patience, Persisitence, And a Thick Skin"

SA+P MIT School of Architecture + Planning | October 26, 2008

Patrick Kennedy (MSRED’85) is a real estate developer in Berkeley, California, a place whose citizens were once described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘…torn between a desire to overthrow the US government and a quest for the perfect croissant’.
Upon moving to Berkeley in 1988, Kennedy found an ailing downtown with empty storefronts, panhandlers and no new rental housing by a private developer since World War II. He set out to ‘decriminalize housing development’ and began what was initially a single-handed effort to develop mixed-use infill housing in Central Berkeley.