1. Thanks, Hazel! Good thoughts. Here’s a thought about keeping a vision on a neighborhood scale: A Town Architect can be the embodiment of vision-keeping if they serve long enough. For example, I’ve served as Town Architect of the Preserve in Hoover, Alabama for over a decade now. The Preserve is just now inaugurating its fourth project manager (USSteel is the developer) and the fourth guy has never even met the first one, I don’t think. This is similar to the rate at which mayors are elected. So it’s great if there’s someone serving in some significant capacity who can embody vision-keeping for a place.

    • Ian Cordwell says

      Hi Steve, my staff and I enjoy your work greatly. If our Council members and Planning Commissioners don’t have email, we print and distribute the articles to them. Do you by chance know Rip Weaver?

      Take care,

      Ian Cordwell
      Director of Planning
      Town of Cave Creek, Arizona

  2. Thanks, Steve, for the good points. You’re right on about the Town Architect being the vision keeper for a private developer, just like a Design & Development Center can be a vision keeper for the City or Town. Of course, that assumes there’s a clear vision in the first place! Question for you: have you been a traveling Town Architect for a municipality yet? If so, I’d be interested to hear more about that experience.

    Ian, I agree! We at PlaceMakers are guided by Steve’s ideas, who used to be part of our team formally. I’m just leaving your state this morning, after working this week on ReInvent Phoenix, with the DPZ charrette team. Some inspiring regional vision in evidence!


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