Providence | Calgary, Alberta

In 1989, the City of Calgary annexed the area now known as the Providence community. A “dog-leg” of land in the City’s southwest quadrant, it presented unique opportunities for a more sustainable approach to development than the typical automobile-focused expansion of the city.

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Ranson, West Virginia

Having attracted $6 million in grants and loans from three federal agencies, HUD, EPA and DOT, the city of Ranson, West Virginia, contracted with an international team of consultants for Transect-based planning. With the EPA money, the planning partners designed proposals for re-purposing six brownfield sites for new businesses. HUD funding provided resources for a rezoning approach to guide smarter growth and redevelopment. And the DOT grant enabled the redesign of a key corridor into a connective boulevard and plans for the transformation of historic Charles Washington Hall in Charles Town into a commuter center, strengthening links between regional rail and regional residents.

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Revelstoke, British Columbia

In his introduction to Revelstoke’s Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in July of 2009, Mayor David Raven made a promise: “This is not a ‘whatever will be, will be’ plan,” he said, “for the future is ours to see.” The mission thereafter: Enable the OCP’s forward-looking vision, goals and policies with a regulatory approach that will ensure their implementation.

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The Reynolds | Atlanta, Georgia

The Reynolds is a vertical mixed-use condominium development, offering 130 homes over street-level shops and restaurants along Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Street. The first neotraditional project amidst the glass and steel towers of Atlanta’s Midtown renaissance, it evokes the timeless and grand lifestyle that made Peachtree Street a household name.

In many ways, it was the architecture itself — designed by Surber Barber Choate and Hertlein — that presented the most immediate marketing challenge. That is, on a strip where development bends over backwards to appeal to the chic and trendy sensibilities of young professionals, how does a traditionally-inspired building, with the conservative image it embodies, get in the game?

They turned to PlaceMakers to find out the answer: You don’t.

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Town of Taos, New Mexico

With three diverse cultural traditions and over 400 years of built history, the Town of Taos, New Mexico, is home to some of the most distinctive architectural and planning patterns in the United States. The historic district remains a 16th century Spanish village to this day. So, when it became apparent that the blunt force of their conventional zoning ordinance was undermining their historic form, the Town turned to PlaceMakers to customize the form-based SmartCode and accompanying land use master development plan.

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