Monday, November 28, 2011

Resiliency Plan for Jean Lafitte, Louisiana

The Dover-Kohl team led a charrette in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana November 10-17 to develop a plan for physical, economic and cultural resilience. During the War of 1812, the Bayou Barataria islands of Jean Lafitte were home to the pirates who became American heroes in the Battle of New Orleans. The town hosts a fishing and shrimping fleet and construction operations for Gulf oil platforms. Many residents have lived in the bayou town for generations. The unique culture and history of Jean Lafitte, its industry, and the safety of its people are threatened by climate instability, global economic shifts, sea level rise, and disappearing delta wetlands. The plan explores the town’s potential, making an economic and cultural case for long-term preservation of the settlement. The centerpiece of the plan is a vision for a more complete, more walkable heart of town, built upon its historic assets.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Governor Encourages Citizen Planners at Community Meeting for The Town's Blueprint

On Monday November 7th, a community meeting was held to continue planning efforts for The Town’s Blueprint. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss updates to the community-driven vision and the revised draft of the Form-Based Code for Charlotte Amalie, the historic downtown for St Thomas, USVI. Governor John deJongh Jr. spoke at the meeting, eloquently offering words of encouragement for the vision, urging on the citizen planners in attendance.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ocean Springs Inspires

There is little more rewarding than leading multiple charrettes in a place (each charrette inexplicably scheduled during the dead of lonely cold winter) and then returning in sunny early fall to watch people out and enjoying the results of your work. According to plan, Ocean Springs, Mississippi has built two new multi-story mixed-use buildings; an additional three are approved; extensive park improvements including a large new kids park and splash pad at Fort Maurepas are complete; the City has a new fishing pier; Government Street features a new streetscape of trees, on-street parking, benches and lighting; new restaurants have opened; there is regular trolley service, and a destination boardwalk now runs along Front Beach Drive. And as you may have read in the September edition of New Urban News Bruce Tolar’s Katrina Cottage Court, one block from Main Street, has also expanded into a small neighborhood. DKP began working in Ocean Springs after Hurricane Katrina and returned for three additional projects including the plan for the Downtown – though Mayor Connie Moran, the City’s planning staff, community leaders, and community members deserve all the credit.