Archive for January, 2008

I know I said I wouldn’t but …

January 28, 2008

… the minute I did, I was overcome with the compulsion to do it. Also I’m worried I mixed up a couple of names and faces. If I’ve got you wrong please let me know. See you next week.
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Please note: Alyssa and Angie should be switched. Thanks Alyssa.


A Man Said to the Universe

January 20, 2008

A man said to the universe:
“Sir, I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
“A sense of obligation.”

Stephen Crane

A Site!!!!

January 6, 2008

Finally I have a real site. Its in East Biloxi as I always intended it to be. The image above shows its southern end – a block and a half of real estate empty of houses that can be realistically developed together. The back story on the land is that it was purchased by a high end developer shortly after the storm on the assumption that Biloxi would be developed entirely into New Urbanist condos in support of the casino strip after the storm (they didn’t make that idea up – it was pretty clearly laid out in the Living Cities plan published for the city about a year after the storm). Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for East Biloxi that isn’t going to happen. So now they are stuck with this land, for which they grossly overpaid, and are trying to get rid of it. The EBCRC is trying to buy it from them and in default of that the GCCDS is coming up with alternative development plans for the the property to prevent them from trying to implement their own (which was to divide it up into the smallest lots imaginable and sell really high). The studio suggested rezoning it and plating out duplexes and singles with accessory dwelling units. I will simply suggest a multi family alternative. It probably won’t be chosen but … at least I can throw it in the hat. And I’m doing what I wanted to do since settling on Biloxi – a realistic project on a real site that might be useful for the future. Whether or not they build anything on this site, Biloxi will need a new model for elevated multi unit development. And I’ll be able to turn this over to the GCCDS for their records. SO GREAT! Oh, and here, the GCCDS plan just for the record. Download file