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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

Suggested reading

Wednesday, April 30, 2014:

Nathanael Johnson digs deep into urban farming - the tough realities and the surprising upside. While I do believe the years ahead will see more and more people growing their own food, he puts the excitement on a bit of pause.

Chuck Marohn talks candidly about issues of race, poverty and the future. Sometimes I think we're about to write the same thing. Money quote:

When we abandon our exurbs and distant suburbs – something I see as inevitable -- if we leave behind the poorest and most disadvantaged, we won’t be leaving them in functioning neighborhoods. We’ll be leaving them in total isolation. Places without grocery stores that can be walked to. Places without transportation. If the 1960’s inner city was inhumane, this will be far, far worse.

For the map geeks, check out this new mapping tool. I've only begun to dig into it - it's very cool.

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