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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.

Transit-Oriented Development Video

Nice video here at about Transit-Oriented Development or TOD. It's a video borrowed from Fast Company magazine, and details a bit of how Portland has become such a landmark for TOD enthusiasts and planners. For my readers in Kansas City, I think it's always interesting to think about Portland and compare it to our own city, or other cities in the Midwest of comparable size. In the 1970's, Portland was a smaller and by all means less-important city than KC. Starting then, they made a conscious series of decisions to embrace walkability, transit, and away from suburban sprawl. The results are impressive, to say the least. Today, Portland is a faster-growing region than KC, draws far more young people, and has a dynamic central city. It's done all this while being more efficient with public dollars and offering its citizens more options in how to get around. A great lesson for all of us.

Portland TOD video

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