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Austin is Not in a Housing Bubble. Sorry Trulia. Sorry Fitch.

A couple months back, Trulia came out with a shocking study that proclaimed Austin is the “most overvalued” housing market in the country. Now, Fitch, the big rating agency, has come out with their own report saying the same thing. I strongly considered writing a blog post when the Trulia article came out, but life got in the way. However, now that another major group has … [Read More...]


5 Skylines You Won’t Recognize in 5 Years

Downtown revitalization is a national trend impacting hundreds of cities across the U.S. right now, which is wonderful. But in the downtowns of a few special cities, the amount of new development under way and planned is so massive that you will literally not … [Read More...]

Pittsburgh Market Square

The 5 Features of Great Public Spaces

What exactly makes a public space great? You know a great public space when you experience it. Vibrant public spaces are active places filled with people from all walks of life. But what are the features most commonly found in the best public spaces? I will … [Read More...]