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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.


Lots of chatter on the internets about the latest info that per capita VMT (vehicle miles traveled) keeps dropping. It's now 9 years in a row, which apparently is enough that people are realizing it's a trend, not just a blip on the radar.

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Urban planning & our household expenses

Big-box retailers going urban?