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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.

Good places don't happen by accident

Photo by Berlin, MD Blog

Photo by Berlin, MD Blog

Leadership matters - it's a recurring theme of mine. Grass roots excitement for communities is very important, but someone still has to make decisions and lead. Robert Steuteville writes about one such case study, Berlin, MD:

Berlin, Maryland, was named the "coolest small town" in America by Budget Traveler magazine. Berlin's charm is due to planning decisions in addition to its historic main street.


Town officials invigorated Berlin’s downtown by encouraging property owners to establish businesses combined with livable spaces. Many business owners capitalized on the tax incentives afforded through a state Arts and Entertainment District designation, creating galleries, shops and studios. Others took advantage of historic designations to protect their structures and retain businesses and residences within the downtown.

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The gradual un-making of 20th century planning

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