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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.

Re-Planning for Ottawa University; A growing school needs more space

This week we're undertaking a design charrette in Ottawa, KS as a master plan for Ottawa University. OU is a small, but growing, college, and this plan is being done anticipating growth to about 1,500 students over the next decade. We're on a team with Gould Evans Associates. We'll try and post some images from the charrette later this week. The project is an update to a master plan we completed for the university in 2003. At that time, however, the university anticipated a size of about 750 students as a maximum student population. Now, with a new president and strategic plan in place, the campus is poised to grow to 1,500 students. This puts the previous master plan in a completely different perspective, as the facilities will have to grow well beyond the current capacity. So, we will be looking at long-term (and some short-term) solutions for residential space, academic space, parking/circulation, campus open space and more.

Gould Evans is developing a detailed residential program as well as a program for the Learning Commons (union, library and more combined). The effort this week is to coalesce most of the work into a long-term physical vision for the campus, and we'll then work out the details over the next month. The near-term goal is to start a first phase residential building in the next few months.

Recapturing valuable pavement on the Path to Prosperity: Remove Rush-Hour Parking Restrictions

Recapturing valuable pavement on the Path to Prosperity: Remove Rush-Hour Parking Restrictions

Street Food: Good eats important on the Path to Prosperity

Street Food: Good eats important on the Path to Prosperity

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