One lawyer thinks that chalking your tires is a 4th amendment violation.

Note: This article includes a small update regarding the status of a lawsuit mentioned within. My friends at Strong Towns are better fact checkers than I am and noted this when reposting the article.

A Parking Checker in Seattle providing a valuble service. (I’m serious) Image: Seattle Municipal Archives

Recently, I was listening to an episode of Planet Money (Episode 921: Tales From The Parking Lot) while walking along a tree-lined and car-parked street. …


Exploring the accreditation program offered by the Congress for the New Urbanism, and administered by the University of Miami School of Architecture

Sketches from the City of Leander’s first Charette that gave way to it’s first SmartCode. (Courtesy: City of Leander, Placemakers, LLC)

I’ve found the CNU itself to be a home for people of very diverse backgrounds. I imagine that folks taking the accreditation exam are similarly diverse, so let me give you some context about where I started. It might give you a better idea of how I arrived at the conclusions I’ve drawn, and whether or not the opinions I have might also apply to you.

I came to urbanism in the most embarrassing way possible, and certainly from the outside. I didn’t want a developer to build a small commercial building near the front of my suburban neighborhood and…


Almost 30 years ago Austin had the best patrol cars, now they are depressingly bland.

When I was a kid the police cars in Austin were distinct from anywhere in the country. They were white and powder blue with the APD badge on the door, and you couldn’t miss them.

Courtesy Austin Police Department

The powder blue cars were introduced in the beginning of 1970’s. But before those we had a few other options avaiable to our patrol officers.


Hey there,

This is a long one, but please bear with me, I think it’s important.

Election Day is today: Saturday, June 16th!

I hope you will take the time to stop by city hall, or the Leander Public Library and cast your vote.

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this might be the most important election Leander has ever seen.

Seriously.

I am supporting Vic, and I hope you will also consider doing so.

Leander has been “just a suburb” for a long time, but with the massive growth we’ve experienced over the past decade, and with Cedar Park nearing full buildout there…


Comparing 9+ passenger vehicles, and a review of the Ford Transit through the lens of a big family, with an update for the 2020 model.

Selecting the right vehicle

Function over form

When we started looking for a car to fit our family of 9 we tried to determine what attributes the “perfect car” would have. It has to fit all of us. If at all possible it should fit in the garage. It should be something we won’t mind holding onto for a decade. It needs to be reasonably priced, and close to indestructible. One way or another we feel like we managed to get it all.

To start, our list of choices was pretty small.

  • Ford Transit
  • Nissan NV Passenger
  • Chevrolet Express /GMC Savana Vans
  • Chevrolet Tahoe /GMC Yukon (we…


The Edith Farnsworth House — Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1951

From the perspective of a designer, design is just the planning of something to be made. Eventually it will be a pair of glasses, a house, a city’s infrastructure, your shoes – but before all of that design is how and perhaps why something is to be made. From everyone else’s perspective, before they have interacted with it, the design of an object is all they have to interpret the object.

The mistake is believing that the design is reality.

When I was young my mother bought me a copy of the book Fallingwater by Edgar Kaufmann Jr. Looking back…

Marshall Hines

Graphic Designer, Dad and gadget nerd from Leander, Texas.

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