Building Community: Third Places

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By: Owiso Makuku | April 2, 2019

For those unfamiliar with the term, the “third place” – as opposed to the “first place” (home) or the “second place” (work) -- was coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in the late 1980s, in his book The Great Good Place.

Rock Point and Arms Forests in Burlington's North End

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By: Owiso Makuku | March 14, 2019

Part of what makes Burlington, VT a beautiful and desirable place to live is the open, green space. We love our trees, fields and trails so much, it's part of the Vermonter identity. 

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The Impact of Street Trees and Landscaping

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By: Owiso Makuku | October 9, 2018

This article is part of our discussion on Good, Healthy Neighborhoods.

I think that we can generally agree that a “good” neighborhood is healthy and that a “healthy” neighborhood is, generally, good. But what does this mean?

Why Vermont Innovation Commons at Cambrian Rise is an Appropriate Fit

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By: Owiso Makuku | June 13, 2018

Call it the Law of Attraction.

As I sit re-reading a 2014 article from the Brookings Institution, “The Rise of Innovation Districts: A New Geography of Innovation in America,” I realize that it was inevitable that Vermont Innovation Commons...

Mixed-Use Neighborhoods: What Are They, and What Are the Benefits?

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By: Owiso Makuku | February 10, 2018

A "mixed-use neighborhood" is defined by encompassing areas of a city or town that contain both housing and commercial/retail spaces.

They come in many scales – from mid-town Manhattan in New York City, to Main Street in Vergennes, Bristol, or...