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Stray Observations on the Alaskan Visitor Industry

Lately, one of the few bright spots in the Alaskan economy has been the Visitor Industry. As other sectors have begun to contract, tourism continues to reach record levels. Somewhat ironically, the low price of oil which hurts our overall state economy brings in more out of state visitors, drawn by lower airfare costs and… Read more »

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Town Square: A Problem by Design

One of my favorite times of the year is every May when the Municipality of Anchorage plants flowers and places hanging baskets in public spaces. It’s a beautiful way to brighten up downtown and adds a unique flair for Anchorage residents and visitors to enjoy. From my office in the Atwood Building, I have a… Read more »

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Uncharted Growth

2015 was a contradictory year in terms of growth in the 49th state. State revenue has all but collapsed and headlines are dominated by worries of economic contraction. On the ground, however, Alaska and Anchorage are chugging along better than conventional wisdom would indicate. Economic and population growth increased throughout 2015 and should continuing to… Read more »

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Ringing in 2016

It’s been quite the exciting year in Anchortown as we ring in the New Year with a fresh batch of delightful rain. Since you all apparently enjoyed them and most likely want to read them again, below are the top read posts from 2015: Pfeffer Development: A Catalyst for Mixed Use – It’s been a big… Read more »

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Dense City

Orange tracts correlate with higher housing density Population density is an often used measure when defining what qualifies as urban and non-urban. In many cases it can be a useful tool for decision making purposes. It would make little sense putting in transit lines and mixed use neighborhoods in low density areas, just as it… Read more »

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Identity Crises of Anchorage Neighborhoods

By Penny Gage and Eric Van Oss Q: What is a city? A: A collection of identifiable, individual neighborhoods that make up pieces of a greater community.   When people talk about cities, they often refer specifically to the neighborhood in which they reside, like Seattle’s Capitol Hill or Washington DC’s Georgetown. These neighborhoods have… Read more »

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The Assembly’s Reflection

Over the past several weeks, I’ve attended a handful of candidate fundraisers for Anchorage’s April 2016 Assembly election. The thing I walked away from each fundraiser with was every candidate was a white man of a ‘certain age.’ In fact, when scouring the declared candidates, I have yet to find anyone running for Assembly who is… Read more »

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The Other 51 Percent 

This piece originally appeared in The Boardroom’s October publication of Unleash. It is a conglomeration of both new content and previous articles published on this site. One often overlooked trend among the my generation is the increasingly large role Millennial women play in driving economic development. Since the mid 90s, women have dominated in educational attainment,… Read more »

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One is the Loneliest Number: The Case for Two-way Streets 

This originally appeared in the The Boardroom publication Unleash.  The new mayoral administration hit the ground running on downtown development and housing with a trip to Wichita and Oklahoma City. Both cities have aggressively expanded their downtown “live, work, play” initiatives through a coordinated effort between government agencies, developers, and non-profits. While neither city is… Read more »

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The New Face of Housing In Anchorage

This piece originally appeared in The Boardroom’s August publication of Unleash. It is a conglomeration of both new content and previous housing related articles published on this site.   As young people in Anchorage, we have the unfortunate timing to be caught in the middle of a slowing economy and increasingly dire housing crisis. Oil… Read more »

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  • gateway tower1

    Stray Observations on the Alaskan Visitor Industry

    Lately, one of the few bright spots in the Alaskan economy has been the Visitor Industry. As other sectors have begun to contract, tourism continues to reach record levels. Somewhat ironically, the low price of oil which hurts our overall state economy brings in more out of state visitors, drawn by lower airfare costs and… Read more »

  • Town Square Municipal Park Anchorage

    Town Square: A Problem by Design

    One of my favorite times of the year is every May when the Municipality of Anchorage plants flowers and places hanging baskets in public spaces. It’s a beautiful way to brighten up downtown and adds a unique flair for Anchorage residents and visitors to enjoy. From my office in the Atwood Building, I have a… Read more »

  • img_3977

    Uncharted Growth

    2015 was a contradictory year in terms of growth in the 49th state. State revenue has all but collapsed and headlines are dominated by worries of economic contraction. On the ground, however, Alaska and Anchorage are chugging along better than conventional wisdom would indicate. Economic and population growth increased throughout 2015 and should continuing to… Read more »

  • img_4065

    Ringing in 2016

    It’s been quite the exciting year in Anchortown as we ring in the New Year with a fresh batch of delightful rain. Since you all apparently enjoyed them and most likely want to read them again, below are the top read posts from 2015: Pfeffer Development: A Catalyst for Mixed Use – It’s been a big… Read more »

  • Capture

    Dense City

    Orange tracts correlate with higher housing density Population density is an often used measure when defining what qualifies as urban and non-urban. In many cases it can be a useful tool for decision making purposes. It would make little sense putting in transit lines and mixed use neighborhoods in low density areas, just as it… Read more »

  • unnamed

    Identity Crises of Anchorage Neighborhoods

    By Penny Gage and Eric Van Oss Q: What is a city? A: A collection of identifiable, individual neighborhoods that make up pieces of a greater community.   When people talk about cities, they often refer specifically to the neighborhood in which they reside, like Seattle’s Capitol Hill or Washington DC’s Georgetown. These neighborhoods have… Read more »

  • IMG_3716

    The Assembly’s Reflection

    Over the past several weeks, I’ve attended a handful of candidate fundraisers for Anchorage’s April 2016 Assembly election. The thing I walked away from each fundraiser with was every candidate was a white man of a ‘certain age.’ In fact, when scouring the declared candidates, I have yet to find anyone running for Assembly who is… Read more »

  • IMG_3463

    The Other 51 Percent 

    This piece originally appeared in The Boardroom’s October publication of Unleash. It is a conglomeration of both new content and previous articles published on this site. One often overlooked trend among the my generation is the increasingly large role Millennial women play in driving economic development. Since the mid 90s, women have dominated in educational attainment,… Read more »

  • IMG_2856

    One is the Loneliest Number: The Case for Two-way Streets 

    This originally appeared in the The Boardroom publication Unleash.  The new mayoral administration hit the ground running on downtown development and housing with a trip to Wichita and Oklahoma City. Both cities have aggressively expanded their downtown “live, work, play” initiatives through a coordinated effort between government agencies, developers, and non-profits. While neither city is… Read more »

  • 8405929666_396a27c748_b

    The New Face of Housing In Anchorage

    This piece originally appeared in The Boardroom’s August publication of Unleash. It is a conglomeration of both new content and previous housing related articles published on this site.   As young people in Anchorage, we have the unfortunate timing to be caught in the middle of a slowing economy and increasingly dire housing crisis. Oil… Read more »

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