Agora Partners leads, curates and participates in published discourse about urban planning and development:



Kansas City Uses Culture to Transform Its DowntownMuseums, Libraries and Urban Vitality: A Handbook, Roger L. Kemp and Marcia Trotta (editors), 2008

Transforming ShorelinesUrban Land, October 2008

Game On, Game OffUrban Land, September 2007

1100 Wilshire: The View Never SleepsLos Angeles Downtown News, February 26, 2007

High-Rise Living Above LALos Angeles Business Journal, August 21, 2006

From Mall to Mixed-Use HavenUrban Land, September 2005

Stafford's StandoutUrban Land, April 2005

Three Rivers RisingUrban Land, July 2002

Going SoLoUrban Land, April 2002

Times Square's TimeUrban Land, February 2002


Open Space

Public Open Space: Public and Private BenefitReal Estate Review, Summer 2013

The Payoff from ParksUrban Land, July/August 2012

California Wastes Its Public SpaceNew Geography, August 14, 2009

Bryant BrillianceLocal Government News (UK), January 2004

Clean SlateUrban Land, May 2001


Urban Policy

BRT is ERP (or, Bus Rapid Transit is Enlightened Responsible Planning)New Geography, July 23,2010

Developing for GoodThe San Diego Union-Tribune, February 27, 2010

A BIDs PrimerThe Next American City, Issue Eleven/2006

Young pros use learning process to serve publicLos Angeles Times, May 16, 2006


Urban Finance

Modifying Loans and the Decision-MakersNew Geography, October 11, 2010

Financing Mixed UseMultifamily Trends, Fall 2003



Ready AboutUrban Land, January/February 2012

Happier Hotels AheadUrban Land, July/August 2010

Retreat, Retrench, or ReboundUrban Land, February 2009

Defying the OddsCalifornia Builder, March/April 2008

Refining Mixed UseUrban Land, February 2005


Spotlight On: Resort Development

Resort Towns Becoming Neo-Company TownsNew Geography, August 1, 2010

Resort DevelopmentWharton Real Estate Review, Fall 2009

Ten Trends Affecting Mountain ResortsUrban Land, April 2006

New from the Montana Slopes...Urban Land, August 2003

Controlling GrowthUrban Land, August 2000


Spotlight On: The Olympics

The Windy City Reaches for Its RingsUrban Land, March 2007

L.A. Goes for the GoldUrban Land, March 2007

Slaying the Olympic ElephantsUrban Land, February 2007

Sydney's DarlingUrban Land, November/December 2001

Sydney 2000 and BeyondUrban Land, February 2001


Book Reviews

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Healthier, and Happier

Public Parks: The Key to Livable Communities

Retail Rescue: Visions + Strategies for Repositioning Distressed Retail Properties

Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050

Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed

Hoodwinked: An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded - and What We Need to Do to Remake Them

reWealth!: Stake Your Claim in the $2 Trillion Development Trend That's Renewing the World

Aqua Shock: The Water Crisis in America

Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability

The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream

Plan C: Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change

Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long-Term Performance

Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America

We-Think: Mass Innovation, Not Mass Production

The Endless City

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder

Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style: A Life in Architecture

The Green Building Revolution

Architecture of the Absurd: How “Genius” Disfigured a Practical Art

The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream

Jigsaw Cities: Big Places, Small Spaces

From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture’s Encounter with the American City

Domesticity at War

Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America

The (Un)common Place: Art, Public Space, and Urban Aesthetics in Europe

Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment

Desert America: Territory of Paradox

The Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War

Building Barcelona: A Second Renaixença

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities

The Code of the City: Standards and the Hidden Language of Place Making

Victor Gruen: From Urban Shop to New City

Architourism: Authentic, Escapist, Exotic, Spectacular

The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster

The City: A Global History

The Restoration Economy: The Greatest New Growth Frontier

The Seduction of Place

Waterfronts in Post-Industrial Cities

Global Networks, Linked Cities

Preserving the World’s Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis

Place Matters: Metropolitics for the Twenty-first Century

American Project: The Rise and Fall of a Modern Ghetto

The City Builders: Property Development in New York and London, 1980-2000

Divided We Stand