Facilitated Book Discussion: Too Big, Boring or Ugly

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 3:15 a.m. EDT

Tampa, FL, United States

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Join James Ratliff, AICP for a facilitated discussion on PAS 528 “Too Big Boring or Ugly” by Lane Kendig.  Lane writes about how cookie-cutter boxes line up like plastic houses on a Monopoly board, brawny new construction shoulders into established neighborhoods and monster houses crowd together in new subdivisions. Today’s bigger, faster, cheaper home building methods are changing the character of communities, but there are ways to both preserve character and meet market demand. This book and the discussion will explore the problem as outlined by Lane, as well as the planning and design tools to tame the too-big house, help your community shake free of monotonous development, and assist you in negotiating the political minefield of teardowns.  Discussion will also explore how development that is too 'Big, Boring or Ugly', and the solutions meant to avoid them, can affect our communities in various ways including:

 · Erosion of community character and sense of place;

·  Wayfinding problems;

·  Energy consumption;

·  Increased housing costs; and,

·  Decreased privacy.

Registration fee of $20 includes a copy of the book, which can be picked up from James Ratliff in downtown Tampa (or mailed to you at an additional cost).  The 15 discussion participants and James will gather at Hillsborough County Children's Board (located at 1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, FL) to explore the above issues while enjoying coffee and a cookie.  Please contact James to arrange for shipping or pickup at plannerjames [at] gmail [dot] com. Space is limited; register soon to secure a space!  Cancellations without charge (assuming book has not been picked up) can be made up to 14 days prior to the event.  See registration page for additional information.


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James Ratliff, AICP

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Mr. Ratliff currently works as a Principal Planner with Hillsborough County Public Works, having worked previously for over 10 years as an planning consultant. Among Mr. Ratliff’s focus areas are land use and entitlement planning, Transit Oriented Development, affordable housing, mediation and conflict resolution, public involvement and outreach, project ... Read More