Welcome to the Des Moines Perspective

Welcome to the Des Moines Perspective. The intent of this blog is to examine development, community, and politics in the Des Moines metro area from an urbanist perspective. I will look critically at areas where I think we can do better, promote efforts towards sustainable development, and highlight successful projects.

I grew up in Ames and moved to St. Louis to attend architecture school. I ended up falling in love with the city and lived there for 14 years. Des Moines has a lot to love as well, and I want to see the greater Des Moines community make good decisions about the allocation of (scarce) public resources.

In 2007, my wife and I decided to move back to central Iowa to be closer to family. I own a design consulting business, work as a designer at Silent Rivers Design+Build, organize a group called the Des Moines Rehabbers Club, and live in the Drake neighborhood with my wife and two kids.

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