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Architecture and Urbanism
2 June, 2010

French Hilltowns

I'm off on a study trip in the Luberon region of Provence, in France.   Douglas Duany had recommended this particular area as a great one to study hill town techniques and examples.   He was right!   Here is a shot of Gordes, where I am staying.  
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The Trailblazer
22 May, 2010

Paddleboarding

On my last couple of trips to Las Catalinas our guests and I have gotten a chance to try paddleboarding.   Paddleboarding is a fast growing sport that is making converts of kayakers, surfers, and newcomers to water sports.   To do it you stand up on what looks like a large surfboard.  …
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Life in Town
21 May, 2010

Join us in Las Catalinas this summer

This summer, we intend to host a few groups of prospective buyers at Las Catalinas.  If you'd like to be a part of one of these visits, please  contact us for details about dates and accommodations. On a typical visit, we'll spend two days in and around our emerging beach town. There are usually…
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Naturally SpeakingThe Trailblazer
13 May, 2010

Dolphins

Yesterday Jeff Tucker, Glen Rollins, and I went on a boat trip out of Potrero (the town next to Las Catalinas).   We encountered a group of hundreds of spinner dolphins.   They are so named because they seem to enjoy leaping into the air and spinning rapidly around. It was a most amazing…
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Architecture and Urbanism
12 May, 2010

Contruction Going Well and Rapidly

Construction on our first group of houses is moving along very well.   After all the time we've spent buying the last, mapping, planning, permitting - it is a bit shocking how rapidly things are moving now!   And it is very, very exciting.   Come and see!   Here is a shot of…
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Life in TownNaturally Speaking
10 May, 2010

Great site for Las Catalinas weather, waves, wind, tide

My friend and extraordinary all-round beach athlete Todd Clark was kind to turn me on to this site: http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=4877 It gives accurate, several times per day forecasts for wind, waves, and weather.   Great information to have when planning one's activities! And here is another great one for surfing conditions which includes tides: http://magicseaweed.com/Tamarindo-Surf-Report/444/…
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Architecture and Urbanism
30 April, 2010

Great new movie on Glenwood Park

Glenwood Park is the 28-acre new neighborhood in Atlanta that my partners and I developed starting back in 2001.   It is the subject of the pilot episode of a new documentary series called American Makeover   - about recreating the built environment into something more sustainable and healthy.   The Congress of the…
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Life in TownNewsPress
26 April, 2010

Geoff Graham’s Reflections on Las Catalinas Visit

Geoff Graham (friend, neighbor, and one of the founders of one of the finest new urban developments, I'on) accompanied me to Las Catalinas last week.   He had lot's of great ideas, and followed up with this post on his Guild Quality blog: http://www.guildquality.com/blog/2010/04/26/building-a-new-town-with-old-ways-las-catalinas-costa-rica/#more-1608
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