Category Archives: September 2009

Reaching (Un)Conscious Decisions

Recently, a proposed athletic complex expansion experienced significant delays as a dispute over the removal of a grove of trees on the site produced pickets, lawsuits, environmental activists and lots of bad press for the planners. What started as good intentions ended in controversy. Does what we value and believe affect how we act? Should it? What if we are not conscious of a particular value or belief, or unaware that others hold it dear? If we were conscious of … Continue reading

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Make It Real

At some point, every agency has to make a case for something it wants to do, or keep doing. Managers are well-acquainted with the traditional cost-benefit analysis, which is more easily calculated when the costs and benefits already exist as fixed amounts. But how does one measure the seemingly priceless value of a child’s smile? Should it be measured? One of the major strategic trends of the past decade has been the parks and recreation benefits movement. A key marketing … Continue reading

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It’s About Time

Throughout American history, presidents have been passionate about sports. Dwight Eisenhower was a golf fanatic who played 1,000-plus rounds during his eight-year stay at the White House. Gerald Ford played college football at the University of Michigan, and was a member of two national championship teams. John F. Kennedy was a swimmer and sailor; Richard Nixon could often be found in the bowling alley in the White House basement, and Jimmy Carter loved running and tennis. Our newest leader’s enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Coming Home To The Cows

Situated on what is today the far western edge of the sea of suburbia that developed outside Chicago is the 48,410-square-foot Stephen D. Persinger Recreation Center in Geneva, Ill., which opened in late 2008 on a former farm site. Geneva is now marked by buzzing arterial roads, swathes of residential subdivisions and the ubiquitous commercial developments of late-20th-century expansion. The idea of retaining some of the area’s rural heritage seemed a logical one to the project’s design team, Williams Architects, … Continue reading

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Break The Ice

Over the past few years, interest in ice skating has declined. In response, the San Diego Ice Arena has taken steps to increase its customer flow. Owners of the private company knew there was more to changing the focus of the facility than just opening the doors and making a good sheet of ice. So they focused on creating specialized public programs; the intent was to separate experienced figure skaters from first-time skaters, and to hold different birthday parties for … Continue reading

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