By mingling a satirical delivery along the lines of Jonathan Swift with quite serious research, The Placemaking Institute seeks to entertain while being a one-stop multimodal shop that generates discussion about transportation planning and urban design.  For [liberty+principles+integrity+values] = The Placemaking Institute, a non-partisan entity that, one, espouses the idea that an open-society is an imperfect society always holding itself open to improvement; two, recognizes the absurdity of trying to reform absurdities; and, three, embraces the ethos (of Edmund Burke) “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing”; all the while chanting our mantra: “Cui bono (Who benefits)?”

David Parvo, Our Most Senior Fellow, was born on an island…and after awhile he now calls home Central Texas, which in and of itself could be construed as an island.

But enough about him. There’s much more interesting content for you to peruse elsewhere on this site.

(E.J. Mishan: “The study of economic growth is too serious to be left to the economists.”)

4 responses

20 04 2010
Glenn Gadbois


SNAPPatx would like to create a link to your blog that will allow us to post title, blog name, summary, link to your posts. Are you comfortable with that?

We would also great appreciate your linking to our website and/or blog.

If you have questions e-mail me or Laura Glass (l.k.glass8@gmail.com) directly. Thanks much and please say hello to Sinclair.

2 10 2011
Greg Meckstroth


I am a follower of Place Making Institute and certainly a fan. I write for UrbanIndy and UrbanOut if you are at all familiar. I recently became involved with a non-profit organization called EverybodyWalk.org and thought of your blog as a possible partner in helping me get the message out about the organization.

You could partner through two easy ways:

1. Feature EveryBodyWalk’s link on your site/blogroll
2. Provide me your site logo to be featured on EveryBodyWalk’s urban development/urbanism section here

EverybodyWalk, a site powered by Kaiser Permanente, has asked me to help their efforts in expanding their presence across the country to help develop content on sustainable/walkable communities and their benefits on walking habits. Thus, I am attempting to get the site’s link up on popular site’s blogrolls. Are you at all interested? Let me know.

In case you are curious about what EverybodyWalk does, well here you go: we’re a nonprofit wellness campaign, and our goal is to encourage people to get up, get out, and get walking for 30 minutes, every day. We believe a huge part of getting people to become more active is creating and sustaining an environment and community that encourages these types of activities.

I would love to discuss opportunities to work together through social media, particularly through Facebook and Twitter. Let me know if you’re interested! We’d also like to welcome you to utilize articles and videos on our site, and post them on your blog. We hope that by sharing our content, you’ll be able to grow your audience as well. Likewise, we’d be happy to feature your work on EverybodyWalk, with full credit and a link to your blog.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you,

Greg Meckstroth

7 05 2012

David is a fantastic writer.

9 05 2012

Hey Chris! What’s your email so I can drop you a line?

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