Bob Gibbs will present “New Trends and Techniques in Urban Retail Planning” at the 62nd Annual International Downtown Association Conference and Tradeshow, to be held at the Westin Peach Tree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia, September 7-9, 2016. The session is scheduled for opening day, Wednesday, September 7, 8:30 am-11:30 am.

Midwest Real Estate News talks to Bob Gibbs about Birmingham's Master Plan
The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

GPG's proposed mixed-use town center in central Florida. The center was to include retail, office and residential totaling over 2 million sf.

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Bob Gibbs will present New Trends in Urban Retail Planning" at this week's Planning Michigan Annual Conference in Kalamazoo, on Wed., Oct. 26 at 11:30 am. Hope to see you there!

GPG is pleased to have been engaged for master planning consulting services by the Michigan cities of Warren  (pictured above) and Wixom (pictured below). GPG is also providing market research services for Warren.

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2016 Groves Award

GPG was part of the PlaceMakers' team that developed a transect-based SmartCode and Comprehensive Plan for the City of Ransom, West Virginia. Ransom's City Manager, Andy Blake, will receive the2016 Groves Award, given annually by the CNU and the Transect Codes Council to recognize  outstanding leadership and vision in the promotion of the transect-based plan.


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The city of Corunna, Michigan is redeveloping their historic Shiawassee Street School building, based on GPG’s housing market study. The Woda Group is adapting the site, to be called Cavalier Greene, into 40 apartments. Read about the groundbreaking here.

SAVE THE DATE! Robert Gibbs will be a speaker at the next CityBuilding Exchange, to be held March 8-10, 2017 in New Orleans.

Bob was featured in Detroit's MetroMode magazine this week for GPG's New Urbanism planning. Read about it here.

GPG is delighted to be working again with the City of Charleston, SC. We will be conducting further market research for Historic King Street, which we first studied almost 10 years ago. Former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley described GPG’s work as “the Bible for the future of our historic district.”

Robert Gibbs is shown with Andres Duany at the CityBuilding Exchange, held March 10-11 in New Orleans. Bob presented "Principles for Maximizing Retail Development in Downtowns & Mixed-Use Centers."

Bob Gibbs Discusses GPG's Downtown Las Cruces Retail Report in video

Bob Gibbs was part of the team that worked on an update of the Downtown Las Cruces, NM  master plan.  As part of his time in Las Cruces, Gibbs met with independent retailers and local business people, coaching them on effective, sales-building strategies. He discusses Gibbs Planning Group's findings and recommendations in a new video here.


In May 2017, thousands of architects, designers, planners, developers, and leading urban thinkers from across America will gather in downtown Seattle for the 25th annual Congress for the New Urbanism. At CNU 25.Seattle, CNU will celebrate the last quarter-century of New Urbanist accomplishments and pivotal moments—while looking forward to the future of building sustainable equitable, livable places. Registration for CNU25.Seattle opens in January 2017. Learn more at cnu.org/cnu25.


GPG was pleased to have completed the Village of Rochester Hills master plan for Robert Aikens Associates in 2002.  Their  annual "Light the Village" is an annual tradition for area residents.



Bob Gibbs made a keynote presentation March 23 at NAIOP Wisconsin's Municipal Showcase event in downtown Milwaukee. The event highlighted current national and local trends in urban development.












GPG recently completed a market study for Cuyahoga Falls, OH which determined that if it opens its 1970's pedestrian mall to cars, the city will create a demand for over 200,000 sf or new retail and restaurants.






GPG was pleased to participate in an historic master planning charrette for Las Cruces, NM Feb. 16-19. GPG provided retail consulting and market research for hotel & retail development. PlaceMakers was the lead planner & urban designer. The city is implementing the PlaceMaker plan to open the street to cars and to build a beautiful plaza.






Bob Gibbs teamed with Terry Shook to teach  "Retail Principles for Mixed-Use Town Centers" Feb. 28 -29 at The Seaside Institute, in Seaside, Florida.







GPG was proud to participate in a charrette to develop a master plan for the Village of North Palm Beach, led by Dana Little and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.  A walkable, mixed-use village center with zoning revisions and code updates was proposed. Bob Gibbs also made a public presentation, "Downtown Retailing and Merchandising for the 21st Century City" to the community.








Bob Gibbs enjoyed consulting for the Town of Palm Beach, FL in early January. Worth Avenue is an extraordinary place; one of the top shopping destinations in the world, with good lessons for other historic downtowns and new town centers.







GPG started the New Year off working with architect Stefanos Polyzoides  planning an exciting mixed-use development in the South Congress (SoCo) District of Austin, Texas.

Gibbs Planning has been engaged by the Detroit Zoo to plan a proposed parking expansion for the facility.


Spotlight on the News:Bob Gibbs discusses the Birmingham 2016 Master Plan with Chuck Stokes on WXYZ's Sunday morning program

Bob Gibbs Interviewed in Crain's Detroit

Crain's  asked for Bob's thoughts on redevelopment plans for the site of the former J.L. Hudson's department store building in downtown Detroit. Read it here.