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Placemaking & Implementation Books
Bob's "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" is included on this comprehensive list of resource books from Placemakers, LLC: 
GPG is returning to Normal, Illinois to update its 1999 master plan. The city has implemented most of the award- winning plan in its Uptown district, including a Form Based Code, a high speed rail station/ city hall and the famous Normal Circle. GPG is the retail advisor and will conduct a detailed retail market analysis.

Gibbs Keynote Presentation: Robert Gibbs gave the keynote presentation, "The X-Factor of Urbanism," at the October 16 APA Washington Chapter Annual Conference.
New Website for Michigan CNU:  Check out the newly designed website of the Michigan Chapter of the  Congress for New Urbanism at: www.micnu.org

Robert Gibbs presented "Don't Let Tourists Fool You - They Love to Shop, but Irrationally!" at the APA's 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.
Start the New Year off Right: Register for the Seaside Institute's "Retail Principles for New Urban Communities and Mixed-Use Town Centers," a  workshop presented by Bob Gibbs, January 9-10, 2015.http://seasideinstitute.org/team/bob-gibbs-retail-workshop/

APA Award
GPG has been recognized with an Outstanding Planning Project Award from the APA - South Carolina Chapter, for the Summerville Vision Plan. GPG teamed with MeadWestvaco to participate in a master planning charrette and produce a retail market analysis for the City of Summerville, South Carolina.

David Mangum Presents Session at Moscow Planning Forum
GPG Planning Associate David Mangum was a speaker at the "1st Moscow International Forum- Culture: A Look into the Future," held at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in  Russia's capital city. Dave's lecture addressed the questions: "Why are most successful shopping centers looking to socio-cultural practices? What role do shopping centers play in the city's socio-cultural and economic landscape? What shopping center formats and models can withstand the changes and successfully integrate into the city environment?

GPG was pleased to host landscape architecture students from the Michigan State University School of Planning, Design and Construction on a tour of Palmer Park (Detroit, Michigan) as a part of a program planned to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted's influence in Detroit. Designed by Olmsted in the 1890's, students were able to see the prevailing design elements of the century-old plan for "Log Cabin Farm" as well as Senator Thomas Palmer's Log Cabin, which is the only remaining log cabin in Detroit and designed by Mason & Rice in the 1880s.

GPG has been retained by Farmington, Michigan's DDA to conduct a retail market study for the downtown district. Farmington is a historical community with numerous popular restaurants and shops. The city includes a balance of unique
local businesses and national retailers including T.J. Maxx, Starbucks and Dress Barn.

Gibbs Planning has been retained to develop a Retail Master Plan for Panama Pacifico in Panama, Central America. Panama Pacifico is a mixed-use development on the site of the U.S.'s former Howard Air Force Base. GPG began the project  with a visit to the site on the western bank of the Panama Canal .

Robert Gibbs participated in a Ted Talks panel discussion  at "Kentlands - The Future" at the Kentlands 25 Symposium, June 21, 2014, in Gaithersburg, Maryland: 25 Years of Kentlands...Lessons Learned...The Next 25 Years.

Session 202: Retail Success: Rebuilding Cities & Towns
Presented by David Mangum, Terry Shook, Stefanos Polyzoides and Jane Grabowski-Miller at CNU 22 Annual Conference, Buffalo, New York,  June 4, 2014
Learn how to program, plan and design competitive retail in historic downtowns, underperforming shopping centers and new urban developments, as well as discuss how to repair failed suburban centers.

In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, GPG is pleased to host: The Economics of Urbanism  - a Symposium
on March 20, 2014      4 AICP CM credits
The symposium is ideal for architects, developers, elected officials, policymakers & urban planners. The event will cover economic & development techniques for mixed-use urban projects and historic city center development. Speakers
include: James Tischler, Director, Community Development Division of  MSHDA • Stefanos Polyzoides, Architect - CNU co-founder • James Howard Kunstler, Author of “Geography of Nowhere” and “The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition” • Yaromir Steiner, Easton Town Center • Robert
Gibbs, Author  of “Principles of Urban Retail”

Hosted by: Gibbs Planning Group, the Urban Retail Institute, Michigan American Society of Landscape Architects, Michigan Congress for New Urbanism and Michigan Land Use Institute
Tickets: $100; ASLA, CNU & MLUI members: $90; Students: $50
Visit the symposium website: www.economicsofurbanism.com

GPG's Dave Mangum recently hosted Andrews University architecture students on a tour of local GPG-planned projects, including: Westwood Commons (Michigan's first New Urban community); Eton Station (a mixed-use community in Birmingham's hot Triangle District); and the City of Birmingham (2016 Master Plan). 

 The Michigan Municipal League and Alpena DDA have
retained GPG for a parking impact study.

GPG is consulting with the City of Plano, Texas about developing mixed-use neighborhood revitalization strategies for the city. Bob participated in a two-day workshop with city staff to review the study areas and their redevelopment potential. 

Holland, Michigan

News 2014

After a year of work and visioning, the Master Plan for Palmer Park, Detroit, was unveiled at a community forum on Nov. 20. A team of urban planners, landscape architects, architects and engineers, led by Gibbs Planning Group,  spent a year developing the plan after gathering thoughts and ideas from local residents and stakeholders. This community service project was sponsored by the Michigan Chapters of the ASLA and the CNU.

Bob Gibbs presented "New Trends in Urban Retail" to Holland business owners and stakeholders on August 28. GPG recently completed a retail market study for the City of Holland, Michigan and the Michigan Municipal League.

GPG has been retained by the city of Adrian, Michigan for a retail market analysis.

GPG is assisting the City of Norwalk, Connecticut, to evaluate the impact of a proposed shopping center on nearby shopping districts.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education presented Robert Gibbs' "Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design & Management Practices" July 14-16, 2014

"Urbandizing: The Art of Managing, Planning and Merchandising" session was presented by Robert Gibbs at the National Main Streets Conference, May 20, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

GPG conducted a retail expansion feasibility analysis for the City of Ocala, Florida's downtown.