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Wendy Shabay, Urban Planning + Design, Fort Worth, has been interviewed by the American Planning Association Texas Chapter as part of an oral history project. Wendy serves as the chapter’s President through fall 2015 and has been an active member for over ten years.

In the video, Wendy discusses her family, education, early career, history with Texas APA and her start at Freese and Nichols as our first Certified Planner. She talks about our Urban Planning + Design and Architecture groups’ growth in employees and work across Texas and in Oklahoma. Wendy also speaks about the...

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Flower Mound's Rheudasil Park project has been featured in two local newspapers, The Cross Timbers Gazette and The Leader. Our team is working on pond dredging and bank stabilization plans, and providing design and landscape architecture services for improvements to the park.

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Tagslandscape architecture, urban planning, park planning, pond dredging, bank stabilization,

A recent study in the Journal of American Planning shows that the number of students walking and biking to school has increased 30% due to programs like Safe Routes to School (SRTS). The study was conducted from 2007 to 2012, with data from 801 schools in Florida, Oregon, Texas and the District of Columbia.


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A public meeting for the City of Odessa's comprehensive plan was featured in the Odessa American and on Odessa local television stationKMID 2 and Freese and Nichols is helping the city update their comprehensive plan using...

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TheDowntown Design Review Board passed a resolution at a board meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5 to thank Kirk Millican, Architecture, Fort Worth for his service.

Kirk leaves the board after serving for six years. He was appointed in 2007 by former City...

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The Rotary Club of Nacogdoches invited Kevin St. Jacques, Urban Planning + Design, Dallas, as guest speaker to a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

He presented a program on livable communities, with emphasis on complete streets that incorporate safe bicycle and pedestrian usage. Kevin is an active member of the Complete Streets Coalition National Speaker's...

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TagsPlanning, urban planning, complete streets, livable communities, pedestrian safety, cyclist safety,

The Longview, Texas Comprehensive Plan, titled the Long View, has received extensive press coverage and participation from the community. The project has been covered by the Longview News-Journal and other local news outlets from the beginning, and a series in the News-Journal has broken down various facets of the plan, including parks, transportation, land use, housing and public facilities:

Tuesday, Oct. 21: ...

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Many people, landscape architects and personal gardeners alike, struggle to find flowers that don’t require excessive watering in the summertime. If you find yourself searching for low-water-requiring annual plants, remember the five Ps (pictured above; from left to right, top to bottom):

  1. Portulaca
  2. Purslane
  3. Petunia ('VIP' and ‘Laura Bush’ only)
  4. Perennial Phlox (‘John Fanick’ or ‘Victoria’)
  5. Periwinkle

These sun-loving annual plants tolerate the summer heat and don’t require as much water as other annuals do so you can keep the...

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TagsTips, urban planning, Texas plants, Texas gardening, landscape architecture, gardening, drought,