CSL 120814 White-cropGreat cities are comprised of great neighborhoods, villages, commercial districts, and mixed-use corridors. The art of creating great places is the art of creating cities. Inspired by the food blogs that my wife routinely finds the most amazing recipes from, this site is intended to provide a healthy dose of recipes for improving places, one part musings and thoughts, and a dash of inspiration using success stories from around the globe.

Craig Lewis is a Principal with Stantec, an international design consulting firm, and is located in their Charlotte office. At Stantec, he is a national leader with the Urban Places Group, where he helps public, private, non-profit and institutional clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns, neighborhoods, and suburban centers. He is widely regarded for his expertise in urban design, placemaking, and form-based codes. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a LEED Accredited Professional, and is an accredited member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-A). He has been recognized in the 2010 Class of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, received the 2013 Community Sustainability Award from Sustain Charlotte, and is a signatory on the Charter of the New Urbanism.

He and his family reside in Davidson, NC (home of Davidson College) where they enjoy all the benefits of high quality, small town urbanism and a WalkScore of 67.

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