I got a phone call today from Eric Brown, a colleague in Savannah. Eric is a long time CNU member and member of the New Urban Guild. He said he would really try to make it to the Small Developer Boot Camp in Duncanville in August, Atlanta in October for sure. He told me about the "missing tooth" sites he sees everyday in Savannah, the spots that just need one or two straightforward buildings to transform the block. Eric has designed a lot of those "workhorse buildings" over the years. I'm a big fan of his work as an Architect.
He said that he wants to start putting some of those buildings out as open source building types, similar to what David Kim and I have been doing with the 4F and the Single Stair Walk-up. Eric recognizes that there is a big demand for incremental development if folks can work out the business model that lets them make a living working at a smaller, more local scale and he is stepping up to help them figure it out.
A bright spot in what had been a tough day. So here's to Eric Brown, a real stand up guy. If you see him at the Dallas or Atlanta Boot Camps, please buy him a beer.