About Paul Crabtree

Civil Engineer and Urbanist. President of Crabtree Group, Inc. a full-service civil engineering firm formed in 1999.

What’s Wrong with this Picture? Porches and style=”font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif”>

There is a lot that is right about this picture, but two items detract from the aesthetics, value and livability. The street has good form and creates a good outdoor room that is created by the building walls and street trees. The sidewalk is separated from the drive lanes by a parking lane and parkway [...]

By |2019-10-10T11:34:42-08:00October 10th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on What’s Wrong with this Picture? Porches and style=”font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif”>

A HYDROLOGICAL METHODOLOGY FOR MODELLING THE BENEFITS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

A HYDROLOGICAL METHODOLOGY FOR MODELING THE BENEFITS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE The typical hydrology software packages are clunky when it comes to modeling the effects of Green Infrastructure (AKA Low Impact Development – LID, or Light Imprint). This is largely due to the distributed nature of the Green Infrastructure (GI) Best Management Practices (BMPs). The BMPs [...]

By |2019-08-29T14:39:52-08:00August 29th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on A HYDROLOGICAL METHODOLOGY FOR MODELLING THE BENEFITS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Shallotte Town Center Redevelopment

The Town of Shallotte is committed to enhancing its Central Business District as the economic, civic and cultural core of the community while activating the beautiful Shallotte River. As part of this commitment, the Town of Shallotte has contracted with the UNC School of Government's Development Finance Initiative (DFI) to conceive of and execute on [...]

By |2018-08-03T15:05:56-08:00June 27th, 2018|Land Development Planning and Engineering, Projects|Comments Off on Shallotte Town Center Redevelopment

Thompson’s Station SmartCode

Thompson's Station "Next Stop" form-based code public charrette designed a future regulatory plan for the fast-growing village. CGI provided street designs and other infrastructure services in support of the coding.

By |2018-06-27T11:30:43-08:00June 27th, 2018|Land Development Planning and Engineering, Projects, Zoning and Land Development Codes|Comments Off on Thompson’s Station SmartCode

Kennewick Airport Adaptive Reuse

Vista Field is an adaptive reuse redevelopment of a 103 acre former airfield in Kennewick, WA. CGI provided infrastructure designs during the public charrette. Designs and patterns were developed to reuse (rather than demolish) the runways and taxi ways to achieve significant savings.

By |2018-06-27T09:47:24-08:00June 27th, 2018|Land Development Planning and Engineering, Projects|Comments Off on Kennewick Airport Adaptive Reuse

Cobb Cavern Greenfield Traditional Neighborhood

Cobb Cavern is a greenfield eco-district masterplanned community on 1700 acres with three neighborhood centers. CGI provided conceptual infrastructure engineering and feedback during the design charrette.

By |2018-06-27T09:11:38-08:00June 27th, 2018|Land Development Planning and Engineering, Projects|Comments Off on Cobb Cavern Greenfield Traditional Neighborhood

Small Towns and Innovation Hubs: Or, Are Small Towns and Cities Doomed? A review of Enrico Moretti’s The New Geography of Jobs

Because I disagreed with the book premise, I read with great interest The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti. Moretti pronounces that innovation hubs are location-specific, need to be located in largish cities, and that your economy is majorly screwed if it is not an innovation hub. The premise is telling me that our [...]

By |2018-04-08T12:03:45-08:00April 8th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Small Towns and Innovation Hubs: Or, Are Small Towns and Cities Doomed? A review of Enrico Moretti’s The New Geography of Jobs

Understanding Climate Science

A goal to achieve a basic understanding of climate change science through brief and accessible readings is one of the largest conundrums of climate action. It’s a complex science that actually requires more than brief readings to achieve even a basic grounding. I’ve read a couple of dozen books on the subject, most of IPCC’s [...]

By |2018-01-24T10:59:00-08:00January 24th, 2018|Blog, Climate Change|Comments Off on Understanding Climate Science