Governmental Policy and the Creation of Vibrant Rural Communities

By Cade W. Sterling, MLA  |  January 25, 2017

How does the government define rural, and how can allies of the built environment challenge the incoming administration to continue and advance programs and policies that have strengthened and maintained rural character and sense of place? The U.S. Census Bureau simply defines rural as, “areas that are not urban–that is, after defining individual urban areas,... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

Empower your Community with These Three Strategies

By Cassandra Ann  |  January 11, 2017

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” — Margaret J. Wheatley As communities’ Allies in Place, we strive to help our clients and their constituents discover those things they care about most, and develop plans that make them come to fruition. We continually look to add to... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories

The Newsiest of News Around Lakota

By Becky Hurley  |  November 20, 2016

Out with the warm weather but in with more new hires at Lakota! We are absolutely thrilled to announce the newest additions to our growing Team: MARISA SHULZ, an experienced urban designer, planner, and writer, joins us as our first Marketing + Brand Director.  Marisa was most recently on the faculty at DePaul’s Chaddick institute... Read More

Categories: Uncategorized

In the Community, In the News

By Marisa Schulz  |  November 9, 2016

Lakota has been in the news again, engaging with suburban communities outside both Chicago and Milwaukee—and those conversations are yielding real results: ACTIVE TOSA: Lakota is leading the effort to create a Recreational Master Plan for Wauwatosa, a community near Milwaukee, WI. Our work, which will address the future of the parks, trails, open spaces, and recreation... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories

Lakota’s New Look: New Brand, New Vibe

By Becky Hurley  |  October 1, 2016

We at Lakota pride ourselves on being able to listen to folks, synthesize what we hear about their values, histories and goals, and then pull it all together into a creative whole. So when faced with the need to take a deep look at our own Lakota brand, it was a rare chance to sit... Read More

Categories: Around the Office

Milwaukee Redux – the 2016 Main Street Now Conference

By Nick Kalogeresis  |  June 2, 2016

Every morning this past month of May, I’ve mistakenly typed “mainst” into my laptop computer password field at work. Such an annoying occurrence — it was my old password from the laptop I had while working for the National Main Street Center so many years ago. But I know why I was doing it —... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research

In the (Partner) Spotlight with the Millennium Reserve

By Becky Hurley  |  February 4, 2016

The Lakota Group has been featured as a Partner Spotlight on the Millennium Reserve Website. President Scott Freres explains how Lakota embodies an “ally” mentality, while VP Sarah White emphasizes the importance of public engagement in Lakota’s process, which, Sarah says, is all about “trying to find common ground between people with different perspectives. Our work... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, In The News

Lakota’s Gateway Master Plan Makes the News

By Becky Hurley  |  January 15, 2016

The Lakota Group’s work to create a cohesive and community-supported vision for the Forest Preserve of Cook County was recognized yesterday by Doug T. Graham of the Daily Herald. “Although designs for the gateways have not been completed, the goal is for them to convey a sense of welcome, interest, safety and beauty, according to... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories

Historic Preservation: An Integral Ingredient in Solving the Contemporary Urban Plight

By The Lakota Group  |  October 8, 2015

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Categories: Ideas + Research, In The News

Tactical Urbanism, Sunnyside-Up!

By The Lakota Group  |  September 4, 2015

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Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research, Project Stories