Lakota Helps Sisters of BVM in Dubuque Plan for the Future

By The Lakota Group  |  April 23, 2014

 One of our more unique projects we’ve been working on for the past year or so has been in Dubuque, Iowa with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Sisters asked that Lakota help develop a plan that would preserve their 108-acre campus in ways that align with their values as they... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories

Mercy Donates Historic Home in Cedar Rapids MedQuarter to Couple

By The Lakota Group  |  April 23, 2014

For the past year, The Lakota Group has been working in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on developing a master plan for the newly-created MedQuarter district. While Lakota’s work on the master plan is nearing completion for the Self-Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), it looks like there is some other news taking place in the district. Recently,... Read More

Categories: In The News, Project Stories

Synthetic Turf’s Presence Grows in Winnetka

By The Lakota Group  |  August 29, 2013

A few weeks ago I attended the ribbon cutting for a project I worked on for the Winnetka Park District.  The project was the first portion of a Master Plan enhancement to the Park District’s Skokie Playfield complex.  It was very rewarding to see the project come to life as it had been a five... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories

The Famous Box Elder

By The Lakota Group  |  August 5, 2013

I opened up my July issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine and started flipping through the pages, looking for some cool designs and inspiration. After reading a few articles, I turned the page and saw some wire trees. I said to myself, ‘This is cool–I did the same type of thing as my first project in... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research

Photos: Lakota Hosts Happy Hour for APA Conference

By The Lakota Group  |  April 17, 2013

The American Planning Association recently held its national conference in Chicago and for the special occasion, we held a happy hour to bring together our friends in the planning world. While the location of the event was originally planned for our office courtyard, we moved it inside because it was a tad bit chilly (just... Read More

Categories: Around the Office

Art-o-mat in the ‘Cloud

By The Lakota Group  |  April 10, 2013

Recently, a group of us from Lakota were in St. Cloud, Minnesota, kicking off a Comprehensive Placemaking process. It was an intense, but great, week. We met with a diverse spectrum of people through a range of formal and informal settings. For much of the week we were camped out in a vacant storefront on... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, Project Stories

Challenges and Opportunities of Integrating “Green” into Ordinances

By The Lakota Group  |  April 2, 2013

As the desire to incorporate sustainable initiatives into homes, businesses and developments grows, local governments often find that their ordinances did not anticipate these new practices. While certain practices require completely new language, others—such as rain barrels and light shelves—may be restricted by unintentional barriers within existing ordinances. Daniel Grove, Lakota associate principal, will present... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research

Mastering the Main Street Revitalization Approach

By The Lakota Group  |  April 1, 2013

The grassroots Main Street Four-Point Approach, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has helped revitalize traditional commercial districts in small towns, suburbs, and urban neighborhoods across the country over the last three decades. Lakota vice president, Nick Kalogeresis, who spent 10 years working for the National Trust Main Street Center as a program... Read More

Categories: Ideas + Research, In The News, Project Stories

Transit-Oriented Downtown Evanston

By The Lakota Group  |  April 1, 2013

Abutting Chicago’s North Side, Evanston has developed a reputation as a desirable, transit-oriented community that promotes economic growth without compromising its unique sense of place. For the APA’s National Planning Conference being held in Chicago from April 13-17, Kevin Clark, Lakota Group vice president, will give a tour of Evanston’s mixed-used downtown and will talk... Read More

Categories: Around the Office, Ideas + Research, In The News

Reinvigorating Oak Park through Public Investment

By The Lakota Group  |  April 1, 2013

What is the long-term value of investing in high-quality public spaces? And what impact do public infrastructure improvements have on private investment and placemaking? Daniel Grove, associate principal at The Lakota Group, and Scott Freres, principal/president, will be giving a tour of historic Marion Street in Oak Park for the National American Planning Association Conference... Read More

Categories: Awards + Accolades, Ideas + Research, In The News, Project Stories