I believe it was in 2000 that I first met David Dixon, head of the planning practice at Boston’s Goody Clancy architects. We were both part of a forum in Boston and, as I recall, David was a bit late, rushing both from and to other meetings besides ours. (I eventually learned that David’s characteristic rushing about is because he so thoroughly loves his work that he simply cannot say no to more of it.) Later that year, we were seated together at dinner, at another forum. Before long, we became great friends and have been working together and sharing life views ever since.
Next month, David and his colleagues at Goody Clancy will be lauded by the American Planning Association as this year’s honorees for “national planning excellence by a planning firm.” It’s only the latest in an amazing – and amazingly long – list of awards that David and his colleagues have earned over the years, but also a special one. This makes it an especially good time to ask David some questions about cities, neighborhoods, and sustainability.