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Eric Kronberg is a zoning whisperer. He specializes in examining and demystifying zoning ordinances to find ways to make great projects possible and help others navigate through the zoning swamp.
Kronberg Wall’s projects have a lovely, authentic, grounded feel to them. You can imagine yourself inhabiting them. Nothing super slick. All of them super beautiful. And of course Kronberg Wall boasts a long list of achievements and awards.
Eric uses his skills for the force of good as a principal at Kronberg Wall, leading the firm’s pre-development efforts by combining skills in planning, development, architecture, and zoning. He leverages this potent cocktail to chart the course of best possibilities for each site’s redevelopment. His work with Kronberg Wall, the Incremental Development Alliance, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Georgia Conservancy, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has solidified his stance as an advocate for walkable and bikable communities.
Eric has also been deeply committed to community redevelopment for the past several decades. He has served as a community leader in roles of Vice-President, President, Zoning Chair, and now Zoning Guru Emeritus for the Edgewood Neighborhood in Atlanta, GA.
Together, on this podcast, Eve and Eric talk about the role of design, architects, zoning, conscious place-making and revitalization projects, all of which can advance the triple bottom line.
Insights and Inspirations
- A favorite quote by Charles Montgomery from the book, Happy City: “Great public space is a kind of magical good. It never ceases to yield happiness. It’s almost happiness itself.”
- Let’s demonize single family zoning everywhere. It’s a zoning type that doesn’t produce enough in taxes to cover the cost of infrastructure to support it. And only 20% of households are made up of mom, dad and the kids, looking for a house to live in.
- Density matters. We’ve got to change our land use laws.
- Don’t be too quick to pull down an old building. Elegant decay can be valuable.
- When you’re developing affordable housing, or on a budget, you need to find sites that have infrastructure, such as sidewalks, in place.
Information and Links
- Read the Kronberg Wall blog. Its goal is to help demystify issues like zoning, parking, mobility and housing choices, and to illustrate how they interrelate to make great places.
- If you want to learn to be a small-scale developer, turn to the Incremental Development Alliance who conduct training sessions for aspiring developers and cities. Look for one in your neck of the woods.
- Eric wants you to watch Urban3’s video, The Value of Downtown. He thinks it should be required watching for anyone who cares about cities.
Image courtesy of Kronberg Wall.