Córdoba has been the most fascinating place I’ve been this year from a planning perspective – beyond Mexico City’s beautiful parks and bright colors, beyond Bogota’s bike infrastructure, beyond Lima’s coastal park network, Córdoba had me intrigued at all times. We all knew as we approached May that it would be a quieter month for […]Read more "Month 05: Córdoba"
Graffito, as it exists today, remains a work in progress – it will be so forever. But one thing is for sure, it’s become increasingly a team effort. And collectively as we chart our path forward one thing remains from our earliest days — part of our core competency is leasing retail space for our […]Read more "From 36,609 ft @ 450 mph (headed towards LAS)"
Incredible sunsets, the beach, pisco sours, unbelievably fresh ceviche… Add Lima to the list of cities that have pleasantly surprised just about all of us. We’ve been based in the posh town called Miraflores, which is part of the district of Lima. Miraflores borders the beach and has all kinds of lovely neighborhoods with parks, […]Read more "Month 04: Lima"
If there’s one thing we really emphasize at Graffito it’s that our approach is a little different from most because of the inside-outside nature of what we do and how we think. We consider so much about the ground floor of a single space or an entire multi-anchor development or neighborhood, but not just the […]Read more "Month 03: Medellin"
Here are a few quick thoughts from back in 2010, musing on cupcakes and cupcake shops. Interesting as we continue to think about how trends in food retail come and go. Cupcake shops have boomed in LA and NYC over the past half decade and the fad has come to Boston/Cambridge of late in a […]Read more "different trends, same thoughts"
In urban planning school, we learn a lot about Bogota because of some really progressive policies enforced by mayor Enrique Peñalosa, which prioritized the poorer populations, pedestrians, and people who bike. I was so excited to come to Bogota and see these policies in action and from a planning perspective, Bogota did not disappoint. There […]Read more "Month 02: Bogota"
Hola from Mexico City! I’m writing from an incredible cafe called Blend Space, with a beautiful coffee bar and a retractable roof that allows a tree to grow in the middle of this semi-open space. This cafe is a hidden gem, totally unassuming at first glance from the street, which is how I feel about […]Read more "Month 01: Mexico City"