Lively and livable communities begin with the people, culture, environment and character of a particular place. No two places have exactly the same combination of these assets, so no two communities are exactly alike. But the experiences of each individual community provide insights that can inform the choices and decisions of other communities. Strategic Community Solutions brings the insights from past work with cities, regions and organizations to each new project and client. In addition, Karen Walz travels widely in the US and around the world. Her travel provides additional unique perspectives on the features that make communities desirable, distinctive, sustainable, and successful. These perspectives contribute to the expertise shared through Karen’s work with clients and in the professional planning community.

Enjoy Karen’s reflections about some unique global places – Panama’s Soberania Rainforest; Paucartambo, Peru; the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona; and Stanford University.