I am a Minneapolis-based writer and communications specialist with a learned passion for urban design, architecture, sustainability, the fine arts, and just about any discipline that is committed to improving the public realm and creating more equity in our built environment. 

As a freelance consultant, I partner with design firms, arts institutions and non-profits to craft stories and elevate brands. Whether such stories are told through the lens of sustainable development, smart growth, community engagement, design innovation, social & economic equity, or some combination thereof, I apply a versatile skillset and professional background to understand your audience and find the right voice.

As an independent writer, I enjoy exploring topics that touch on unique facets of the world around us. My writing has covered housing policy, transportation, urban planning, issues related to climate change, and all things along the margins. 

I am always eager to connect with established leaders and emerging visionaries in any field.

Contact me: justinrwolf@gmail.com

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Remembering Kristen Richards

A tribute to Kristen Richards. Writers and critics on the role she played in helping build and sustain design culture.
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At the Intersection of Critical Race Theory & Urban Planning

Critical Race Theory is ultimately about reframing the narrative—and to that end, consider that the issues touched on by urban planning are, at the end of the day, associated with positive rights, like access to food, shelter, clean air, reliable transit, healthcare, education, and public space.
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The American Car Dealership Is Doomed

Considering that the average dealership has a floor area of about 21,000 square feet, that equals roughly 383.5 million square feet of retail space devoted to selling one type of product, and that doesn’t include the acres of parking and storage that are often part of these behemoths. Given these figures, it should concern nearly every community in the country that this is dead real estate walking.
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How Do We Solve America’s Housing Crisis?

The saga of the American suburb is a long one, often stained by blatant acts of poor planning, bad design, and outright racism. But the suburbs are key to the housing crisis conversation because fixing (not “abolishing”) the American suburb is a big part of the solution, whatever that may be.
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