Redesigning Our City Streets

Posted on Aug 2, 2017 in community, Gig Harbor

Featured in the August 2017 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis The City of Gig Harbor is currently re-imagining its transportation plan and you are invited to take part in the process! The first two public workshops took place in June and were named pop-up studios. On June 22, the public […]

Reinventing Retail: Creating Community Destinations

Featured in the June 2017 issue of Gig Harbor Living Local by Brett Marlo DeSantis Recent national articles have posed the question: Are Malls Over? Think about it. According to the New York Times, approximately one in ten Americans work in the retail industry. Here in Gig Harbor, our population explodes (practically doubling) every day […]

Spurring Solar Power in the South Sound

Featured in the September 2016 Issue of Gig Harbor Living Local By Brett Marlo DeSantis Photographs courtesy of Synergy Electric & Technology How strong is solar in the Puget Sound region? You may be surprised to hear that we receive more sunlight here, in western Washington, than the world leader in installed solar capacity. That’s […]

Shelter: Survival, Sense of Place + Social Status (Part 2)

By Brett Marlo DeSantis All living things on this planet need a form of shelter to survive. A fairly simple concept—shelter—something that forms a place of protection. Yet the subject is far from simple. How do we meet our basic needs in today’s built environment? We have become a somewhat static civilization. Most of our […]

An Intentional Way of Life

February 2016 Issue GHLL By Brett Marlo DeSantis Ravish natural resources, manufacture toxic things, produce more and more stuff with a less skilled workforce, developing a world of waste requiring rules and regulations to protect us from the stuff we have brought into being. Was this the intention of the Industrial Revolution? Industrialists were eager […]

Hemp as Building Material, Part 2

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Hemp as Building Material Part 2 From doubting to touting By Brett Marlo DeSantis It is environmentally friendly, easy to use and long lasting. How does hemp become a real building material? In 1938, Popular Mechanics Magazine reported: From the farmer’s point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from […]

Transport yourself…

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

Gain time, relax and enjoy your trip. By Brett Marlo DeSantis Will you peddle a bike? Or go for a hike? Would you forgo your car if the trip was not far? Would you get on a bus if it wasn’t a fuss? Take a trip on a trolley, and bring your friend Wallie? Every […]

Are you certifiable?

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis It’s in our history and nature to award a decorative object as a sign of our success. Today, we give every child a ribbon because they gave it try. They practiced and participated. It’s showing up that takes the most effort, right? I’m currently a soccer mom, and I want a […]

Think BIG, design small.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis Hopefully, by now you have read my columns on tiny houses and ADUs, and feel well-informed on some viable small building BIG living options. So let’s talk about the importance of design. It is critical in small spaces. Whether designing tiny, small or compact, time expended in the initial planning and […]

Is your home really a good investment?

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in inspiring INvironmentalism

By Brett Marlo DeSantis The average American is getting older and the average American household is getting smaller. Most of us want to age-in-place where we developed our social connections and invested in our community. We are looking for financially sustainable lifestyles as solutions. And luckily, for some of us, ADUs are that answer. An […]