Small Firm. Big Results.


The Walker Collaborative has elected to remain a small firm to allow it to take on planning projects that will have a high odds of implementation success. Of course, the firm’s approach to the project has an enormous impact upon the project’s ultimate success. 

TWC Principal Phil Walker has enjoyed a high rate of project success that is too extensive to document on a website. However, to provide just a glimpse of that success, here is a look at a few of the projects led by Walker.

Douglas Block Video

Douglas Block Neighborhood Plan • Rocky Mount, NC

In 2004, the City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, hired The Walker Collaborative to lead a consultant team in the preparation of a master plan to revitalize the Douglas Block. The results of the plan’s successful implementation are highlighted on this video.

Fiscal Impacts

In 2013, Smart Growth America commissioned a fiscal impact analysis of three real estate developments in Nashville to compare their financial benefits to the Nashville-Davidson County Metropolitan Government. The study determined that two of the three developments – The Gulch and Lenox Village – have yielded tremendous fiscal benefits at $115,720 per acre and $780 per acre, respectively. 

Natchez, MS • Downtown Master Plan

While serving as the Director of Planning for the Nashville Office of LRK Architects, The Walker Collaborative’s Phil Walker served as the Project Manager leading both projects. The third development studied by Smart Growth America (which Walker had no involvement with) is a sprawling suburban development that barely yielded any positive fiscal impacts at only $100 per acre.

Download The Fiscal Impact Analysis

{“The reason the City continuously hires The Walker Collaborative, even over the course of multiple political administrations, is because they do a good job. Phil is good at listening to his clients and the public in general, and he takes the time to understand the various existing conditions in a thorough manner. His solutions for our community always seem to be the most technically sound and pragmatic path to take, so we value his recommendations.”
David Bennett
City of Lookout Mountain, GA

“I enjoyed your session. Your presentation was streamlined so it was easy to follow and grasp concepts,
entertaining with your natural injection of humor, and you had excellent presence.
You really connected with your audience.”

Merideth Hildreth, AICP
Hillsboro, New Mexico

“From all accounts, The Walker Collaborative knows what it’s doing when the aim is downtown revitalization… What we like most about this process is the strong desire this organization has to get public input…
The Walker Collaborative seemed to truly care about getting local buy-in.”

Courier Staff
The Courier (Russellville, AR)

“You and your team did a fantastic job with this comprehensive plan.
It clearly reflects a high level of care on your part.
We feel like the City of Midway really got its money’s worth.”

Don Emmons
City of Midway, Georgia

“Philip and his team are sincerely nice people with no pretense –
a delight to be around and interact with.
I am looking forward to helping implement all the great ideas and images they created for our City.”

Denise Boswell, Ph.D.
Senior Planner, Planning and Development Services
City of Wilson, NC

“Phil’s charrette process exceeded our expectations… Phil and his team demonstrated an outstanding ability to work with anxious developers, interested property owners, and concerned neighbors. The caliber of Walker’s work was proven when the resulting Downtown and Riverfront Master Plan was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Planning Award from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association.”

Katherine E. Ennis, AICP
Planning Director
City of Northport, Alabama

“Mr. Walker assembled a talented team…that have dramatically changed the neighborhood for the better.
The plan has since been used as a model strategy for the revitalization
of other similar neighborhoods in Tupelo.”

Larry Otis
City of Tupelo, Mississippi

“Working with TWC on the Washington Drive District Plan was enjoyable and rewarding. Phil’s team was very qualified and easy to work with. The high-quality renderings made the plan catch people’s attention. The vision and strategies detailed in the written text inspired those who will implement it. Phil is very attentive, quick to respond, always willing to listen, and incorporate your ideas.”

G. Lee Burnette, AICP
Director, Planning & Development
High Point, North Carolina

“I can tell you project managers make all the difference in the overall success of major planning initiatives. Phil Walker provided leadership at every step of the project. He took the lead role in all public meetings, served as the key point of contact with the City, and oversaw all aspects of the planning process. He exhibited a high level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness.”

Joey Dunn, AICP
Director of Planning & Development Services
City of Bryan, Texas

“The Walker Collaborative did a tremendous job of helping to forge the initial vision for our heritage area. The economic study prepared by Phil Walker and persuasively presented by him in five communities throughout the region was instrumental in confirming the potential of our proposed heritage area and solidifying widespread political and public support.”

Kent Bain
Program Coordinator
Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance