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

{“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

“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

“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

“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

“Phil is a pleasure to work with and for. He is committed to giving his clients
everything they seek while providing high-quality professional recommendations and plans.
He is always seeking the best in colleagues and consultants, as well.”

Ron Emrich
Former Executive Director
Preservation New Jersey

“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

“… the City hired The Walker Collaborative (TWC) to craft a detailed revitalization strategy in 2013… Issues addressed included uses and development along the Coosa River … Although budgets are tight, we have used the plan to make steady progress in revitalizing the district… The City of Wetumpka was quite pleased with the services and end product provided by The Walker Collaborative.”

J. David Robison, AICP
Planning & Program Director
City of Wetumpka, AL

Downtown Planning for Smaller and Midsize Communities is excellent for anyone working in revitalization. The book covers all of the aspects that help create a healthy downtown and a successful revitalization strategy. It’s the big picture of what makes a downtown function and the importance of having a plan. It reminded me what initially interested me about the field.”

Jeff Siegler, CMSM
Ohio Main Street Program

“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

“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