Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth

La Mesa CA

In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density[Read More...]

When is a “Smart Growth” Project a “Trojan Horse”? – Park Station as a case study.

Park Station La Mesa

In the wake of California’s now defunct redevelopment program and the 2008 real estate collapse, examples abound of demolished or[Read More...]

Car Share: Bridge to Greater Transit Use for Car Lovin’ Southern California?

Car2Go Cabrillo Highway

As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting.  I took the trolley to work. I had[Read More...]

Why Downtown San Diego Pedestrians Stop for Cars More Than Any Other City and What to do About it.

San Diego small block street grid

San Diego’s downtown street grid and its small blocks make continuous walking difficult, especially for people trying to go in[Read More...]

Are Trees to Blame for the Lack of Shade in Southern California?

Mexican Fan Palms - Iconic of Southern California

Everyone loves trees in urban settings.  At least they love the concept of urban trees.

San Diego’s Mayoral Candidates on Walkable Neighborhoods: Walking the Walk or only Talking the Talk?

J Street looking East in Downtown San Diego

“Walkable neighborhoods” and “liveable streets” are terms that are receiving a lot of play these days.  San Diego’s special mayoral election[Read More...]

San Diego’s New Central Library – a visual tour

Lobby - San Diego New Central Library

The City of San Diego’s new Central Library was designed Rob Wellington Quigley and made possible by

Who Really Deposed San Diego’s Mayor and Nullified the 2012 Election?

Bob Filner Campaign for Mayor of San Diego - Historic Steetcar

By now, most of the nation is aware of San Diego’s mayoral scandal, which was reported in such national media[Read More...]

7 ways Portland is better than other cities – an outsider’s perspective.

Tanner Springs Park

Portland is widely acknowledged as an urban renewal success story.  So much so that it has become somewhat of a[Read More...]