California tributes to the Confederacy – why Gov. Brown is wrong

On October 11, 2015, Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill 539, which would have removed Confederate names from government buildings in[Read More…]

How TV weather reporters are aiding and abetting climate change

On June 2, 2015, San Diego’s independent TV station KUSI set aside a segment of their weather report to editorialize[Read More…]

Are cities building too many parks and plazas in their downtowns? The experts weigh in . . .

Jane Jacobs wasn’t bullish on urban parks.  She preferred active sidewalks. In her classic urban planning (sociology?) book, The Death[Read More…]

The unofficial glossary of Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities

Thirty years into my passion for urbanism, I’m just finishing my first read, I’m embarrassed to admit, of Jane Jacobs’s The[Read More…]

Four aesthetic reasons to landscape with native plants

The justifications for the use of native plants in landscapes usually center on environmental reasons. The reasons run the gamut[Read More…]

California lawmakers seek local oversight of downtown planning

California lawmakers have approved a bill that establishes oversight of elected officials over planning decisions of development corporations, such as that in downtown San Diego.

The Missing Link to Unsprawling: Bipedal Shortcuts

Wheels are vastly different than legs.  Give wheels smooth, wide, straight, and solid turf, and they can reach speeds not[Read More…]

Zoning for Trader Joe’s – is there a better way?

Trade Joe’s stores are so popular that zoning laws are drafted to accommodate them while keeping out competitors, and communities[Read More…]

Are the NFL Chargers causing the NCAA Aztecs to lose?

Are the San Diego National Football League (NFL) Chargers causing the San Diego State University Aztecs football team to lose[Read More…]

What is San Diego’s identity?

While in Paris, Landscape architect David McCullough pondered San Diego’s identity. He offers an opinion.

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