Open letter to San Diego Port Commission about “world class waterfront” development proposals

Dear Chairman Merrifield and Commissioners: On behalf of the San Diego Environment + Design Council, we are submitting the following[Read More…]

A Heartfelt Emergency Housing Plan for the San Diego Housing Commission

As a homeless man in San Diego for the past two years, I’ve had time to research important bits of[Read More…]

Why Gov. Brown’s housing plan is bad for planning

Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across[Read More…]

A few ways to reduce carbon emissions from traffic congestion in San Diego without more roads or rails

Earlier this year the city unveiled an updated plan to combat climate change, the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP).  It[Read More…]

5 Gadgets that Make Sleeping Under the Stars a Real Treat

Last month, I accepted the challenge to camp out for a total of 31 nights between May and September. It’s[Read More…]

Overpassing the value of public space

Our failure to cultivate the value and quality of our public spaces and public life is found in the fact when people want to be heard, seen, and get their message out to as many people as possible, they now gather on freeway bridge overpasses… for its on the freeways where everyone else can be found today, and not on our public street corners and squares.

Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan – to Council June 21st

After months of discussion and several revisions, the Downtown Mobility Plan goes to the San Diego City Council on June[Read More…]

An Inside View of Homelessness in San Diego

I’m Orlando Barahona and this is the first account of my experiences as a homeless man in San Diego. One[Read More…]

Should we plan for families in the ‘new’ city?

What happens when the tech star millennial gives up on tinder and falls in love and chooses to have a family? Can they build off of their success and keep their ‘experience driven’ lifestyle in the heart of the city or do they now need to move to, at best, the ‘uburbs’ or at worst, the suburbs?

A Football Stadium in East Village? Not so Fast

At first glance, the recent East Village Convadium proposal has many appealing qualities: it is an attractive, modern complex with[Read More…]

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