Who Hijacked La Mesa’s Trees?

La Mesa Streetscape Masterplan Figure 5

The City of La Mesa has cut down all the shade trees along its commercial mainstreet. This occurred as construction[Read More...]

Beware of Wall Street Schemes on Redevelopment

Illustration of Sample Transaction of Community Development Entity

With the demise of redevelopment in California, some cities are looking for creative ways to stay solvent. One idea is[Read More...]

One Block at a Time…

From Urban Renewal to Tactical Urban Tools

In an era of austerity when our bridges are falling, levees failing, and streets crumbling, cities are coming to the[Read More...]

Bill Fulton to speak at Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County on May 30th

Bill Fulton to speak to Alcohol Policy Panel San Diego County May 30, 2014

City of San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton, one of the most respected planning minds in the country, will speak[Read More...]

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...]

Land Use Planning Committee looking for Home after getting Axed by Gaslamp Board

Gaslamp Quarter south entrance

The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) board of directors has decided to rid itself of its Land Use Planning Committee (LUP).[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...]