Downtown San Diego’s East Village South Focus Plan – Draft

The following text and images comprise the East Village Draft Focus Plan released on July 30, 2016, including subsequent minor[Read More…]

A Planner’s Opportunity – Gender Neutral Facilities

The greatest challenge for anyone involved in planning for public use facilities and areas is in the factoring for the[Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Is San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square 2.0?

Downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park expansion opened last week . . . more or less.  Construction is not quite[Read More…]

Parking Management: San Diego Style (Part Two)

San Francisco has 23,000 metered parking spaces and sets prices using complex “demand-responsive rate adjustments.”  Around SF City Hall, for[Read More…]

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