In Defense of Uncertainty

People-centric planning for Sustainability

Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic[Read More…]

The Value of Planning in the Age of Economics.

Public and private investments.

A city makes many investments, such as infrastructure improvements, life and safety services, and in their employees. To fund such,[Read More…]

6 Common Mistakes Made By Cities and Towns in Urban Renewal.

La Mesa Streetscape Masterplan Figure 5

For the last half century, cities have attempted to repair the damage to their urban cores from migration to suburbs[Read More…]

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…]