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…]

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.

Proposed short term rental regulations: An example of zoning abuse.

I’ve been watching the nationwide anti-short term rental movement unfold in my home city of San Diego.  Some neighborhoods are[Read More…]

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…]

What is San Diego’s identity?

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

Demo for Parking – They’re at it Again in Downtown San Diego!

Despite community plan policies disfavoring surface parking and encouraging the retention of fine grain development, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, and encouraging walking, biking,[Read More…]

How Communities can Benefit from Private Development in California

There is a building boom across California, but many communities have been historically left behind. Property tax increment has served[Read More…]

Downtown San Diego by Bike – changes coming

With vibrant neighborhoods, gentle terrain, the Big Bay and year round sunshine, Downtown San Diego figures to be on every[Read More…]

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