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...]

Why Downtown San Diego Pedestrians Stop for Cars More Than Any Other City and What to do About it.

San Diego small block street grid

San Diego’s downtown street grid and its small blocks make continuous walking difficult, especially for people trying to go in[Read More...]

Little Italy Issues it’s Annual Report

Little Italy Association Annual Report FY2013

Here is our latest annual report. Enjoy.   Little Italy Association Annual Report FY2013

San Diego County’s Most Walkable City

La Mesa Village

Walk San Diego rated La Mesa as 2013′s most walkable city in San Diego County.  The number one reason for[Read More...]

San Diego’s Mayoral Candidates on Walkable Neighborhoods: Walking the Walk or only Talking the Talk?

J Street looking East in Downtown San Diego

“Walkable neighborhoods” and “liveable streets” are terms that are receiving a lot of play these days.  San Diego’s special mayoral election[Read More...]

Convention Center expansion too damaging to coastal access?

The California Coastal Commission Report states some compelling reasons for denying San Diego’s planned expansion of convention center.   The[Read More...]