By Howard Blackson and Don Leichtling – North Park is one of San Diego’s finest communities. It has many distinctive neighborhoods, with most containing block after block of beautiful bungalows of all varieties. It contains award winning schools, and every quarter-mile or so, neighborhood centers that contain great restaurants, small shops, brew pubs, and corner […]
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, and public transit use, Civic San Diego staff is recommending the approval of the expansion of a surface parking lot on the block bounded by F St. and 7th and 8th Ave. Additionally, they are […]
An invitation was emailed last week for a ground breaking ceremony to be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, at 10:00 AM for a new Pendry Hotel to replace the parking lot of 5th & J. The invitation was ground breaking in more than one way. This parking lot was the site of one of the […]
Interesting gas, fire, and water utility forms encountered walking from B St. to the Imperial Ave Trolley Station in downtown San Diego the other day . . . [click on any photo for slideshow]
An ugly side of redevelopment (RIP), a side rarely mentioned in all the self-laudatory hype, is the demolition. Too often its of historic structures, or structures that create the street-level fabric necessary for a walkable city. Too often its not even for a new structure but for surface parking,
I had lunch the other day with blogging and business development guru Chris Lema. Among the excellent tidbits of information I picked up was one about the use of images in blog posts / articles to increase visibility in search engines such as Google.
California State Assemblyman Ben Hueso has introduced Assembly Bill 654 to allow cities to charge higher fees for historic property owners to seek property tax abatements under the Mills Act. Initially, the bill required cities to charge more but it has since been modified to make higher fees permissive rather than mandatory.