The greatest challenge for anyone involved in planning for public use facilities and areas is in the factoring for the uncertainties of the future, short and long-term. We have all heard that “you don’t build the church for Easter Sunday.” We accept that there will be times when the design will not meet the capacities or timing or attraction for everyone at every time. [Read more…] about A Planner’s Opportunity – Gender Neutral Facilities
In Southern California we suffer greatly from suburbia myopia. This affliction prevents us from understanding what makes urban environments succeed. We all too often attempt to recreate what we value in our suburban neighborhoods without the understanding of what it takes establish and sustain these ideas, designs and initiatives in a dynamic urban setting. We have idealized visions of tranquil urban neighborhoods where we live, work and pursue artistic/academic endeavors that will transform the cultural wasteland post-industrialized American cities. [Read more…] about Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan – Vision for the Future or A Well Intentioned Waste of Money?
As humans we are always quick to rationalize or dismiss things that we no longer value. After all, the world doesn’t rotate the sun, it centers on us. We really can’t see the world through other eyes, so we make our judgments based on the most respected and qualified person we know, and it is us. [Read more…] about “Nobody Goes There Anymore, Its’ Too Crowded” – Yogi Berra
Whether it is the technological wonder machine managing multiple spaces or the steadfast ‘lollipop’ single head, parking meters are the quintessential urban foliage. Standing resolute, covered in stickers and improperly discarded gum, the parking meter brings order out of the chaos. It is all that stands between commercial desolation and economic success. [Read more…] about Urban Footprint 1: The Parking Meter
Mobile food trucks have been around for generations, but recently they have become more than the construction site “roach-coach,” featuring eclectic menus, organic pantries and sophisticated graphics. [Read more…] about Meals on Wheels