A fresh pulpo (octopus) tostada is exotic enough to take anyone’s palette on a journey. I recently had the opportunity to join a group of 15 young land use professionals from San Diego for a day of discovery and delight in our sister city, Tijuana, Mexico, on a hot, dry August afternoon. It begins with the new pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro, which is as sterile and contrasting to the vibrant life beyond as it gets. The long walk down the crossing feels like a transformation, one that is deeply experiential. Once on ‘the other side’, it is clear that a revitalization is underway. There dust in the air from all the construction, as a new wave of entrepreneurs look to transform this young city through creative mixed-use projects, design and cuisine. [Read more…] about Three great things happening now in downtown Tijuana, Baja California
Arts & Culture
The idea for grand pedestrian routes through downtown San Diego is not new. In 1908, John Nolen famously had vision of a Promenade from Balboa Park to San Diego Bay along what is now Cedar Street. Just imagine how that would be today if it had been implemented 100 years ago, with the beautiful County Administration Building at the bottom of the gentle hill from Park to Bay. Sometimes I think ‘so many opportunities lost’ should be San Diego’s motto.
But, in the fertile minds of planners, this idea hasn’t died. Now, they are being called Green Streets, and six are planned for downtown. [Read more…] about A New Grand Pedestrian Promenade Through Downtown San Diego?
Who are the homeless of San Diego? Yearly reports from several agencies reveal tragic glimpses of the humans everyone labels home-less. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of History, so I used to be just as jaded and callous as other people who always assumed the lot would always consist of the stereotypes: criminal offenders, the mentally ill, the infirm, addicts and other varieties of outcasts. [Read more…] about Urban Street Symbols: Hidden Messages in the Metropolis
First, an update:
Since my first Op Ed for UrbDeZine, I’ve made the successful transition in careers I aimed to achieve: on December 21st, 2016 I celebrated my graduation as a Peer Support Specialist, a position that requires lived experience and empathy to assist and empower peers in their transition to wellness from mental challenges. [Read more…] about San Diego Architectural Foundation’s Open House tour with Orlando
Barrio Logan is little known to most San Diegans – beyond being a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood near downtown. Yet it is one of San Diego’s most historically significant and culturally important neighborhoods.
Save Our Heritage Organization, September 2nd, 10:30 PM- 11:45 PM, Past & Presence Ghost Tour.
San Diego Architectural Foundation, September 4th, 2016, 8:00 AM, O & O 2016 People’s Choice Event.
Save Our Heritage Organization, June 18th, 2016, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Old House Fair.
Urban Land Institute, June 22nd, 2016, 9:00 AM- 10:0 AM Developing Distinctively Different Multifamily Rental Properties: Two Case Studies. [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar, June 18th, 2016-June 30th, 2016
Save Our Heritage Organization, June 4th, 2016, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Singing with the FaSoLa Singers.
New School of Architect and Design, June 8th, 2016, 7:00 PM, LECTURE SERIES: THOMAS ALBRIGHT. [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar June 4th- June 14th, 2016
San Diego History Center, March 31st, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Balboa History Stroll.
East Village South focus plan workshop, part 2, April 2, 2016, 9:30 AM to noon, [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar March 20th-April 12th, 2016