In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density and proximity to transit corridors sometimes overshadow all other considerations. Zoning and Community plans years in the making, with wide participation, are now being viewed by some property owners and city officials as obsolete and vulnerable. Local residents are increasingly resentful as they experience frontal assaults to the scale and character of their neighborhoods – the essence of how they identify with their neighborhoods. [Read more…] about Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth
As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting. I took the trolley to work. I had a meeting in Mission Valley but not near the trolley Line.
[Read more…] about Car Share: Bridge to Greater Transit Use for Car Lovin’ Southern California?
San Diego’s downtown street grid and its small blocks make continuous walking difficult, especially for people trying to go in a straight line. Jogging is even more difficult. The blocks are 200 by 300 feet. Among major cities, only Portland has smaller blocks at 200 by 200 feet. [Read more…] about Why Downtown San Diego Pedestrians Stop for Cars More Than Any Other City and What to do About it.
Everyone loves trees in urban settings. At least they love the concept of urban trees.
[Read more…] about Are Trees to Blame for the Lack of Shade in Southern California?
“Walkable neighborhoods” and “liveable streets” are terms that are receiving a lot of play these days. San Diego’s special mayoral election is no exception. [Read more…] about San Diego’s Mayoral Candidates on Walkable Neighborhoods: Walking the Walk or only Talking the Talk?
The City of San Diego’s new Central Library was designed Rob Wellington Quigley and made possible by [Read more…] about San Diego’s New Central Library – a visual tour
By now, most of the nation is aware of San Diego’s mayoral scandal, which was reported in such national media outlets as CNN, Chris Mathews Hardball, New York Times, etc. and included international legal gadfly Gloria Allred elbowing her way onto center stage. Former 10 term congressman Bob Filner had been Mayor of San Diego only 6 months before it all came to an inglorious and undemocratic end. The conventional wisdom is that the Mayor was accused by 18 women of sexual harassment leading to his resignation. [Read more…] about Who Really Deposed San Diego’s Mayor and Nullified the 2012 Election?
Portland is widely acknowledged as an urban renewal success story. So much so that it has become somewhat of a mecca for planners and others interested in urban redevelopment, visiting the city for inspiration and understanding. [Read more…] about 7 ways Portland is better than other cities – an outsider’s perspective.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal announced “Skyscraper Builders Reach for the Stars Once Again.” Among other things, the article discussed the fact that most of the world’s tallest buildings were now existing and planned in the Middle East and China. [Read more…] about Tall Towers: For Winners or Wannabes?