For much of the last century, urban planning involved ever wider streets, both for major thoroughfares and for residential side streets. The justifications for this ever increasing road girth has ranged from emergency vehicle access to traffic flow. [Read more…] about One Simple Step to Suburban Street Slimming: Give it Away!
These days, a lot of projects are crashing through the gates of community plans and dashing existing neighborhood character under the banners of smart growth or transit oriented development. [Read more…] about 10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth
In the late 1800s, San Diego lost the race with Los Angeles to become the western terminus of a transcontinental railroad. [Read more…] about San Diego’s Railroad Deja Vu
On February 4, 2013, a San Diego Superior Court judge rejected the City’s plans to vacate traffic from Balboa Park, its historic central urban park, by building a “bypass bridge” and parking garage. The plans were preparation for the City’s centennial celebration of the 1915 Panama California Exposition, which first brought the Park worldwide recognition and resulted in most of its historic structures. [Read more…] about The Balboa Park Plaza de Panama Centennial Project is Dead: So Now What?
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, [Read more…] about San Diego’s Parking Lot Blight; Requiem for Redevelopment
San Diego — All aboard! Quest to restore historic San Diego streetcars gives local antique dealer chance to give back, beat cancer. [Read more…] about Part IV The Invisible City: re-imagining Paradise
San Diego — With the June 5, 2012 primary election less than two months away, candidates in the city’s mayoral race are competing for the top two spots advancing them towards the general election in the fall. [Read more…] about An Interview with San Diego Mayoral Candidate Nathan Fletcher
San Diego — Labeling prominent local architect Robert Mosher a modernist, while valid, is only scratching the surface of his aesthetic.
Click on the link below for an interesting article by Marco R. della Cava for Ambassador Magazine (National Italian American Foundation) about the evolution and current relevance of urban “Little Italy” neighborhoods in the U.S. The article prominently features UrbDeZine panelist Marco Li Mandri due to his [Read more…] about Are Little Italys Making a Comeback? by Marco R. della Cava, Ambassador Magazine (NIAF)
Lets face it, the role of city planning throughout history has not always been to achieve Owen’s Utopia: “To come to an arrangement which is advantageous to everyone, within a system which will permit continued and unlimited technical improvement.” It’s more the case that cities have served man’s most pressing needs whether that is exchange, worship, security, water supply or simply the fact that humans are “social animals” as Aristotle noted. I would surmise that cities are a reflection of broad social movements of their time and that our environments are outcomes of social evolution. [Read more…] about A Quick History of Planning