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?
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