Anybody remember this movie? Based on a book by Philip Wylie, it started with the thoughtful gaze of astronomers using science and telescope technology to protect us. The trouble was, they observed a planet (Zyra?) hurtling towards us and presaging the impending doom of all on earth. Lucky for us, the collision that I have been observing is much less likely to wipe out all the dinosaurs or destroy the planet. (Don’t doubt that there are still dinosaurs – they just walk and talk like mammalians.) [Read more…] about When Worlds Collide (air quality) – Observations from the Brownfield Trenches
Over the last few weeks, a vocal swath of San Diego has been quite polarized about large and small investors perhaps changing the nature of local communities thru the ongoing rental of homes principally in our coastal neighborhoods for profit. News reports have shown ‘for’ and ‘against’ waging this debate on the overall feel and makeup of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and elsewhere. This certainly is a debate worth having. [Read more…] about Pace of Sea Level Rising Quickly – Disaster Looms for Coastal San Diego
The large amount of precipitation California received this winter – enough to end the five year drought in many areas of the state – has been widely reported in the news media. Northern California even had its wettest year on record. Additionally, snow pack – tracked since 1941 at the 6,800 altitude Phillips Station near Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada – has been well above average consistently since February through the date of this article. [Read more…] about The bad news inside the good news about the end of California’s drought.
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
Bob is a retired New York City fireman. Injured on the job, he went into retirement decades ago. There is pain, decades worth. But there is also time, far too much of it – the kind you must figure out what to do with rather than watch yourself wither. For Bob and so many in our community, there comes a vivid, life-encapsulating story about dusting yourself off and then pushing up from a powerfully magnetic couch.
Having invested a billion and a half dollars of public funds in downtown redevelopment, it is worth asking if it helped or hindered in solving the affordable housing crisis that San Diego faces. From the catalytic start of downtown’s boom with the construction of the ballpark to the unceremonious demise of tax increment financing under Governor Brown, there has been a lot of change. [Read more…] about How San Diego’s downtown housing supply boom is making rent less affordable
In my last post, I mentioned a couple of tips and things to think about when getting ready to cycle down the Pacific Coast Highway – [Read more…] about The Pacific Coast for the Everyday Explorer: A Cyclist’s Packing Guide (Part II)
The future is urban. Per the World Bank, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. A vision of and plan for housing this mind-boggling percentage is crucial. And that was precisely the task undertaken at the October 2016 meeting of the UN-Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador. The conference produced what will surely be a crucial document, the New Urban Agenda (the complete text can be found in PDF here). [Read more…] about UN advocates a more disorderly urban form in New Urban Agenda document and Quito Papers film
One crucial aspect of contemporary debates on spatial politics, socioeconomic stratification, and immigration is the issue of public transit. Prior to the question of a person’s right to be in a city (or supposed lack thereof in the case of undocumented immigrants), there is the question of a city’s duty to provide feasible means for moving around in its space. Albeit mundane, it is a key factor determining a person’s economic and educational opportunities, to name only two. And it hardly bears mentioning, but moving around in San Diego all but requires a car. [Read more…] about Public Transit as a Social Justice Issue
Lately, it seems that more and more often one runs into a Phase I report for a property that has already been through some assessment and remediation. That is, after all, the status of many a completed brownfield project. It’s been my unfortunate experience that only a few of today’s Phase I drafters know what to do with that situation. Let’s climb into the Wayback Machine and remind ourselves what the heck a Phase I is and why we do it. [Read more…] about Observations from the Brownfield Trenches: The Phase I Report