In Southern California we suffer greatly from suburbia myopia. This affliction prevents us from understanding what makes urban environments succeed. We all too often attempt to recreate what we value in our suburban neighborhoods without the understanding of what it takes establish and sustain these ideas, designs and initiatives in a dynamic urban setting. We have idealized visions of tranquil urban neighborhoods where we live, work and pursue artistic/academic endeavors that will transform the cultural wasteland post-industrialized American cities. [Read more…] about Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan – Vision for the Future or A Well Intentioned Waste of Money?
Wheels are vastly different than legs. Give wheels smooth, wide, straight, and solid turf, and they can reach speeds not even legs attached to a cheetah can reach. This is particularly true when the turf is wide enough to support four wheels connected to a mechanical engine. On the other hand, legs can climb stairs, step over obstacles, negotiate narrow spaces, and take their cargo places wheels can’t go at any speed. Legs can travel a short and straight line where wheels require a lengthy zig-zag route. [Read more…] about The Missing Link to Unsprawling: Bipedal Shortcuts
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.
San Diego – “They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And they put up a parking lot” – Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi, 1970. [Read more…] about Demolition and Paving Downtown for Surface Parking Continues
San Diego – The term grid, as used in this article, doesn’t refer to the electricity grid, as does the common use of the term these days. Rather it refers to the street grid. In particular, it refers to the uniform 200′ x 300′ alley-less blocks that make up downtown San Diego. In as much as this article is an exploration of pedestrian oriented deviations from the street grid, I considered entitling it “off the grid” but concluded the term was overused and had too strong a connection to the electricity grid, and thus would simply annoy those looking for articles on that topic.
San Diego – The first meeting to plan for a car-free days event in San Diego will take place this Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 3pm, at Lestat’s Coffee House on 3343 Adams Ave. From the Facebook event page:
This is a meeting of like minded individuals who would like to see a sunday parkways type event in San Diego. This would close down at least a three mile loop in San Diego neighborhoods twice a month for cyclists, skaters, and walkers—only no cars. Feel free to invite anyone who you think would be of help to our goals. This is to be the first of many meetings. The goal is to show up in mass with a clear and concise road map of what we want to do.