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About Bill Adams

Bill Adams is the founder and chief editor of UrbDeZine. He is also a partner in the San Diego law firm of Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP. He has been involved with land use and urban renewal for nearly 25 years, both as a professional and as a personal passion. He currently sits on the Boards of San Diego Historic Streetcars, The San Diego Architectural Foundation, The Food and Beverage Association of San Diego County, and The Gaslamp Quarter Association Land Use Planning Committee.

Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP is a boutique land use firm which handles a wide range of land and building related matters, from permitting to litigation, including:

- Discretionary use applications and appeals, including alcoholic beverage sales, entertainment, industrial, social services, educational, hospitality, etc.
- Zoning variances
- Municipal code and regulatory amendments
- Litigation, including eminent domain, access and easements, CEQA, environmental, and preservation
Professional website: www.nmalawfirm.com

K – 8 Charter School Proposes Move to New Campus in East Village San Diego

Urban Discovery Academy

The Urban Discovery School, currently located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood just north of downtown San Diego, is proposing a[Read More...]

Revised 11th & Broadway Pinnacle Project in Design Review – San Diego

View from 11th & E St - Pinnacle

A revised Pinnacle project for 11th & Broadway is in design review at Civic San Diego.  The main difference seems[Read More...]

Fairfield Inn to provide “real infill” in Downtown San Diego

Fairfield Inn from 6th & F

The smallish gap (75′ wide) between the Andaz Hotel and the Jewelers’ Exchange Building, now being used as a parking[Read More...]

Blue Sky Breaks Brown Ground


It appears that the massive Blue Sky project, on the block bounded by B & A Streets and 8th &[Read More...]

Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth

La Mesa CA

In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density[Read More...]

When is a “Smart Growth” Project a “Trojan Horse”? – Park Station as a case study.

Park Station La Mesa

In the wake of California’s now defunct redevelopment program and the 2008 real estate collapse, examples abound of demolished or[Read More...]

Land Use Planning Committee looking for Home after getting Axed by Gaslamp Board

Gaslamp Quarter south entrance

The Gaslamp Quarter Association (GQA) board of directors has decided to rid itself of its Land Use Planning Committee (LUP).[Read More...]

Car Share: Bridge to Greater Transit Use for Car Lovin’ Southern California?

Car2Go Cabrillo Highway

As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting.  I took the trolley to work. I had[Read More...]

Why Downtown San Diego Pedestrians Stop for Cars More Than Any Other City and What to do About it.

San Diego small block street grid

San Diego’s downtown street grid and its small blocks make continuous walking difficult, especially for people trying to go in[Read More...]

Are Trees to Blame for the Lack of Shade in Southern California?

Mexican Fan Palms - Iconic of Southern California

Everyone loves trees in urban settings.  At least they love the concept of urban trees.

Urban Farming Ease


The first thing new urban or suburban vegetable gardners notice, judging from my own experience, is how easy it is[Read More...]

San Diego County’s Most Walkable City

Walk San Diego rated La Mesa as 2013′s most walkable city in San Diego County.  The number one reason for[Read More...]

Bufugly on Mt. Helix


I love the native chaparral, Coast Live Oaks, and other California plants in the park on top of Mt. Helix[Read More...]

Little Italy Association Approves Historic Streetcars in the District.

Marco Li Mandri LIA discussing Streetcars

The Little Italy Association voted unanimously on Tuesday to support the concept of restoring a historic streetcar line in the district.[Read More...]

San Diego’s Mayoral Candidates on Walkable Neighborhoods: Walking the Walk or only Talking the Talk?

J Street looking East in Downtown San Diego

“Walkable neighborhoods” and “liveable streets” are terms that are receiving a lot of play these days.  San Diego’s special mayoral election[Read More...]

San Diego’s New Central Library – a visual tour

Lobby - San Diego New Central Library

The City of San Diego’s new Central Library was designed Rob Wellington Quigley and made possible by

Convention Center expansion too damaging to coastal access?

The California Coastal Commission Report states some compelling reasons for denying San Diego’s planned expansion of convention center.   The[Read More...]

Who Really Deposed San Diego’s Mayor and Nullified the 2012 Election?

Bob Filner Campaign for Mayor of San Diego - Historic Steetcar

By now, most of the nation is aware of San Diego’s mayoral scandal, which was reported in such national media[Read More...]

San Diego’s first annual CicloSDias event experienced good turnout, good weather, and good vibes.

CicloSDias along Fern St.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 was San Diego’s first Ciclovia inspired event named CicloSDias.