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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

Who Hijacked La Mesa’s Trees?

La Mesa Streetscape Masterplan Figure 5

The City of La Mesa has cut down all the shade trees along its commercial mainstreet. This occurred as construction[Read More...]

July 15 – 30 San Diego Design Events San Diego

Tijuana Art Center

July 16, 2014, 10:00 am, ULI Webinar on Tax-Exempt Infrastructure Financing July 16, 2014, 1-3pm · Save Our Heritage Organisation –[Read More...]

Artful Utilities

Gas #1

Interesting gas, fire, and water utility forms encountered walking from B St. to the Imperial Ave Trolley Station in downtown[Read More...]

Bill Fulton to speak at Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County on May 30th

Bill Fulton to speak to Alcohol Policy Panel San Diego County May 30, 2014

City of San Diego Planning Director Bill Fulton, one of the most respected planning minds in the country, will speak[Read More...]

TR Produce Creative Space Proposal Another Example of City Council’s Folly in Approving Demolition of Other Creative Space.

Interior TR Produce Underground Elephant

The long vacant ground floor of the TR Produce Building (888 J Street) may finally receive an occupant under a[Read More...]

Civic San Diego releases proposed bike share location map and report

San Diego Bike Share Program Proposed Location Map

Civic San Diego releases proposed bike share location map and report:

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

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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

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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...]