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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:

San Diego’s East Village: substituting an academic and high-wage vision for an entertainment and tourism vision

I read an op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune that made me want to stand on top of a downtown[Read More…]

California tributes to the Confederacy – why Gov. Brown is wrong

On October 11, 2015, Governor Brown vetoed Senate Bill 539, which would have removed Confederate names from government buildings in[Read More…]

How TV weather reporters are aiding and abetting climate change

On June 2, 2015, San Diego’s independent TV station KUSI set aside a segment of their weather report to editorialize[Read More…]

Are cities building too many parks and plazas in their downtowns? The experts weigh in . . .

Jane Jacobs wasn’t bullish on urban parks.  She preferred active sidewalks. In her classic urban planning (sociology?) book, The Death[Read More…]

The unofficial glossary of Jacobs’ Death and Life of Great American Cities

Thirty years into my passion for urbanism, I’m just finishing my first read, I’m embarrassed to admit, of Jane Jacobs’s The[Read More…]

Four aesthetic reasons to landscape with native plants

The justifications for the use of native plants in landscapes usually center on environmental reasons. The reasons run the gamut[Read More…]

Proposed short term rental regulations: An example of zoning abuse.

I’ve been watching the nationwide anti-short term rental movement unfold in my home city of San Diego.  Some neighborhoods are[Read More…]

The Missing Link to Unsprawling: Bipedal Shortcuts

Wheels are vastly different than legs.  Give wheels smooth, wide, straight, and solid turf, and they can reach speeds not[Read More…]

Zoning for Trader Joe’s – is there a better way?

Trade Joe’s stores are so popular that zoning laws are drafted to accommodate them while keeping out competitors, and communities[Read More…]

Are the NFL Chargers causing the NCAA Aztecs to lose?

Are the San Diego National Football League (NFL) Chargers causing the San Diego State University Aztecs football team to lose[Read More…]

Demo for Parking – They’re at it Again in Downtown San Diego!

Despite community plan policies disfavoring surface parking and encouraging the retention of fine grain development, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, and encouraging walking, biking,[Read More…]

What is a safe distance to live or work near high auto emission roads?

People who live and work within a certain proximity to major roadways have higher illness and mortality rates. Is it time to create quarantine buffer zones around highways? If so, what is the safe distance?

Who will win the carbon reduction economy?

There is an age old war in the global economy.  It’s a war that always has the same winner but[Read More…]

Five reasons losing an NFL football team is good for a city

My family will attest, I’m a San Diego Chargers football fan. During football season, not only is the TV tuned[Read More…]

San Diego DCPC – new downtown projects for November 2014

The San Diego Downtown Community Planning Committee (DCPC-SD) meets again Wednesday November 12, 2014 with a couple of new projects,[Read More…]

Parking lot no more at Fifth & J in the Gaslamp Quarter?

An invitation was emailed last week for a ground breaking ceremony to be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, at 10:00[Read More…]

Urban Discovery Academy Announces Sale of $10,900,000 in Muni Bonds for Construction of New East Village Campus

On Wednesday September 24, 2014, the Urban Discovery Academy announced that it successfully sold $10,900,000 in municipal bonds for construction of its[Read More…]

6 Common Mistakes Made By Cities and Towns in Urban Renewal.

For the last half century, cities have attempted to repair the damage to their urban cores from migration to suburbs[Read More…]

HGTV Design Professional Casting Call

UrbDeZine just received the following email:  Hi, my name is Heather Wetzel and I am a casting coordinator for season[Read More…]

Who Hijacked La Mesa’s Trees?

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