Who are the homeless of San Diego? Yearly reports from several agencies reveal tragic glimpses of the humans everyone labels home-less. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of History, so I used to be just as jaded and callous as other people who always assumed the lot would always consist of the stereotypes: criminal offenders, the mentally ill, the infirm, addicts and other varieties of outcasts. [Read more…] about Urban Street Symbols: Hidden Messages in the Metropolis
The clerk at the airport took one look at my battered pink cowboy hat on Thursday and said, “DC, right? Everyone’s going to Washington for something this weekend.” And we were. En masse. The number of red hats on Inaugural Day paled in comparison to the pink hats that overwhelmed Washington’s streets the day after. [Read more…] about Declaring Pink Hat Day
“Caltrans does not restrict the right of free speech with handheld banners, but attaching flags or banners is not allowed,” a Caltrans-Spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News. He added, “We are concerned that people waving handheld banners could cause driver distraction — putting their safety or that of the motoring public at risk.”
Today, we have prioritized the ‘motoring public’ over all other aspects of public life. [Read more…] about Overpassing the value of public space
David Prowler just returned from a trip to Japan. He wrote about his impressions, accompanied by photos, in his blog. As those of you have previously read David’s musings know, he is a keen observer who notices things that many of us don’t. His writing is always enjoyable and informative. This post, originally published as Souvenirs of Japan in David’s personal blog, is no different* –
The oldest river crossing in New York City is now the newest. The 1848 High Bridge that spans the Harlem River and links upper Manhattan to The Bronx has recently emerged from a multi-year, $61.8 million renovation. It re-opened to the public on June 9th. Whether the initial enthusiasm of using this restored public space can reenergize a neighborhood will take years to find out, however, for the moment this project is bringing tourists and residents to an area that was previously known only to locals and intrepid urban explorers. Will it spur new economic activity to an ungentrified area? Is that indeed what is wanted or needed? Questions to be answered later. [Read more…] about The High Line? No, The High Bridge!
San Diego Architectural Foundation-June 21st, 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Hubbell, Ilan-Lael Foundation Open House and Studio Tour.
Save Our Heritage Organisation, June 21st, 2015, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Art of the Park Garden Show.
Urban Land Institute, June 23rd, 2015, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. June ULI @ Lunch, Eco Districts, How Communities in San Diego are Pushing the Boundaries of Sustainability. [Read more…] about San Diego Design Event Calendar June 21st-June 27th, 2015
February 6th, 2015, 6:00-8:30 P.M.. Save Our Heritage Organization, Opening Centennial Exhibitions.
February 17th, 2015, 7:30-9:00 A.M., Urban Land Institute, Breakfast: Capital Market Trends: San Diego & Beyond.
February 24th, 2015, 6:00-8:00 P.M., Urban Land Institute, My ULI Night 2015.
To anyone interested in what’s going on around us I’d like to offer the evident — not very profound but a word on the here and now. Of course I have to give it a new name…to be profound. But don’t let the title fool you. There is absolutely nothing new to be said. Singularity as defined by Merriam-Webster: 1. something that is singular; as a: a separate unit b: unusual or distinctive manner or behavior; peculiarity 2. the quality or state of being singular. [Read more…] about Singularity
As humans we are always quick to rationalize or dismiss things that we no longer value. After all, the world doesn’t rotate the sun, it centers on us. We really can’t see the world through other eyes, so we make our judgments based on the most respected and qualified person we know, and it is us. [Read more…] about “Nobody Goes There Anymore, Its’ Too Crowded” – Yogi Berra
Public involvement in accelerating urban renewal is in focus as California’s Gov. Brown proposes to eliminate the redevelopment agencies that stimulate and regulate the revitalization of inner city cores and districts. [Read more…] about Gentrification: Empathetic Developers Walk a Tightrope