It’s Parking Day San Diego

It’s Parking Day 2016 San Diego! Parklets are all over downtown and elsewhere. It happens on the third Friday of[Read More…]

9/11: Reflections of An Urban Planner

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing on September 11th, 2001? I can still remember quite[Read More…]

Court Rules that transfer of 34 acres from Balboa Park to School District may go on ballot but . . .

This morning the Court ruled Measure “I” [A proposed City Charter amendment weakening existing City Charter protection for dedicated Park Lands and[Read More…]

Take me back to tomorrow – Some surprising indicators of change in U.S. cities

Like many westerners, I left a rust belt eastern city decades ago, in the belief that the region, and certainly[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar September 2nd – September 22nd, 2016

Save Our Heritage Organization, September 2nd, 10:30 PM- 11:45 PM, Past & Presence Ghost Tour. San Diego Architectural Foundation, September 4th,[Read More…]

Using Solar to….Cook?

Last weekend, I checked out a workshop on solar cooking, thinking I might pick up a thing or two for[Read More…]

Boston, 2084 – climate resilience: our future

An imagined future reflection on a well-planned 21st century in Boston:  We can finally declare summer 2084 has started as[Read More…]

Landscape Architecture: Shaping The Urban Future

When it comes to the biggest trends that will reshape the urban environment in the future, it’s not just the[Read More…]

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Planning for Parks and Urban Forests in Los Angeles County

“You can’t see the forest for the trees!”  All of us are familiar with this expression which is often used to describe someone[Read More…]

Why does Dean Spanos hate the homeless?

“Why does Chris Cate want the Chargers to leave San Diego?  Please call and ask him.” That was the headline[Read More…]

Empathy for the Devel . . . oper (with apologies to the Rolling Stones)

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man trying to build homes.  I’ve been in a long development permit[Read More…]

Downtown San Diego’s East Village South Focus Plan – Draft

The following text and images comprise the East Village Draft Focus Plan released on July 30, 2016, including subsequent minor[Read More…]

My What a Quaint Bridge Tender House You Have Chicago

Who knew that competition was so fierce and cutthroat in the world of architectural boat tours in Chicago? According to[Read More…]

A Planner’s Opportunity – Gender Neutral Facilities

The greatest challenge for anyone involved in planning for public use facilities and areas is in the factoring for the[Read More…]

Open letter to San Diego Port Commission about “world class waterfront” development proposals

Dear Chairman Merrifield and Commissioners: On behalf of the San Diego Environment + Design Council, we are submitting the following[Read More…]

Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment: The L.A. County Story

How many acres of parkland does Los Angeles County have?  How many parks are there in the county and where[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar, July 15th-July 30th, 2016

Urban Land Institute, July 20th, 2016, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM, Perfecting Your Pitch. Urban Land Institute, July 20th, 206, 5:30 PM- 11:30[Read More…]

Why Gov. Brown’s housing plan is bad for planning

Governor Jerry Brown’s “Streamlining Affordable Housing Approvals” proposal will have far-reaching consequences on urban planning in cities and counties across[Read More…]

A few ways to reduce carbon emissions from traffic congestion in San Diego without more roads or rails

Earlier this year the city unveiled an updated plan to combat climate change, the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP).  It[Read More…]

5 Gadgets that Make Sleeping Under the Stars a Real Treat

Last month, I accepted the challenge to camp out for a total of 31 nights between May and September. It’s[Read More…]

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