AB 1999 – A Missed Opportunity

First Church of Christ Scientist Berkeley CA

Governor Jerry Brown missed a great opportunity to stimulate an important part of California’s economy last month.  Assembly Bill 1999,[Read More...]

Rest for the Weary Planner

Working at the office

Rest is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover[Read More...]

Where grows San Francisco?

Montgomery St Barracks

The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is[Read More...]

APA Conference: Lessons from Disneyland

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As a plannerd, I am naturally drawn to events like the American Planning Association (APA) conferences.  However, when I told[Read More...]

The Places in Between

Formerly an office – copyright: FG

“The Places in Between” is the title of the new week of events on architecture and urban planning organized by[Read More...]

In LA, There is Never Enough Money for…………

La sidewalk damage

You name it.  You can fill in the blank.  Why? Because 78 percent of the City of Los Angeles budget[Read More...]

Completing San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront

Pier 2 Herbst Pavilion WWII

Ever since the removal of the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway after the Loma Prieta earthquake and its replacement with a graceful[Read More...]

Unincorporated Areas Need More Parks Too

Fun at Community Fair

As a park planner, I am always on the lookout for the latest news about parks and recreation.  Recently, I[Read More...]

Four Poles in Five Blocks

Pole dancers are in a series of guerrilla pieces

On a short walk in my neighborhood this morning, I must have passed hundreds of poles: Light poles, utility poles,[Read More...]

Old Town Monrovia: Heart of the Community

Bench outside the library

Have you ever been to Old Town Monrovia?  It is the heart of Monrovia, a city of about 37,000 residents[Read More...]

Vintage Public Transit: San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars

Red Streetcar Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit.  One of the things I like most about the city[Read More...]

Streets as Conduits of Social Justice

Re:Streets by MIG

[co-authored by Lilly Jacobson] Streets are not just conduits for moving cars and people; they have a profound impact on[Read More...]

Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story

Tree at Schabarum Park

Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change.  Unfortunately,[Read More...]

Art Share L.A.: Promoting and Supporting the Arts

Art Share LA exterior

What does a creative live/work community art center look like?  Does it even exist?  Well, it certainly does and we[Read More...]

$1 billion of federal funding to weave resilience into disaster preparedness

Rebuild by Design Resilient Workshop

  Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’[Read More...]

How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health

Philadelphia

City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s[Read More...]

Tracking the Movement of Angelenos

Human app screenshot

Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“?  I only learned about it last week when I read an[Read More...]

‘Adapt, We May’ – The Chelsea Way: Regional Resilience and America’s Coastal Cities

Chelsea Underwater

Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like. The mind and body rebel a bit at being[Read More...]

The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles

No Further West Union Station Exhibition

Do you know the story of Union Station in Los Angeles?  Over the weekend, I went to the Central Library[Read More...]

Book Review: Working with Planning Consultants

Is working with planning consultants one of your key responsibilities at the office?  Do you want to know how to[Read More...]