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…]

Looking Ahead to 2016: Events for Planners

As the year winds down, I think this is a good time to look ahead to 2016.  Specifically, I would[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar, December 2nd -December 17th, 2015.

New School of Architecture & Design, December 2nd, at 7:00 PM, Chuck Crawford Presents, Two Roosters and a Rabbit. Citizens[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…]

Setting the I.D.E.A. District Apart

The world is filled with good ideas. San Diego has a lot of great architects and urban thinkers. For several years, a group of these dedicated urbanists have been developing and enriching a plan for the Upper East Village. I.D.E.A. = Innovation Design Education Arts. As the next step in the process to implement the District, the Foundation held “What’s the Big Idea?” to explore next steps.

How Should Park Needs be Measured?

How should we determine the park needs of communities?  How do we figure out whether a city is park-rich or park-poor? [Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar November 10th-November 19th, 2015

Save Our Heritage Organisation, Monday thru Friday, 10:00 A.M-5:00 P.M, till January 2016, Balboa Park Exposition Designs 1915-1935, The Making[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…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar October 22nd- November 4th, 2015

Urban Land Institute, October 22nd 2015, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM, YLG Partnership Forum Close Out. Citizens Coordinate for Century 3,[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar October 8th-October 18th, 2015

Urban Land Institute, October 8th, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Building an Urban School: The Urban Discovery Academy Story. Pecha Kucha[Read More…]

Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco

John King just keeps getting better and better. In his second Cityscapes volume, published by local treasure Heyday Books, he[Read More…]

What about MacArthur Park?

Have you ever heard of Westlake Park?  This was a park that was once referred to as “the most popular[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar, September 20th-October 5th, 2015

Save Our Heritage Organisation- September 20th, 2015, 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.- Art of the Park Garden Show. Urban Land Institute-September 24th,[Read More…]

Documentary Review: Redemption

Have you ever wondered how people make a living by collecting cans and bottles from trash cans?  Do you want to[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…]

California lawmakers seek local oversight of downtown planning

California lawmakers have approved a bill that establishes oversight of elected officials over planning decisions of development corporations, such as that in downtown San Diego.

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…]

Writing Tips for Planners

As planners, many of us review and/or write a variety of planning documents daily.  While some may dread these tasks, I[Read More…]