Impressions and images of Japanese urbanism, etc.

David Prowler just returned from a trip to Japan.  He wrote about his impressions, accompanied by photos, in his blog.[Read More…]

Parking Management: San Diego Style (Part Two)

San Francisco has 23,000 metered parking spaces and sets prices using complex “demand-responsive rate adjustments.”  Around SF City Hall, for[Read More…]

Oh the Stories They Could Tell… “Is That a Beluga Whale?”

There is a unique joy in walking through a building and experiencing what it was, understanding what it is now,[Read More…]

What if we all ‘Left No Trace?’

As I’ve been camping and sharing my adventures, there’s one thing that keeps showing up over and over in my[Read More…]

San Diego Design Events Calendar, April 20th-April 30th, 2016

New School of Architecture, April 20th 2016, 7:00 PM, Lecture Series: Harry Mallgrave. Urban Land Institute, April 21st, 2016, 5:30[Read More…]

Bay Area Housing – The Shape of Things to Come

           In 2016, one of the world’s premier architecture awards, the Pritzker Prize, was given to an architect known primarily for[Read More…]

Is Indianapolis a good comparison for a San Diego Charger downtown stadium?

On the subject of a potential downtown San Diego East Village NFL stadium, some proponents have asserted that Indianapolis’s downtown Lucas[Read More…]

The new historic Hotel Churchill unveiled

Not long ago, the future was looking pretty dire for the Hotel Churchill in downtown San Diego (9th & C).[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar March 20th-April 12th, 2016

San Diego History Center, March 31st, 2016, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Balboa History Stroll. East Village South focus plan workshop, part[Read More…]

Does San Diego’s “Citizens Plan” ballot initiative violate the single subject requirement?

A sweeping ballot initiative is being circulated in San Diego.  It’s called The Citizens’ Plan for the Responsible Management of[Read More…]

Exhibit Review: Nature Connects at the South Coast Botanic Garden

Do you enjoy LEGOs and nature?  If yes, then I have the perfect exhibit to recommend to you.  Over the[Read More…]

Urge Pasadena to Approve the Measures to Address Homelessness

Where are we now on homelessness in Los Angeles? Much has happened in the three months since my UrbDeZine colleague[Read More…]

Park Planning for Underserved Communities in Los Angeles County

When I tell people that I work for the Department of Parks and Recreation, many ask whether I watch the[Read More…]

North Park Community Plan Update – We Can Do Better by Working Together

By Howard Blackson and Don Leichtling – North Park is one of San Diego’s finest communities. It has many distinctive[Read More…]

Station Square Park: Monrovia’s Newest Park

Do you love parks and trains?  What do you think about a train-themed park?  As a park planner and a[Read More…]

San Francisco: The Status Quo City

Celebrated for its openness, San Francisco has a hard time with change.

Why climate change action cannot succeed without social equity

Over 120 cities and counties in California have a climate action plan either completed or in the pipeline.  As cities[Read More…]

Its not Smart Growth… It’s Called Avoiding a Housing Crisis

California’s Bay Area housing disaster tells Southern Californians that our housing crisis will only get worse and doing nothing is[Read More…]

Non-stadium alternative vision for East Village San Diego + community workshop

A group of San Diego East Village (downtown) stakeholders, academics, and design professionals, including yours truly, have released a “white[Read More…]

House Dreaming – is Boston becoming Ayn Rand’s NYC?

“What architect isn’t interested in housing? I hate the whole blasted idea of it.  I think it’s a worthy undertaking[Read More…]

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