Get it done! Top 5 Action Items from TEDx Portland 2014

TEDx Portland

This past weekend I attended the 4th annual TEDx Portland. Over 2,500 people converged on Keller Auditorium to hear some[Read More...]

A Hospital Near You: Part II

Good Samaritan Hospital Outpatient Center Under Construction

Most of us do not think about hospitals until an emergency arises.  However, as I shared in my article A[Read More...]

K – 8 Charter School Proposes Move to New Campus in East Village San Diego

Urban Discovery Academy

The Urban Discovery School, currently located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood just north of downtown San Diego, is proposing a[Read More...]

Revised 11th & Broadway Pinnacle Project in Design Review – San Diego

View from 11th & E St - Pinnacle

A revised Pinnacle project for 11th & Broadway is in design review at Civic San Diego.  The main difference seems[Read More...]

The Street I Live On


The street I live on is only two blocks long, lined with Victorian houses. It’s in about the geographic center[Read More...]

Residential Expansion on Boston’s MBTA


Many privately owned businesses and residential areas are growing as more people come to live in the Boston area. Multiple MBTA stops[Read More...]

Fairfield Inn to provide “real infill” in Downtown San Diego

Fairfield Inn from 6th & F

The smallish gap (75′ wide) between the Andaz Hotel and the Jewelers’ Exchange Building, now being used as a parking[Read More...]

The Image of Oakland

Oakland Architecture

What images come to mind when you think of Oakland, California?  It seems that many people tend to only associate[Read More...]

Tour of East Bay Regional Parks

View from Roberts Regional Recreation Area

As part of the Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: A Vision for the American West symposium, I had the opportunity to[Read More...]

Newburyport: City on the Sea

  Today, I went to Newburyport, which is about 30 miles up the coast from where I live in Salem,[Read More...]

Government Center’s closure (Boston)

Government Center closure

Starting on March 22nd of this year, Government Center on “the T,” as the subway is known by the locals[Read More...]


Haarlem City map 1550

You can tell a lot about a place by its layout.  How the streets are arranged tells the history of[Read More...]

Blue Sky Breaks Brown Ground


It appears that the massive Blue Sky project, on the block bounded by B & A Streets and 8th &[Read More...]

CANstruction: Design-Build for Good

Hungry Heart

Over the weekend, I headed over to the historic core of Downtown Los Angeles to check out this year’s entries[Read More...]

A Wall, No Matter How Pretty, Is Still…a Wall


During the summer of 2013, my husband and I took a very uncharacteristic vacation to a spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.[Read More...]

Surveys: Finding Out What People Want

Metro Infographic

What do people want?  What do community members like or dislike?  As planners, these are the types of questions we[Read More...]

Juxta-Prose: Mass Hesperia!!

Cal Earth: Dome - looking out

On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such[Read More...]

These Sidewalks Are Not Made for Walkin’

sidewalk damage from ficus tree

With over 40 percent of the City’s sidewalks buckled and broken, sidewalks are a symbol of the ineptitude of the[Read More...]

Barnsdall Art Park: A Hidden Gem

Barnsdall Park Sign

Have you ever heard of or been to Barnsdall Art Park before?  It is an eleven-acre park located in the[Read More...]