Could this little-known pollutant finally change our transportation priorities?

People know that air pollution is bad for their health but how many can distinguish smog from UFP, or know that living within 1,000 feet of a highway could cause cancer? A call to action to inform people about UFPs.

Notices from Civic San Diego, SANDAG, etc.

Notices from Civic San Diego: Notice – 10 Barrel Brewing Notice – Verizon I-5 & 94 Downtown San Diego Draft[Read More…]

A beach, burb, and billionaire “Citizens’ Plan” for San Diego’s urban neighborhoods

They’re calling it the “Citizens’ Plan” initiative. Like all such initiatives, the name is misleading. Said citizens are an alliance[Read More…]

New Year’s Resolutions for Planners

A belated Happy New Year to you!  I know that we are already in the middle of January, but perhaps[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar, January 15 – 31

Urban Land Institute, January 20th, 2016, 11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M, January ULI @ Lunch, January: Exploring Council Member, Mark Kersey’s, San Diego[Read More…]

5 Cycling Adventures to Take This Year

  A new year always welcomes the prospect of brand new adventures and a fresh start. Whether you want to[Read More…]

Three lessons learned for up and coming architects

On June 8th, 2015, I reached the ten year mark of my career as an architect.  This post chronicles some[Read More…]

Parking Management: San Diego Style (Part One)

Gaslamp Pacific Theatres were under construction in 1997 and local business owners were getting nervous — fifteen screens and no[Read More…]

Mind Blowing Facts about LA’s Homeless People and How to Un-Homeless Them

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hanukah.  Happy Holidays. It was none of these things for the homeless. For the homeless, it is[Read More…]

San Diego Design Event Calendar, December 18th, 2015-January 12, 2015

Save Our Heritage Organization, Month of December -January 11, 2016, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Balboa Park Exposition Design, 1915-1935: The Making[Read More…]

Epitaph for Edward W. Soja

We lost a legend with the passing of Professor Edward W. Soja last month in Los Angeles. Soja’s contributions to[Read More…]

Presents for Plannerds: 2015 Edition

Can you believe that it is December already?  Well, it is that time of year again when we think about[Read More…]

Urban planning without social equity is like playing chess without the queen.

With rising inequality, a looming climate change crisis, and persistent state of housing unaffordability being the defining issues in the[Read More…]

Stopping the Ugly Building Epidemic with Design Basics

The most important part of a building is the first ten vertical feet. This is the portion that makes the street scene where life happens. People rarely look up at buildings; we’re accustomed to paying attention to what’s directly in front of us, but that doesn’t excuse the rest of the building.

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…]

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