What is one of the first things I consider when I’m working in a mixed-use district, whether I’m helping private sector developers strategize acquisitions, or diagnosing and suggesting improvements to an economically underperforming city?
Just about everyone has been talking about Los Angeles’ Grand Park these days. The first two blocks of the new downtown park opened in late July with three days of celebration, including an official dedication ceremony and inaugural events that gave the public a chance to dance and enjoy music outdoors. [Read more…] about A Tale of Two Downtown Parks
In deciding where to live, most parents typically consider the quality and proximity of amenities like schools and parks in the neighborhood. But what about hospitals – how important is it to have a good hospital near one’s home? In their book The City Parent Handbook , authors Kathy Bishop and Julia Whitehead explain why hospitals with pediatric emergency departments are absolutely critical and tell parents that they must know where the closest ones are. [Read more…] about A Hospital Near You?
San Diego — All aboard! Quest to restore historic San Diego streetcars gives local antique dealer chance to give back, beat cancer. [Read more…] about Part IV The Invisible City: re-imagining Paradise
San Diego — With the June 5, 2012 primary election less than two months away, candidates in the city’s mayoral race are competing for the top two spots advancing them towards the general election in the fall. [Read more…] about An Interview with San Diego Mayoral Candidate Nathan Fletcher
When some people learned that I grew up in Hong Kong, they expressed that my decision to become an urban planner was not surprising. After all, Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a modern city well known for its skyscrapers, high density, creative use of limited land resources, and efficient public transportation system. They were partly right. [Read more…] about A Few Thoughts on Planning in Hong Kong and California
San Diego — Labeling prominent local architect Robert Mosher a modernist, while valid, is only scratching the surface of his aesthetic.
Click on the link below for an interesting article by Marco R. della Cava for Ambassador Magazine (National Italian American Foundation) about the evolution and current relevance of urban “Little Italy” neighborhoods in the U.S. The article prominently features UrbDeZine panelist Marco Li Mandri due to his [Read more…] about Are Little Italys Making a Comeback? by Marco R. della Cava, Ambassador Magazine (NIAF)
Lets face it, the role of city planning throughout history has not always been to achieve Owen’s Utopia: “To come to an arrangement which is advantageous to everyone, within a system which will permit continued and unlimited technical improvement.” It’s more the case that cities have served man’s most pressing needs whether that is exchange, worship, security, water supply or simply the fact that humans are “social animals” as Aristotle noted. I would surmise that cities are a reflection of broad social movements of their time and that our environments are outcomes of social evolution. [Read more…] about A Quick History of Planning
Photography is one of those occupations we all have contemplated pursuing as an art form at one time or another – whether as a hobby or as a profession. Its a bit like singing. Down deep, there’s a musician in all of us. With photography, you see something that evokes an emotion or a feeling, and you want to capture and preserve it. [Read more…] about San Diego At Night by Steven Churchill