AB 1999 – A Missed Opportunity

First Church of Christ Scientist Berkeley CA

Governor Jerry Brown missed a great opportunity to stimulate an important part of California’s economy last month.  Assembly Bill 1999,[Read More...]

Rest for the Weary Planner

Working at the office

Rest is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover[Read More...]

Where grows San Francisco?

Montgomery St Barracks

The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is[Read More...]

In Defense of Uncertainty

People-centric planning for Sustainability

Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic[Read More...]

APA Conference: Lessons from Disneyland

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As a plannerd, I am naturally drawn to events like the American Planning Association (APA) conferences.  However, when I told[Read More...]

The Value of Planning in the Age of Economics.

Public and private investments.

A city makes many investments, such as infrastructure improvements, life and safety services, and in their employees. To fund such,[Read More...]

The Places in Between

Formerly an office – copyright: FG

“The Places in Between” is the title of the new week of events on architecture and urban planning organized by[Read More...]

In LA, There is Never Enough Money for…………

La sidewalk damage

You name it.  You can fill in the blank.  Why? Because 78 percent of the City of Los Angeles budget[Read More...]

Completing San Francisco’s Northern Waterfront

Pier 2 Herbst Pavilion WWII

Ever since the removal of the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway after the Loma Prieta earthquake and its replacement with a graceful[Read More...]

6 Common Mistakes Made By Cities and Towns in Urban Renewal.

La Mesa Streetscape Masterplan Figure 5

For the last half century, cities have attempted to repair the damage to their urban cores from migration to suburbs[Read More...]

Unincorporated Areas Need More Parks Too

Fun at Community Fair

As a park planner, I am always on the lookout for the latest news about parks and recreation.  Recently, I[Read More...]

Four Poles in Five Blocks

Pole dancers are in a series of guerrilla pieces

On a short walk in my neighborhood this morning, I must have passed hundreds of poles: Light poles, utility poles,[Read More...]

Old Town Monrovia: Heart of the Community

Bench outside the library

Have you ever been to Old Town Monrovia?  It is the heart of Monrovia, a city of about 37,000 residents[Read More...]

Vintage Public Transit: San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars

Red Streetcar Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit.  One of the things I like most about the city[Read More...]

Streets as Conduits of Social Justice

Re:Streets by MIG

[co-authored by Lilly Jacobson] Streets are not just conduits for moving cars and people; they have a profound impact on[Read More...]

Beware of Wall Street Schemes on Redevelopment

Illustration of Sample Transaction of Community Development Entity

With the demise of redevelopment in California, some cities are looking for creative ways to stay solvent. One idea is[Read More...]

One Block at a Time…

From Urban Renewal to Tactical Urban Tools

In an era of austerity when our bridges are falling, levees failing, and streets crumbling, cities are coming to the[Read More...]

Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story

Tree at Schabarum Park

Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change.  Unfortunately,[Read More...]

Art Share L.A.: Promoting and Supporting the Arts

Art Share LA exterior

What does a creative live/work community art center look like?  Does it even exist?  Well, it certainly does and we[Read More...]

$1 billion of federal funding to weave resilience into disaster preparedness

Rebuild by Design Resilient Workshop

  Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’[Read More...]