Introducing – Me


I’m very flattered to be asked by Bill Adams to be UrbDeZine’s representative from the flyover states!  I am a longtime[Read More…]

Presents for Plannerds: 2014 Edition

Presents for Planners

It is that time of year again when we think about giving and receiving gifts.   Last year, I shared my[Read More…]

What is this Planner Thankful For?

Thank you card

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year because it gives me[Read More…]

Design For The Future: Sustainable Landscapes

Rooftop Garden, Photo by Alison Hancock via Shutterstock

There is no doubt that sustainability is the future of both architectural and landscape design. Most of the time, when[Read More…]

Coordination: Can’t Plan Without It

Willowbrook Community Fair

If you have to capture “urban planning” using just two or three words, what would you say?  I distinctly remember[Read More…]

The state of the State… (Illinois)

Bridge on Montrose Ave. - Photo by Joe Villanti

As the dust settles on the 2014 Midterm Elections it is a great opportunity to step back from all the[Read More…]

Happy Birthday, Campanile!!

Snube Cube fold patterns

The Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley, will be turning 100 years old next year -for those that do[Read More…]

Response to Comments: The Informal Housing Debate Remains Open

"We Legalize Garage Conversions" contractor's truck photographed in the City of Los Angeles

Earlier this summer, I published an article on these pages remarking on the growing scholarship on informality in the U.S.[Read More…]

Celebrating Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

‘Vocal Rush’ from the Oakland school of the Arts performing at Uncharted.

While I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying architecture, ideas were always buzzing around; at design charrettes, guest[Read More…]

The New Eldorado?

Under Chelsea Market

Everyone loves parks. The dirty little secret is that no one loves them more than real estate developers. As a[Read More…]

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…]

APA Conference: Lessons from Disneyland

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

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…]