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…]

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…]

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…]