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...]

How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health

Philadelphia

City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s[Read More...]

Tracking the Movement of Angelenos

Human app screenshot

Have you heard of the exercise app called “Human“?  I only learned about it last week when I read an[Read More...]

‘Adapt, We May’ – The Chelsea Way: Regional Resilience and America’s Coastal Cities

Chelsea Underwater

Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like. The mind and body rebel a bit at being[Read More...]

The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles

No Further West Union Station Exhibition

Do you know the story of Union Station in Los Angeles?  Over the weekend, I went to the Central Library[Read More...]

Book Review: Working with Planning Consultants

Is working with planning consultants one of your key responsibilities at the office?  Do you want to know how to[Read More...]

Dwell on THIS…

Fan Exhibit

So I started out my summer by attending the Dwell on Design 2014 Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center[Read More...]

City of Big Data: Creators and Interpreters

Chicago: City of Big Data at the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

The 2nd annual workshop of the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network on June 11, 2014 in Chicago didn’t exactly set[Read More...]