By Howard Blackson and Don Leichtling – North Park is one of San Diego’s finest communities. It has many distinctive neighborhoods, with most containing block after block of beautiful bungalows of all varieties. It contains award winning schools, and every quarter-mile or so, neighborhood centers that contain great restaurants, small shops, brew pubs, and corner […]
An invitation was emailed last week for a ground breaking ceremony to be held on Wednesday Oct. 8, at 10:00 AM for a new Pendry Hotel to replace the parking lot of 5th & J. The invitation was ground breaking in more than one way. This parking lot was the site of one of the […]
Interesting gas, fire, and water utility forms encountered walking from B St. to the Imperial Ave Trolley Station in downtown San Diego the other day . . . [click on any photo for slideshow]
At the end of this past summer I made a trip to Peddocks Island in the Boston Harbor. The island is one of 24 that make up the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. The Metropolitan District Commission (now DCR), a state agency, acquired Peddocks Island in 1970. It’s one of the largest in the harbor […]
Portland – A development company recently gave new life to two historic buildings downtown. Redside Development, in a push to give the two historic office building at Southwest Third and Morrison streets a look that draws creative companies to downtown’s east side,
Boston – The open house held at the Hayden building on Monday, June 4 signaled the beginning of a new chapter in the building’s eccentric history. Renowned architect HH Richardson designed the building in 1875. However the Hayden fell into neglect as Boston’s red light district nick named “the Combat Zone” developed around it. In […]
If the biggest threat to human survival is climate change, then American construction is probably the industry most responsible for causing it. Every new construction site represents the climate being changed, the environment being degraded, energy being consumed, and irreplaceable natural resources being used.
If I were supernatural, I might choose to be an awning fairy. My mission? Roaming the land, eradicating horrible awnings with the touch of my sparkly magic wand. (By roaming, I mean that I would be flying, of course.)
The California Preservation Foundation will give kudos to 26 projects across the state at their 28th annual Preservation Design Awards Oct. 1 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The honorees include rehabilitation and restoration projects from San Diego, San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Pasadena among other cities.
On the Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania, Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center is currently deteriorating while its fate is analyzed by its’ owner, The National Park Service (NPS), who recently lost a 3-year court battle to demolish the building.