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 […]
Despite community plan policies disfavoring surface parking and encouraging the retention of fine grain development, the adaptive reuse of existing structures, and encouraging walking, biking, and public transit use, Civic San Diego staff is recommending the approval of the expansion of a surface parking lot on the block bounded by F St. and 7th and 8th Ave. Additionally, they are […]
The common wisdom is that all the new development, or at least all the interesting development in San Francisco, is South of Market. This of course makes news because it represents a sea change from the prior 100+ years when “south of the slot” was the industrial, working class (or worse) sector of the city.
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]
The historic 1913 building that houses the national headquarters of the Polish Roman Catholic Union and the Polish Museum of America was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 2, 2013.
An ugly side of redevelopment (RIP), a side rarely mentioned in all the self-laudatory hype, is the demolition. Too often its of historic structures, or structures that create the street-level fabric necessary for a walkable city. Too often its not even for a new structure but for surface parking,
As the fight to save the Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1972, played out I couldn’t help but think that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Chicago and its surrounding suburbs, especially because of their growth after World War II, have a large cache of mid-century modern buildings.
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 […]
Across the country, amidst cries of protest, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is studying the idea of selling 4,400 public post offices. 78 are actually for sale today, while a few have already been sold.