Like many westerners, I left a rust belt eastern city decades ago, in the belief that the region, and certainly those old east coast cities were goners. So it was with surprise and pleasure that I recently read in Landmarks, the journal of The Landmark Society of Western New York, that residents with choices are […]
In 2016, one of the world’s premier architecture awards, the Pritzker Prize, was given to an architect known primarily for social housing projects. The award illustrates that not only for designers, but around the world, housing has become a top priority for urban planners and government officials. In California, 170 cities adopted affordable housing policies […]
Celebrated for its openness, San Francisco has a hard time with change.
The world is filled with good ideas. San Diego has a lot of great architects and urban thinkers. For several years, a group of these dedicated urbanists have been developing and enriching a plan for the Upper East Village. I.D.E.A. = Innovation Design Education Arts. As the next step in the process to implement the District, the Foundation held “What’s the Big Idea?” to explore next steps.
John King just keeps getting better and better. In his second Cityscapes volume, published by local treasure Heyday Books, he classifies fifty notable San Francisco buildings and spaces under the sobriquets of Towers, Connection, Clues and Waterfront. This builds on Volume 1’s Icons, Styles and Masters, Landscape, and Change (Cityscapes , San Francisco and Its […]
My Airbnb Architecture experience in the Bay Area by Daniel Ebuehi
Spoiler Alert. Despite being one of the worst tales of NIMBYism I have been involved in, it all turned out as it should. The project proponent, the official project opponent, and the Planning Commission all ended up doing the right thing. 420 desperately needed housing units are being built according to the City General Plan, […]
There is a building boom across California, but many communities have been historically left behind. Property tax increment has served as a planning and investment tool to provide public benefits such as affordable housing, good jobs and neighborhood amenities. However, with the end of redevelopment, cash-poor cities across California are exploring innovative strategies to fund […]
San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit. One of the things I like most about the city is its vintage public transit, i.e. the streetcars and cable cars. As I previously shared in Amtraking: Traveling by Train and The Story of Union Station in Los Angeles, I am a fan of trains […]
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had an impact on the Bay Area beyond the emotions that gripped the nation.