The National Park Service has published their environmental assessment report outlining options for Richard Netura’s 1961 Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg. Their recommended fate for the building: demolition. This comes after two decades of argument and a three year lawsuit between preserving the building in place and removing the building to rehabilitate the battlefield beneath it.Continue Reading The Fate of Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg Has National Implications
Since the 1990s, Portland has not had parking minimums in much of the city, from the downtown core to more traditional neighborhoods with single family housing. Portland has been very proud of their no parking minimum. Portland has trumpeted this zoning policy as a shining example of why Portland is the City That Works!
Up until recently, it was very rare for a residential developer to build anything without off-street parking. Finally though, that is changing.Continue Reading Portlandia: Milquetoast Bureau of Planning Edition
As a planner and a former resident of the North University Park area, I have been very excited about the Village at USC since the proposal was first made public a couple of years ago. After all, this is a large-scale project that would replace University Village, a declining shopping center across from campus, with a brand new attractive mixed-use development consisting of retail/commercial uses, student and faculty housing, a hotel and conference center, and other related amenities. Continue Reading Village at USC: Good for the University and Los Angeles
What is one of the first things I consider when I’m working in a mixed-use district, whether I’m helping private sector developers strategize acquisitions, or diagnosing and suggesting improvements to an economically underperforming city?
Just about everyone has been talking about Los Angeles’ Grand Park these days. The first two blocks of the new downtown park opened in late July with three days of celebration, including an official dedication ceremony and inaugural events that gave the public a chance to dance and enjoy music outdoors. Continue Reading A Tale of Two Downtown Parks
In deciding where to live, most parents typically consider the quality and proximity of amenities like schools and parks in the neighborhood. But what about hospitals – how important is it to have a good hospital near one’s home? In their book The City Parent Handbook , authors Kathy Bishop and Julia Whitehead explain why hospitals with pediatric emergency departments are absolutely critical and tell parents that they must know where the closest ones are. Continue Reading A Hospital Near You?
San Diego — All aboard! Quest to restore historic San Diego streetcars gives local antique dealer chance to give back, beat cancer.Continue Reading Part IV The Invisible City: re-imagining Paradise
San Diego — With the June 5, 2012 primary election less than two months away, candidates in the city’s mayoral race are competing for the top two spots advancing them towards the general election in the fall. Continue Reading An Interview with San Diego Mayoral Candidate Nathan Fletcher
When some people learned that I grew up in Hong Kong, they expressed that my decision to become an urban planner was not surprising. After all, Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a modern city well known for its skyscrapers, high density, creative use of limited land resources, and efficient public transportation system. They were partly right. Continue Reading A Few Thoughts on Planning in Hong Kong and California
San Diego — Labeling prominent local architect Robert Mosher a modernist, while valid, is only scratching the surface of his aesthetic.