Bob is a retired New York City fireman. Injured on the job, he went into retirement decades ago. There is pain, decades worth. But there is also time, far too much of it – the kind you must figure out what to do with rather than watch yourself wither. For Bob and so many in our community, there comes a vivid, life-encapsulating story about dusting yourself off and then pushing up from a powerfully magnetic couch.
I love looking back this time of year – did I keep my New Year’s Resolutions? What new places did I go to? Did I get outside as much as I had promised myself?
And, one of the things that came up the other day while thinking about what the new year will bring, was my first post in 2016.Continue Reading A Quick Guide to the Pacific Coast for the Everyday Explorer (Part I)
In Southern California we suffer greatly from suburbia myopia. This affliction prevents us from understanding what makes urban environments succeed. We all too often attempt to recreate what we value in our suburban neighborhoods without the understanding of what it takes establish and sustain these ideas, designs and initiatives in a dynamic urban setting. We have idealized visions of tranquil urban neighborhoods where we live, work and pursue artistic/academic endeavors that will transform the cultural wasteland post-industrialized American cities.Continue Reading Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan – Vision for the Future or A Well Intentioned Waste of Money?
Civic San Diego has released a draft of the long awaited Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan. It proposes significant changes to the street grid with a goal of reducing travel by car and increasing trips by bike and foot. Another objective is to lower carbon emissions in accordance with state law.Continue Reading Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan — Draft Released
With vibrant neighborhoods, gentle terrain, the Big Bay and year round sunshine, Downtown San Diego figures to be on every list of America’s great cycling communities. We have everything… except the bicyclists. Why? It’s not very safe. The street grid favors cars. That’s about to change.Continue Reading Downtown San Diego by Bike – changes coming
Sunday, August 11, 2013 was San Diego’s first Ciclovia inspired event named CicloSDias. Continue Reading San Diego’s first annual CicloSDias event experienced good turnout, good weather, and good vibes.
Yes, this is my autographed copy of the High Cost of Free Parking!
I had the pleasure of serving on a panel with one of my professional crushes, Donald Shoup, Continue Reading It’s Official, I’m a Parking Groupie!
About a year and a half ago I left California to come to Texas. After spending over 25 years as an urban designer in the GoldenState, it was time to pack up and go. The writing was on the wall prior to my leaving in 2011. The end of Redevelopment to balance the State budget was the final blow. Continue Reading Urban Design Centers and Healthier Communities
The Southwest Portland event kicked off Sunday with a little spiritual ceremony from a group of enthusiasts who have dubbed themselves the “Bike Temple,” which included a scripture-like reading from the city’s Bicycle Plan for 2030, reported the Oregonian.Continue Reading Portland’s Sunday Parkways Event Brings Cycling Faithful Together
San Diego – The first meeting to plan for a car-free days event in San Diego will take place this Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 3pm, at Lestat’s Coffee House on 3343 Adams Ave. From the Facebook event page:
This is a meeting of like minded individuals who would like to see a sunday parkways type event in San Diego. This would close down at least a three mile loop in San Diego neighborhoods twice a month for cyclists, skaters, and walkers—only no cars. Feel free to invite anyone who you think would be of help to our goals. This is to be the first of many meetings. The goal is to show up in mass with a clear and concise road map of what we want to do.