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 making this recommendation despite the fact that it will require the demolition of several viable and recently occupied commercial buildings. The sole reason offered for recommending approval of demolition for a surface parking is that there is a demand for parking – as if such parking demand was unknown when the Downtown Community Plan was adopted. This recommendation essentially casts aside the community plan goals while at the same time reciting them in the report making the recommendation.
San Diego, 741 F Street, demolition continues on this historic warehouse to make room for surface parking. [Read more…] about Demolition of Historic Building for Parking Lot Continues
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. [Read more…] about The Fate of Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg Has National Implications
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. [Read more…] about The Greenest Building Is One That’s Already Built
Rare habitat, whether man made or nature made, is protected by law in California. With the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), historic resources such as buildings and urban landmarks, are recognized just like natural resources. This is because old buildings are irreplaceable and laws like CEQA, local ordinances, and landmark reviews reinforce this value. [Read more…] about Preservation Revisited: Is Balance Needed?