Nobody likes uncertainty. Certainly not the developers of a billion dollar mixed-use project that encounters community opposition due to traffic impacts. Nor the public transportation agency that runs into fairy shrimp on the future route of a trolley line. Nor the city planners for multifamily housing around a transit station that face a revolt from their single-family neighbors.Continue Reading In Defense of Uncertainty
A city makes many investments, such as infrastructure improvements, life and safety services, and in their employees. To fund such, cities rely upon new development and construction to fuel its economic generation engine with new jobs, housing, shops, parks, fees, and tax revenues.We have all experienced the difficulties with building new developments in Southern California. It is either too difficult to build something great or too easy to build something terrible. Most city planning departments have to overcome a past of allowing for deplorable new buildings that challenged the character of beloved older communities.Continue Reading The Value of Planning in the Age of Economics.
As I occasionally do, today I used Car2Go for a mid-day meeting. I took the trolley to work. I had a meeting in Mission Valley but not near the trolley Line.
Continue Reading Car Share: Bridge to Greater Transit Use for Car Lovin’ Southern California?
Real walkable neighborhoods[i] are in such demand today that they are creating a real estate frenzy[ii] in older walkable cities like San Francisco, Boston and New York. The reason for the frenzy is simple economics of supply and demand. The demand for Walkable Urbanism[iii] is increasingly outstripping the supply and this situation seems to be getting worse.Continue Reading Desirable Walkable Neighborhoods: How we lost them, why we don’t create new ones, and what we need to do to start.
The month of June saw the opening of a major exhibition on the works of Le Corbusier at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the signing of a contract for a $2.2 million apartment in Lincoln Towers, about 20 blocks north of the museum. What, you may ask, do these events have to do with each other? Continue Reading Towers in the Park—Unsafe at Any Income?
These days, a lot of projects are crashing through the gates of community plans and dashing existing neighborhood character under the banners of smart growth or transit oriented development. Continue Reading 10 Rules for Smarter Smart Growth
San Diego – Downtown’s East Village last week saw the demolition of two one-story warehouse buildings on Tenth Avenue between Island and J Street. The buildings were not deemed historical by the City but were much loved by their former tenants (e.g., Flirt Urban Salon now relocated to Eighth Ave. between F & G Streets).Continue Reading Demo Clears Way for Urbana Apartments
San Diego – the La Cusma apartments building is nearing completion in Little Italy on the Northeast corner of Columbia Street and Fir Street, one block west of I-5. The architect for the project is Carrier Johnson and the developer is “Columbia Street, LLC.” Continue Reading La Cusma apartments at Columbia & Fir in Little Italy near completion
Downtown LA developers plan to break ground Tuesday on a three-building apartment complex, reported Los Angeles Downtown News.Continue Reading Developers to Break Ground on Downtown Apartment Project Tuesday