The Urban Discovery School, currently located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood just north of downtown San Diego, is proposing a move to a new location in downtown’s East Village. The project involves some welcome adaptive reuse and will allow the school to grow to 450 students. The school’s is nearing the end of its term at its current location. The new site is owned by the San Diego Community College District. Urban Discovery School has negotiated a 99 year lease which will go to the College District Board for approval on April 17, 2014. The site is the block bounded by 13th & 14th Avenues and E & F Streets, near the planned Village Green park. The Civic San Diego staff report summarizes the project as follows:
Starting on March 22nd of this year, Government Center on “the T,” as the subway is known by the locals in Boston, will be closed for renovation. Continue Reading Government Center’s closure (Boston)
A recent article by John Karras, founder of consulting firm UrbanSCALE, offered “12 Strategies That Will Transform Your City’s Downtown.” The article was a good selection of the many revitalization strategies, and addressed some important sticking points, e.g., transitioning from auto-orientation and healing the gashes created by the the last half century of urban freeway construction. One or two of the strategies are still-controversial or not widely accepted, e.g., eliminating minimum parking requirements (even imposing maximum parking restrictions), which made the article even more of a worthwhile read. Moreover, Continue Reading How San Diego’s Downtown Scores on 12 Point ‘Vibrant Downtown Strategies’ Test
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?
At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?
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
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