In this age of planning emphasis on “smart growth,” “new urbanism,” “transit oriented development,” “infill development” and so on, density and proximity to transit corridors sometimes overshadow all other considerations. Zoning and Community plans years in the making, with wide participation, are now being viewed by some property owners and city officials as obsolete and vulnerable. Local residents are increasingly resentful as they experience frontal assaults to the scale and character of their neighborhoods – the essence of how they identify with their neighborhoods. Continue Reading Three Reasons Neighborhood Identity is Paramount in Smart Growth
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more and/or improve your project management skills? If your answer is yes, then I have a book to recommend to you: Project Management for Planners: A Practical Guide (2002) by Terry A. Clark. Continue Reading Book Review: Project Management for Planners
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.
“What’s up, doc?” Just about everyone knows this as popular cartoon character Bugs Bunny’s catchphrase. It is also what a few people have jokingly said to me after learning that I hold a doctorate in planning. Continue Reading What’s Up, Doc in Planning?
In Part 1 of this series, we explored the context that made greenfield or exurban sites attractive for post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, as well as two examples of this strategy. Part 2 takes us to two examples of government-built housing, the informal settlement of Canaan, and draws some conclusions.
3 and 4) Zoranje
There is no away
On some philosophical level, most of us recognize the truth in this adage which has gained traction in recent years.Continue Reading The ravines of Port-au-Prince (part 2)
The ravines of Port-au-Prince represent for me a perfect distillation of adjectives about this city.
A city is not only the result of the equation that summarize an indefinite number of buildings; instead it is more likely considerable as the result of many layers and grids overlapping on each other creating patterns in ways that can generate uniques rhythms. Continue Reading Cities. Like Human Bodies
San Diego – The 13th & Market Project is now under construction directly west of the Albertson’s grocery store in East Village of downtown San Diego. Prior to the economic melt-down of 2008, the site was slated to be developed with a 14 story mixed use residential condominium project, named Market Street Village II. Continue Reading 13th & Market Project in East Village Under Construction Now