Local and regional parks can be used to mitigate the urban heat island effect and minimize local climate change. Unfortunately, this idea is not often shared, discussed, and/or adequately understood. If you do a search on the web on “climate change and parks,” you will find that most of the results are links to information about how climate change is impacting national parks. Examples include a discussion on the National Park Service (NPS) website, and recent articles published by National Geographic and Scientific America. Continue Reading Parks and Climate Change: The L.A. County Story
What does a creative live/work community art center look like? Does it even exist? Well, it certainly does and we have a wonderful example of such a facility here in Los Angeles. Continue Reading Art Share L.A.: Promoting and Supporting the Arts
City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s health. In fact, from the earliest days of their implementation, parks have been tools for boosting air quality, encouraging safe physical recreation, reducing disease and discouraging crime, according to the George Wright Forum.Continue Reading How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health
July 16, 2014, 10:00 am, ULI Webinar on Tax-Exempt Infrastructure Financing
July 16, 2014, 1-3pm · Save Our Heritage Organisation – San Diego’s 245th Birthday at Whaley House
July 20, 2014, 10:30am · Bankers Hill Walking Tour
July 18, 2014, 9:00 am, Make Your Point Using Your Authentic Voice – A Workshop for Professional Women in Real Estate
July 23, 2014 6:00 pm, The Young Leaders Present: What Do Millennials Really Want?
July 24, 2014 7:00 am, Green Space and Connections: Will Coordinated Strategies Link San Diego’s Bays?
(Organizations tracked: ULI, AIA, SOHO, SDAF, C-3, FSDA, New School of Architecture, Woodbury School of Architecture)
Interesting gas, fire, and water utility forms encountered walking from B St. to the Imperial Ave Trolley Station in downtown San Diego the other day . . . [click on any photo for slideshow]
In How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters by Vishaan Chakrabarti, the author uses the example of Hurricane Sandy’s effects within New York City to highlight urban resilience:
…higher-density neighborhoods—from downtown Brooklyn and Battery Park City up to Harlem—were up and running within a week. By contrast, lower density areas like Staten Island and Breezy Point—with their single-family homes, elevated power lines, timber construction, and auto-dependency—took longer to recover.
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.
At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?