We hear a lot about “smart growth” in the press, in blogs, and at planning commissions these days. There are folks who support smart growth projects, and folks who don’t. But of course, no one ever couches their opposition to a smart growth project in terms of favoring “dumb growth,” although that’s what they may really be saying, if they thought about it. [Read more]
Have you ever been to Old Town Monrovia? It is the heart of Monrovia, a city of about 37,000 residents located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. While most people may be familiar with Old Pasadena, few talk about the one in Monrovia. This is a shame because Old Town Monrovia is a very attractive, comfortable, and charming place for pedestrians.Continue Reading Old Town Monrovia: Heart of the Community
These sidewalks are a public health danger, an interruption of social justice and an eyesore.Continue Reading These Sidewalks Are Not Made for Walkin’
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
San Diego’s downtown street grid and its small blocks make continuous walking difficult, especially for people trying to go in a straight line. Jogging is even more difficult. The blocks are 200 by 300 feet. Among major cities, only Portland has smaller blocks at 200 by 200 feet. Continue Reading Why Downtown San Diego Pedestrians Stop for Cars More Than Any Other City and What to do About it.
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.
“I have always believed in architecture as a tool to enhance spaces and human environment”.Continue Reading A coffee with an Italian Architect: Cino Zucchi
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.
At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?
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?