Category Archives: Updates

Pedestrian “Improvements”: Safety vs. Friendly

Pedestrian Safety and Pedestrian Friendly are often used interchangeably, as if they were the same thing. They aren’t. Designs that are Pedestrian Safe are not necessarily Pedestrian Friendly. On the other hand, designs that are Pedestrian Friendly are always safe. … Continue reading

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A New Mobility Plan for a Changed World

The Uptown, North Park, and Golden Hill Community Plans are currently being updated. The Mobility Section of these plans will be especially challenging, because everything has changed since these plans were last written. What has changed? Growth In a Fix … Continue reading

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Does Highway Expansion Relieve Congestion?

Apparently not. Yet another study is out showing that widening and building more roads in metropolitan areas does nothing to relieve congestion or reduce delay. This is called “induced traffic”. In other words, if you build it, more cars will … Continue reading

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The $433,000.00 Crosswalk

Construction is now underway at the intersection of Park Blvd. and Cypress Street for a new crosswalk. Total cost: $433,000.00. No, that is not a misplaced comma. Some would say that this new crosswalk, with flashing lights and signs is … Continue reading

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The right to live in the suburbs

I was honored and happy that Voice of San Diego published an op-ed that I wrote about density. I was also pleased to see the comments section light up with arguments for and against density. It’s a conversation that needs … Continue reading

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Squeezing into those old, outgrown jeans

I haven’t worn a size 32 waist since college. Yet it doesn’t stop me from trying to squeeze into an old pair of  jeans I keep around “just in case”. The fact is, I’ll never be a 32 again, no … Continue reading

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Growing a City

Cities are organisms like people. So, “Urban Planning” has always seemed to be an odd thing to me. It’s akin to attempting “Child Planning”. As every parent know, there is no such thing as planing a child’s life for the … Continue reading

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Right Sizing Uptown

The hot topic in Uptown is the Community Plan Update (CPU), with special emphasis on building heights. Is there a right size building height for Uptown? Yes there is – and No there isn’t.  The streets of Uptown are about … Continue reading

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Documenting Hillcrest’s Parking Problem

Parking is a contentious issue in Hillcrest, – or at least the perceived lack of parking. Lately the issue has threatened to delay, dumb-down, or even derail the construction of really great, protected bike lanes on University Avenue. I thought … Continue reading

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Re-Imagine

Recently, we were asked to “Imagine”. Now it’s time to really imagine, San Diego - to Re-Imagine. What is Re-Imagine Urban San Diego? It is a vision for a truly high quality, urban life in the heart of San Diego. It … Continue reading

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