Have you heard of “nature-deficit disorder“? Coined by author and journalist Richard Louv, the term refers to possible negative consequences to individual health and the […]
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- Newsom's folly: California High-Speed Rail to be built only from Merced to Bakersfield.Click on image for article in SF Curbed. Imagine if Boston ditched the Big Dig half-way through. Imagine if the San Francisco to Oakland Bay Bridge stopped at Yerba Buena Island. Imagine if the Transcontinental Railroad track extended only from Nevada to Wyoming. For California High Speed Rail, Newbie Governor Gavin Newsom seems to be picking the worst route of all - the one that will make everybody unhappy and will ensure that the high-speed rail that is built is a catastrophic failure. It will have his name on it - and probably not in a good way. Newsom's reasoning? The ballooning cost estimates on the one hand vs. the prospect of having to return $3.5 billion in federal funding if the project is canceled altogether, on the other hand. As a result, he has made the classically worst decision of all: half do it. Not many projects looked worse than Boston's Big Dig for cost overruns and other disasters. But now, 15 years after completion, even the Big Dig looks golden. It was a catalyst for billions of dollars of construction, attracting major corporate headquarters, making the city more livable, and greatly improved traffic flow. Click on image for article in Curbed SF.February 12, 2019 1:47 pm
- L.A. approves $120 million to encourage building faster, cheaper homeless housing - LA TimesFebruary 8, 2019 5:44 pm
- From Resourceful to Illegal - The racialized history of garage housing in Los Angeles - Boom CaliforniaFebruary 6, 2019 6:31 am
- A Train Instead of the 405: The Impossible Dream One Step Closer to Reality in L.A. - PlanetizenJanuary 31, 2019 7:47 am
News & Viewsfrom UrbDeZine Panelists.
Let me begin with a confession. I almost decided not to continue my annual update of Presents for Plannerds which I started in 2013. As my family knows, I have never been much of a shopper, but I thought it would be fun to compile a list of gift ideas for my fellow planners and […]
Can you believe that it is October already? With 2019 arriving in less than three months, I would like to highlight twelve events that planners, architects, and landscape architects can look forward to in the new year.
Where are new parks most needed? What types of park amenities does a community need more of? Which sports are most popular in a city or neighborhood? How many residents are within a half-mile of a park? If a new park is built at a certain location, how many more youths would be served? These […]
The UrbDeZine community is saddened to lose one of its own: Michael P. Russell of the award winning Los Angeles Author Panel. Michael’s article about Los Angeles homelessness is one of UrbDeZine’s most widely read of all time. The following is a tribute and memory we received notifying us of Mike’s passing on August 8, […]