Do people actually walk in Los Angeles? I certainly do, but obviously, I cannot speak for all Angelenos. As a Downtown (DTLA) resident and someone who enjoys walking daily, I was glad to learn that DTLA was recently named the “most walkable neighborhood in Los Angeles.” With a Walk Score of 92, DTLA is considered a “walker’s paradise.” The next most walking-friendly neighborhoods are Koreatown and Mid-City. (Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address.) [Read more…] about Walking in Los Angeles
When some people learned that I grew up in Hong Kong, they expressed that my decision to become an urban planner was not surprising. After all, Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a modern city well known for its skyscrapers, high density, creative use of limited land resources, and efficient public transportation system. They were partly right. [Read more…] about A Few Thoughts on Planning in Hong Kong and California
According to the American Planning Association (APA), successful planners should have a variety of skills, one of which is “the ability to solve problems using a balance of technical competence, creativity, and hardheaded pragmatism.” While technical competence and pragmatism are often discussed by planning scholars and practitioners alike, creativity seems to be missing from the conversation. [Read more…] about Creativity in Planning
As a park planner, I am interested in just about any discussion and presentation on parks and open space. Last week, I attended an event hosted by APA LA called “Public and Open Space in Los Angeles” which featured Sam Gennawey and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris. Gennawey, a planner and theme park and attractions industry expert, is the author of the recently released book Walt and the Promise of Progress City. Loukaitou-Sideris is Associate Dean of UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and a professor of urban planning. Her research focuses on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on urban residents. [Read more…] about Public and Private Open Space in Los Angeles
Sunriver Resort is located in eastern Oregon; 130 miles drive south of Portland, [Read more…] about Sunriver
I recently watched the Academy Award nominated documentary, Food inc. To be honest, I was hesitant about watching it. I already know more than I’d like about the sorry state of our food supply. Another film putting images in my head of slaughterhouses and e-coli poisoning was not going to make me any happier. (And, after all, being happier is something I strive to be.) [Read more…] about How food should shape our cities
Celebrating its’ tenth anniversary, the GreenBuild Conference & Expo (http://www.greenbuildexpo.org
Many developers would love to do projects of great design that are successful from every standpoint.
Stanford University has long held a tradition of innovation. The legendary tech startups, such as Yahoo and Google, that were founded by Stanford students in its’ hallowed halls are now the stuff of legend in SIlicon Valley. (In fact, Sun Microsystems got their original name as an acronym for Stanford University Network.) Billions of dollars have [Read more…] about The University as the True Hub of Green Innovation?