Many developers would love to do projects of great design that are successful from every standpoint.
In the summer of 2009, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency (SDRA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) looking for creative proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former JC Penney Building on University Avenue at Ray Street in North Park (the neighborhood North of San Diego’s Balboa Park – its 1,200 acre urban cultural park).
The excellent condition and high quality of the design of the existing building, a landmark in North Park, requires an approach that features both direct architectural intervention and subtle restraint. [Read more…] about Why Not? North Park?!
The San Francisco Chronicle reported this month that the City, while considered one of the most walkable City’s in the nation, also has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths. [Read more…] about San Francisco’s Street Grid Plan Killing People?
Recent statistics indicate that suburban commercial centers were hit harder by the recession and are recovering more slowly than their urban counterparts. This circumstance is the opposite of prior recessions in the last half century, even as recently as the 2003 – 2004 dot com bubble recession, according to the Wallstreet Journal. During the current recession, the urban core of nearly every major city in the Country suffered substantially less loss of office and retail space than the suburbs surrounding them – including hard hit Detroit. [Read more…] about Recession Reveals that Suburbs Losing Their Appeal.
Free Public Transit in downtown – With lots of reasonably dense suburbs surrounding the CBD, having free transit through the center encourages commuters to stay out of their cars when they have short trips thereby reducing the need for parking and reducing congestion. [Read more…] about 5 Things that make Portland Work…
“Smart growth,” i.e. the densification of development in both new and established communities, especially along transportation corridors, is not only a worthy objective, it’s a necessity. Sprawling development has many established negative impacts. The infrastructure to support it is disproportionately expensive to build and maintain. Its environmental footprint is disproportionately large and wasteful. It has been shown to create negative impacts on the social and physical quality of people’s lives. [Read more…] about When Smart Growth is Not and the NIMBY Is