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Jane Jacobs: The Case for Diversity

This is an excellent post from Jared Green, at the The Dirt: “There is no way of overcoming the visual boredom of big plans. It is built right into them … Continue reading

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Why Build a Parklet?

They’re called parklets but they’re often more like outdoor café dining areas. These sidewalk extensions are parklets because of their roots. In 2005, the clever folks at ReBar had a plan to take back some … Continue reading

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LAMCAST: CLAIMING OPEN SPACES

Originally posted on Landscape Architecture Magazine:
? Produced and directed by Austin Allen, an associate professor at Louisiana State University, Claiming Open Spaces is a documentary on the perception of…

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Oakland City Center Walk

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is hosting a conference in Oakland this weekend and I’ll be there. Well, I’ll be here because I live and work in … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Longfellow Neighborhood, Oakland

This week, my office is moving from the Longfellow neighborhood in Oakland. Each day I take a walk through the area and, in the three years I’ve been here, Longfellow has … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

How to Reform your Killer Cat

Our cat wears a harness and a leash when he’s outside. Why? He’s a killer. I love gardening and Jan loves birds. As soon as we had our own yard, … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Uptown Oakland keeps getting better.

Named a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Association, Oakland’s Uptown continues to soar. Last Saturday, I took a walk with the California Planning Foundation to find out why. The conversation started with … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 9 Comments