Cut to the Chase
|SDDT 2/24/03||Irrational planning... on rails||
The politics at issue here are the politics of big-money and good-old-boyism involved with so-called Light Rail Transit (LRT) planning in our region. There's nothing really light about LRT in terms of either the costs or time it takes to deliver.
|SDDT 2/17/03||Great cities, great planning... and San Diego||
The following are comments presented to the Land Use and Housing Committee on February 12, 2003, concerning General Plan Update Work program for the Planning Department. The group's purpose is to update the General Plan and Community Plans to become consistent with the Strategic Framework Element, aka City of Villages.
|SDDT 11/02||Balancing Progress With Preservation||
The following is a condensed version of remarks from a speech I made to a San Diego Chamber of Commerce audience, entitled Balancing Progress With Preservation.
|SDDT 10/14/02||Reinvent planning||
How did they plan great cities before we had fancy computers to draw colorful maps? Are cities planned better since? These questions were brought into focus recently when I attended a meeting where developers were presenting their ground-truthing for the County's General Plan 2020 update.
|SDDT 9/25/02||In pursuit of good growth||
What do soccer moms, bored teenagers and weary commuters have in common? They are identified as just a few of the "victims of sprawl" in "Suburban Nation," a book by leading new urbanist designers and implementors: Andres Duany, Elizatbeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck.
|SDDT 9/1/02||City of Parks or City of Parking?||
I do not disagree that this "Strategic Framework Element" for the General Plan contains some good language. But good language that is not enforceable and sets no standards is just that: pretty prose and nothing more.
|SDDT 8/5/02||Housing Hysteria||
Unprecedented discussions about San Diegos unaffordable housing have taken place since a July 2001 City Council direction that staff create proposal for a "flexible inclusionary housing program with incentives."
|SDDT 6/12/02||Plan before power||
Bills are being pursued in the State legislature ... to give more land-use power to the San Diego Association of Governments by establishing it as the official, state-mandated regional government.
|SDDT 5/27/02||Protect What Merits Protection||
On May 1, 2002, Watt Commercial Properties had workers chop down three mature jacaranda trees in downtown San Diego.
|SDDT 2/25/02||Fired Up||
The history of Californias beautiful landscapes has been greatly shaped by the awesome power of fire.
|SDDT 12/17/01||Leadership with Sprawl Vision||
While most people would find solace in some swatches of remaining rolling hills and open space, each of those remaining private undeveloped areas of any size has plans and projects already permitted and/or in the pipeline.
|SDDT 10/29/01||Lower costs doesn't equal more affordable||This is a Cut to the Chase "special edition" in the sense that it's a rebuttal to a commentary by Steve Doyle, President of the San Diego Building Industry Association. For those of you who didn't seen it, I include it, followed by my response.|
|SDDT 9/10/01||Flat-Earth Thinking in Our Time||
I'm fed up with big-airport boosterism. Study after study after study has piled up on putting a new international airport in the San Diego region. These studies provide easy targets for "Golden Fleece" awards from the San Diego County Taxpayer's Association.
|SDDT 8/27/01||It takes a region||The foreseeable problems identified by RGEC - continued declines in quality of life due to sprawl, loss of open space, funding and infrastructure deficits, pollution and traffic - are unlikely to be solved until some accountable regional decision-making body is established to enhance the current limitations and biases of the SANDAG "agency-by-memo" structure.|
|SDDT 7/16/01||Santee Folly Square||Is there anything in this project that makes it oriented toward the trolley - other than the name? I think not. When you look at the site plan, it's dominated by parking, parking, parking. It's basically one-story, big-box, car-oriented retail: a poster child for "infill sprawl."|
|SDDT 6/18/01||Pollitics||Higher taxes or higher traffic? Which would you choose? The problem is, we are getting both.|
|SDDT 6/1/01||Guidelines for Future Development||The city of San Diego Planning Department is all honked-up in its production of an amendment to the General Plan, something blandly called the Strategic Framework Element.|
|SDDT 2/23/01||Regional questions||
If regionalism is the answer, what's the question? And who's asking it?
|SDDT 7/16/00||Who Wants It?||City of San Diego General Plan and Growth Shell Game|
|SDDT 8/7/00||Biotech vs Biology?||Problems and solutions of energy deregulation|
|SDDT 7/10/00||Ask the Mayoral Candidates||Politics, Environment and The Mayor|
|SDDT 7/3/00||Market Failure||Affordable housing|
|SDDT 5/15/00||Blame Game||Wetlands vs. Roads|
|SDDT 4/24/00||Rationale for Regionalism||Smart Growth & regionalism|
|SDDT 4/10/00||Smart growth showdown||Assumption of Smart Growth|
|SDDT 4/3/00||Sprawlitics||County rezone of agricultural preserves|
|SDDT 3/13/00||Putting up||What would a great transportation system be like?|
|SDDT 1/21/00||Sprawl schools||Schools vs. affordable housing|
|SDDT 11/26/99||Influences Past and Future||Growth/sprawl -- the Top 10 influences in American cities|
|SDDT 11/22/99||Growth Politics||Urban planning/sprawl -- Fanita Ranch|
|SDDT 11/12/99||Road to ruin||Public weighs in on bad roads|
|SDDT 10/20/99||Solving Sprawl||How and why about sprawl|
|SDDT 10/18/99||What Fuels These Mortals Be||Oil overdependence & fuel economy|
|SDDT 10/1/99||Ways to Go||Solutions & the paradox of auto-mobility|
|Civic Infrastructure||Public participation|
|SDDT 7/19/99||More of the same|
|SDDT 6/7/99||Political Infrastructure||Thinking regionally|
|SDDT 5/31/99||Civic Salad||Smart growth|
|SDDT 5/3/99||Still Smarting||Smart growth|
|SDDT 4/3/99||Planning to fail||Fees for smart growth|
|SDDT 3/29/99||Grow Getters||Smart growth?|
|SDDT 3/22/99||Course correction||Business & Sustainability|
|SDDT 3/15/99||Better not Bigger||Myths of growth|
|SDDT 3/8/99||Driving Evolution||Green cars & trucks|
|SDDT 3/1/99||Growtesque||Dysfunctional growth|
|SDDT 2/22/99||Global Growth||Population growth|
|SDDT 2/15/99||Minds over Matter||How much stuff do we have?|
|SDDT 2/8/99||Lanes to nowhere||Congestion & sprawl|
|SDDT 2/1/99||Special Studies||Mission Bay Park|
|SDDT 1/25/99||Grow Up San Diego||Population growth|
|SDDT 1/18/99||Mismatch?||What kind of growth?|
|SDDT 12/7/98||Sustainable Water Future||State water blueprint|
|SDDT 11/30/98||Giving Thanks||Carmel Mountain Preserve|
|SDDT 11/9/98||Ballot Box Reality||Review of election results|
|SDDT 10/26/98||Sprawl Wars||Responsible growth?|
|SDDT 9/14/98||Sprawling America||Suburban sprawl growth|
|SDDT 9/7/98||Cultural Evolution||Building vs stopping projects|
|SDDT 8/24/98||Trickle Down Housing||Affordable housing|
|SDDT 8/17/98||Putting a Price on Mom||Ecology, economics & growth|
|SDDT 8/10/98||Trip to Tomorrowland||Disneyland & trarnsportation planning|
|SDDT 7/27/98||Car Redux||Grwoth & traffic|
|SDDT 7/20/98||21st Century Infrastructure: Builders Wanted||Science, environment & growth|
|SDDT 7/6/98||Planning Happens||Planning & growth|
|SDDT 6/22/98||A Tale of Two Developments||Growth & development|
|SDDT 6/15/98||Political education||Transit connections missing|
|SDDT 5/15/98||Get out of gridlock||Sharing the road|
|SDDT 5/8/98||Quite a vision or Growing Up?||Urban growth/open space|
|SDDT 5/1/98||Growth vs. evolution||Sustainability|
|SDDT 4/27/98||Time for a New American Dream||Voluntary Simplicity|
|SDDT 4/3/98||Smart Taxes||Tax pollution,reward enterprise|
|SDDT 3/16/98||A bay in the
hand is worth a bunch to Busch, or
Givin' away the bay
|Mission Bay Park|
|SDDT 3/2/98||Going, Going, Gone||Endangered biodiversity|
|SDDT 2/23/98||All Wet||Local flooding issues|
|SDDT 2/16/98||Meet the Enemy||Population growth|
|SDDT 2/2/98||Phase This, or Dumb or Dumber?||SR-56 & growth|
|SDDT 1/26/98||Prescription for Decongestion Needed||Freeway congestion|
|SDDT 1/12/98||Fields of Dreams, or People Politics||The ballot initiative process|
|SDDT 1/12/98||Growing the Future||Our addiction to growth|
|SDDT 12/29/97||In with the new||Year-end summary|
|SDDT 12/22/97||Responsibility Relief||Regulatory relief politics|
|SDDT 12/8/97||Tyranny of Choice or The Terms of the Deals||Downtown dealmaking|
|SDDT 11/17/97||Wets up?||Wetlands protection|