Many armchair planners are trying to blame the virus crisis on density. Real planners shouldn’t let them get away with it.
Many elements of great, but forbidden, urbanism are on display in a bygone version of Los Angeles
Visual depictions of projects remain an issue — though accessibility might actually be improved for some. Brown Act has been loosened for the duration of COVID-19
Even entitled buildings won’t be built unless they have financing
We’re supposed to hate Solvang’s kitsch. But it’s got great bones — for several blocks in all directions
In Golden Gates, Conor Dougherty chronicles the rise of the YIMBY movement and California’s battle over housing — with the aplomb of an East Bay skateboarder
A typical jumble of land-use measures — but they suggest California’s future direction
Barry Siegel’s new book about the 1932 Olympics shows how much chutzpah counted in early Los Angeles
To cut down on discretionary review, new housing laws require cities to approve housing projects so long as they conform to “objective” design standards. Cities are scrambling to draft standards that promote housing and promote desired aesthetic goals
SB 50 went down in flames once more. But the bill gave the state cover for other bills that would otherwise would have been considered radical. And RHNA is forcing upzoning all over the state.
CP&DR’s retrospective of the triumphs, failures, and tensions that influenced California’s built environment in the 2010s
The “retail apocalypse” has claimed a particularly unfortunate victim: the homegrown outdoor equipment chain Adventure 16. California’s cities and wilderness are both worse off
This Land skewers the federal land management agencies — and, in the process, indirectly provides a good reason to keep CEQA and California’s other environmental laws
While many Bay Area cities resist growth, El Cerrito is booming with transit oriented plan on San Pablo Avenue
Advances in mobility technologies — from electric cars to robotic shopping carts — are dazzling. But planners will be hard-pressed to predict which ones will prevail.
If the Uberpocalypse (Lyftaclysm?) transpires, cities are going to find themselves time-warped back to 2009
Santa Barbara will be on full display at next week’s conference of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. In advance of the conference, CP&DR’s Josh Stephens spoke with Santa Barbara Community Development Director George Buell.
CP&DR’s Josh Stephens spoke with Vishaan Chakrabarti about his transition to Berkeley and the urban environment he will encounter upon moving west.