An Archive of Blogs… (this title has that ‘Led Zeppelin’ or ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ feel to it)

Social Media, Urban Design, Urban Planning

My former company, PlaceMakers, has a great blog site and wealth of blogs archived to mine a wealth of urban design, community buildings, and innovative ideas from. They fortunately keep my old blogs on their database that can be found here.

They are also recirculating a very good idea Scott Doyon played with from a comment I made in an earlier blog on ‘PlaceShaking vs. PlaceMaking.’ It can be found here and think its relevant to our smaller steps to city making and how we get things done in the 21st century. Check them out, they do great work and I’m looking forward to their new plaza in Downtown Las Cruces grand opening soon. Cheers!

The Spoken Word… (Podcasts)

Social Media, Urban Planning

I sincerely appreciate the following dedicated podcasters who allowed me to speak on various place making topics… all of whom I admire and hope everyone subscribes to.

This month, March 2014, Andy Boenau’s Urban Speakeasy was a dreamcast of being asked my thoughts on how to create walkable urbanism and I blab away here… Andy makes great movies too.

Last fall of 2013, I talked with Voice of San Diego’s Andy Keatts, Scott Lewis and Rage Green about the resignation of City of San Diego’s Planning Director, and my former boss, Bill Fulton (starts at minute 22:10) here, as well as other San Diego issues, such as our favorite freak out topic: ‘Density!’ I thoroughly enjoy this teams weekly discussions and reporting on all things San Diego.

At CNU 21 in Salt Lake City, Strong Towns leaders Chuck Marohn and Andrew Burleson talked with me twice, for which I am grateful for our conversation here (about Big Ideas starting by minute 16:00) and here. These are weblinks that may not connect for everyone. Know that Strong Towns podcasts are on iTunes. The organization is taking on and changing our nation’s suburban development patterns with rational exuberance. Chuck Marohn is pure gold.

The cover image is something I made for Bike San Diego, but it could very well be an image of an iPhone recorder with its operator who seeks out opinions, perspectives, and insight on issues that affect the quality of our every day lives. With the recent ‘Serial‘ being the next ‘Snow Fall,’ and changing the Podcast game, I’m excited for the future of Urbanism Speakeasy, Voice of San Diego, and Strong Towns.