How the West is growing taller. And how people are moving out.

Last night, I found a story on The Washington Post’s Evening Edition that included some extraordinary graphics and photographs. The story, headlined “The rising Western skyline,” examines the changes in Western cities as ever-taller buildings are growing on our horizons. The report starts with Denver, then moves on to Seattle, Long Beach, and Sacramento – …

Bringing ‘culturally significant’ buildings into the preservation fold

For the last few months, I’ve been attending meetings of the city’s Landmark Ordinance Task Force meetings. The meetings began last March, and are close to wrapping up. The goals are wide-ranging: updating the make-up of the Lower Downtown Design Review Board, probably extending the timeline for consideration of potentially landmarking a property, adding a …

Making plans for the future — and (we hope) the people

Cities love to make plans. All kind of plans. Some get implemented, and others sit on a shelf. And as we recall, the best line ever about making plans was Daniel Burnham’s often-quoted “make no little plans.” Burnham and his co-author, Edward H. Bennett, were tapped in 1906 to create a plan for Chicago’s growth. …