ROBUST GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT MANDATING PARKING

ROBUST GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT MANDATING PARKING What happens when you get rid of minimum parking requirements in a downtown district while also adding 4,500 people to the downtown? Many would suggest that adding so many people in a short time while removing parking minimums would be bad for businesses because parking spaces would be tougher to find. Fargo, ND provides a compelling case study showing that downtown businesses can thrive under these circumstances. FARGO’S STORY Fargo leaders wanted to see more development downtown and realized their parking requirements were creating a barrier for developers. So, they created a special … Read more

Oxnard Community College District

Oxnard Community College District   Sounds great, doesn’t it. The VCCCD is building a beautiful new Ventura campus like gangbusters – yet our style conscious Oxnard youth are being shortchanged with an unappealing campus and limited class offerings. WHY?   There are many more Oxnard CC students than in any other part of the county – yet the technical classes our students need and want are only offered in Ventura and Moorpark. Welding for instance. The public transportation Oxnard students need is nonexistent. Oxnard is holding back our youth and thwarting the cities economic development. Education and Economic Development go hand-in-hand in Oxnard, as it does everywhere. It’s … Read more

The Five Cs of Neighborhood Planning

The Five Cs of Neighborhood Planning This is a brilliant article on Placemaking by CNU-CA’s Howard Blackson. It’s a short easy read if you skim it – it’s a deep treatise on Placemaking if you think about each of the C’s and how it applies to your daily civic meanderings and our city. How does Oxnard compare to the 5 C’s – does it work? And where does it not work and what would it take to make it work? – OCPG I live in a city that is currently updating its Community Plans. This is an historically difficult planning job … Read more

The Public Realm

The Public Realm Complete streets are more than bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks, and vehicle lanes; they are buildings that engage the people in the right of way. Well-designed plazas, squares, and greens are framed by landscape design and architecture that relates to local culture, history, and climate. New urbanists have long advanced the idea that the public realm ties cities together and is a potential source of joy and inspiration to all citizens. Former Bogota mayor Enrique Peñalosa may have said it best: “Great public space is a kind of magical good. It never ceases to yield happiness. It is almost … Read more