ADA Lawsuit: The Public vs. the City of Los Angeles

ADA Lawsuit: The Public vs. the City of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, a city where automobiles dominate and pedestrians are more often an afterthought, recently settled a class-action lawsuit that will require the City to dedicate considerable resources to repairing and upgrading sidewalk and installing curb ramps to ensure that disabled and able-bodied pedestrians alike have access to safe walkways. This ruling was the subject […]

New York City’s “9×18” Plan

New York City’s “9×18” Plan

New York City has been at the forefront of several innovative efforts with urban renewal, or more accurately, “adding urban value”. According to a recent article in the New York Times, a recent effort is their “9×18” Plan, which would involve turning parking spaces (thus the “9×18”) into affordable housing. This continues a trend underway […]

FreshKills Landfill

FreshKills Landfill

I recently visited Staten Island New York.  FreshKills landfill is a dominant feature of Staten Island.  I learned that the City is now in the process of a plan to turn the landfill into a major park facility and energy generation facility.  It is intended to be an example of how a landfill and previously […]

Concrete Stamps: Pedestrian-Oriented Signage

Concrete Stamps: Pedestrian-Oriented Signage

Walking around most neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon you may notice street names, dates, and contractor’s names stamped into the concrete sidewalk.  Most of these date to the early 20th century, at a time when the city’s streetscape was solidifying through the use of asphalt and concrete. Sidewalk stamping in the U.S. became popular toward the […]

Soil Emerges through Stone Wall

Soil Emerges through Stone Wall

This beautiful dry-stacked stone wall was designed by one of the Northwest’s best landscape architects, the late Robert Murase. Recently, after heavy rains, this pile of dirt appeared at the base of the wall. It appears that surface drainage from the landscape area above the wall percolated into the landscape area and washed subsurface soil […]