Howard Blackson

Are today's city planners fulfilling the promise of John Nolen? Howard Blackson explores a profession losing its influence, and ponders how to get it back.
Apr 9, 2013   PlaceShakers
We solve problems with over-engineered, anti-urban infrastructure schemes even though we have no plan for funding their future maintenance obligations. Howard Blackson uses San Diego as an example, and offers up some pedestrian-oriented solutions.
Feb 19, 2013   PlaceShakers
Howard Blackson's words of advice for San Diego's new administration are applicable wherever it is you call home. Neighborhoods first!
Feb 6, 2013   PlaceShakers
How might planners advance the dialogue with politicians and citizens for design that supports the 633,782 homeless people in the US? Howard Blackson offers some insights for San Diego, the 3rd largest population of homeless among US cities.
Dec 17, 2012   PlaceShakers
Howard Blackson's "Next Urbanism Lab" series looks at recent trends and lessons learned for urban designers. While the Bilbao Effect, the Vancouver Model, the High Line, and Active Living may provide seductive role models, local insight is key.
Nov 30, 2012   PlaceShakers
Howard Blackson walks through the planning layers of San Diego for a history lesson as well as a look to the Next Urbanism.
Nov 11, 2012   PlaceShakers
Last Friday was annual PARK(ing) Day, and for Howard Blackson, who participated in a pilot park(let) project in San Diego, the reasons to enable context appropriate civic space was underscored again.
Sep 25, 2012   PlaceShakers
As we increasingly relearn the lessons of city-building, just getting the ground floor right is no longer good enough.
Sep 21, 2012   PlaceShakers and NewsMakers
Getting along is much easier when the fronts and backs of buildings are rational: public activities out front, private out back, and a street wall to keep them orderly.
Aug 17, 2012   PlaceShakers
As libraries and and post offices are replaced by private development while streets and sidewalks lack funding, what can be done to enliven the public realm?
May 27, 2012   PlaceShakers
As San Diego is paralyzed by the cost to maintain its infrastructure, Howard Blackson revels in a eureka moment, provided by Chuck Marohn, in recognizing the city's explicitly suburban pattern of development is a well-documented financial blunder.
Apr 24, 2012   PlaceShakers