August 6th, 2013

OPINION – Why ‘Third Place’ is a Good Place

Third place, often associated with the consolation prize in competitions of all types, is actually the best place when it comes to the concept of community building.  In this context,  ‘third place’ refers to our social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments in which we spend most of our time: home (first place) and


July 24th, 2013

BOOKS – Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step At a Time

The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core.  But in the typical American city, including San Diego, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at (fortunately and thankfully not