Development is occurring at a feverish pace in our City. The Character of our neighborhoods is under siege from outside interests. Developers are circumventing current zoning requirements using “backroom deals” with the City’s staff to provide minimal community benefits in exchange for larger projects. The result is excessive profit for the developers, and massive headaches … Continue reading City for Sale…Tons of Charm, Needs Planning
It appears that our City Council is in the midst of an identity crisis, our identity. They believe that both we and they live or should live in a different much denser urban place. They think they are working for those that would develop the City rather than those that live in it. If they … Continue reading What do we Need?
The famous renegade industrial designer Victor Papanek once wrote: “The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.” Our city is in the midst of a comprehensive, multi-year redesign effort. We can see this in the dozens of development projects slated to start in the near future, in the appearance of new … Continue reading A Plan To Get Around
To the Santa Monica City Council: Although the developer and his world class architect have done an excellent job in following the program which you and the staff outlined, neither the 148 ft. design nor the 84 foot design, though very well conceived and beautifully presented, seem right for this very significant and pivotal location … Continue reading Press Release regarding the Metropolitan Pacific Project 6.9.14
Two weeks ago one of our SM a.r.t. members was forced out of his apartment by a fire resulting from the explosion of a faulty transformer. The response by the Fire Department was exemplary, but for many of us, this incident reinforced the sense of an aging, and indeed tottering infrastructure in our city. Too … Continue reading ￼Failure to Plan Should Not Be An Option
What makes downtown Santa Monica unique? What kind of downtown do we want? What is our vision for its future? Every city needs a “raison d’etre” – a spirit that draws people to go there and stay there. Will it remain a relaxed and friendly coastal community, with the warmth of local merchants, or a … Continue reading Keeping the Heart in Santa Monica