Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors. But some parts of your body, such as adult teeth, need to last a lifetime. Likewise certain buildings should last the lifetime of a … Continue reading The Magic of Adaptive Reuse
The train is coming! In less than two years, the Expo Line will arrive in Santa Monica. While the Expo Station will be ready on time, the adjacent Bergamot Arts Complex likely will not. This delay, however, should not give the City reason to rush into a project that lacks vision and contains many unresolved … Continue reading The Bergamot Arts Complex…. It’s not too late to get it right.
The America Oxford dictionary defines opportunity as a time or set of circumstances that are suitable for a particular purpose. Our city planning staff in formulating the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) has identified a total of eight sites. As follows:The new Expo Station and it's adjacent City owned property. Multiple transit related are envisioned at … Continue reading Opportunity Sites
By now everyone knows about the drought, although some people seem to be in denial about the problem it presents. The governor has asked for a 20% reduction in use, and our City has followed suit and asked residents to reduce water use by 20%. In the meantime, new developments–some of them especially water-intensive–continue to … Continue reading Thirsty Development
SM a.r.t evaluates candidates’ suitability to the extent they adhere to our 5 principles outlined below. Based on this 5 -point philosophy, SM a.r.t. has created 10 questions for potential candidates. Hopefully, their answers will help you select the candidate that best represents your vision for Santa Monica’s future.To preserve Santa Monica’s “relaxed” beach culture- … Continue reading SM a.r.t.’s Questions for Santa Monica City Council Candidates