Adaptive Reuse or Vertical Sprawl?

We have written about adaptive re-use in our previous columns of “The Magic of Adaptive Reuse” and “Shape Up”. We postulate that with proper incentives, the existing one, two and three story buildings lining our downtown streets and our boulevards provide all the buildable area we need if properly re-purposed for new uses, including housing. … Continue reading Adaptive Reuse or Vertical Sprawl?

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Preparing Santa Monica for the next big earthquake

Last week’s SMa.r.t. column was about sustainability. This week we look at another part of sustainability: surviving inevitable crises that rarely occur but have a disastrous impact. For example, the San Andreas fault creeps about 2 inches per year but in a large earthquake could move 12 feet in a minute. Likewise, the climbing ocean … Continue reading Preparing Santa Monica for the next big earthquake

Santa Monica’s Future: Sustainable or Untenable?

In 2013, Santa Monica was named the nation’s fifth-most sustainable city according to a prominent national organization dedicated to sustainable development and living. As one of the densest cities in the state, we may need to work harder to maintain our high marks for sustainability in the future. Our density will only increase as our … Continue reading Santa Monica’s Future: Sustainable or Untenable?