If our city were a ship, it might be described as “floundering and adrift.” At times it seems that Santa Monica knows neither where it’s going nor, if it did, how to get there. It is difficult to make policy without a clear vision or a well-defined course of action. For example, do we see … Continue reading Santa Monica…A City Searching for Itself at Sea
In our built out City, there are six significant areas of land whose eventual development will have an inordinate impact on the future of our City. Development of these areas, if left to today’s “market forces” without considering the big picture. may result in in an irretrievably lost opportunity that could distort our City for … Continue reading A Six Pack of City Defining Areas
SMart (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow) has long advocated for a low rise City: that is a City primarily with buildings no taller than four stories. In this first part of two articles, we will dig deeper and discuss the benefits of such a low rise City. The most important benefit is sustainability. … Continue reading Why a Low-Rise City?