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San Diego Mayor Pushing One of State’s Most Aggressive Packages for Addressing Housing Crisis

By Justin Ewers   San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled one of the most aggressive–and comprehensive–approaches in the state for tackling his city’s growing housing affordability crisis on Wednesday, following up on a pledge earlier this year to address rising prices by accelerating housing approvals and expanding supply. “The state’s housing shortage and the unaffordable […]

Micro, tiny, granny: housing shortfall solution — The Daily Transcript

Micro, tiny, granny: housing shortfall solution Mary Lydon is founder of Lydon Associates, a strategic communications consulting firm specializing in land use. Mike Stepner is a professor at New School of Architects. More affordable housing is on the nation’s mind. A growing issue is, “Cities are seemly becoming the centers for opportunities for those who already have […]

Can building design make you healthy?

The San Diego Union Tribune By: Roger Showly Posted: May 14, 2016 After decades of building car-centric suburbs, developers now realize they may be partly responsible for a rising tide of obesity. Now, led by the Urban Land Institute think tank in Washington, D.C., they’re pivoting to “healthy places” where walkability, parks, community gardens and […]

‘Connection’ Urged for Mission Valley

The San Diego Union Tribune By: Roger Showly Posted: April 30, 2016 SDSU annex, gondolas, river park discussed in preparation for area’s 2018 plan update San Diego State University’s possible redevelopment of the Qualcomm Stadium property might result in worse problems for Mission Valley if not done right. That was one of the warnings that […]

Stadium task force: Plan ‘fair’ to Chargers, taxpayers

ABC 10 News By: James R. Riffel, City News Service , Steve Fiorina Posted: May 18, 2015 Construction of a 65,000-seat football stadium for San Diego should be financed with a mix of financial contributions from the city and county of San Diego, the Chargers and the NFL, plus bond and land sales, an advisory […]

Taking a Wide Lens on Mission Valley

New developments don’t exist in isolation — they can have a big impact on a neighborhood. That’s why the Citizens’ Stadium Advisory Group decided early on to take a holistic approach once we selected Mission Valley as the preferred site for a new Chargers stadium. Less than three months ago, Mayor Kevin Faulconer asked us to do two things: […]

A stadium for San Diego: A task force that just might work

U-T San Diego Editorial Board 02:25p.m. Jan 30, 2015 Despite much public skepticism about “yet another task force” to plan a new football stadium for San Diego and the Chargers, and despite the history of failure of many similar groups, there is solid reason for optimism that this time it will be different, that this […]

Planners’ new slogan: Winner or dud?

‘Complete community’ offered as replacement for ‘smart growth’ Roger Showley • UT   Urban planners and developers, always on the hunt for a new catchphrase, admitted Wednesday that they have largely failed to tell the public what’s ahead as San Diego enters an increasingly urbanized future. “It was instructive to me about how we are […]

Silo Takes Co-working Outdoors

By Katherine Poythress The event planners for Silo, the art-splashed icon of the burgeoning Makers Quarter district in San Diego’s East Village, launched a series of co-working days this week. Makers Quarter, Moniker Group and the Downtown San Diego Partnership are hosting Bring Your Own Work Day every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Up Close with Mary Lydon

When real estate developers get rowdy at professional association get-togethers—this is hypothetical, of course—who herds the cats? Often, it’s the association staff, like ULI San Diego/Tijuana executive director Mary Lydon. While earning her degree in nutritional sciences at Wisconsin-Madison, Mary had no idea her training would come in handy in her present job. Given ULI’s […]

‘Uncertainty’ surrounds 2014 housing market

New Urban Land Institute chairman offers neutral debate forum Roger Showley • UT   Arterro, a La Costa project by Davidson Communities, is one of the newest housing developments to open in the county this year. Housing, which zoomed up 18.4 percent in price last year, faces “uncertain” prospects this year, according to Tim Sullivan, […]

Planners, builders have bigger impact on health than some might expect

Roger Showley • U-T Does San Diego deserve the moniker “Fat Diego”? The comments from a panel of experts sure point that way. We drive too much, walk too little, crave too much junk food. And our neighborhoods make us do it. A developer, research director and walkability advocate laid out how far San Diego […]

Be Bold: Align with the Future

Be Bold: Align with the Future By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker   If you read the local papers or listen to broadcast news, you know that it seems as if we are collectively holding our breath, just waiting for things to get back to the way they were. But “the way things were” is […]

Recession provides silver lining for civic vision

Recession provides silver lining for civic vision By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker One of the unintended consequences of the recession is that great minds have time to ponder deeper thoughts. Innovative minds seem to be off in many directions these days planning strategies to help us get out of our plight. How to do […]

Great schools as an economic development tool

Great schools as an economic development tool By: Mary Lydon and Tony Pauker One of the greatest single influences on land use is public elementary and middle schools. Communities that have great public schools have great investments in real estate. High performing schools attract families to buy or rent homes. Those residents support local retail. […]