Author Archives: Ron Nestor
Let’s face it, the easy sites are all gone. We are left with the remnants – irregular shaped, topographically challenged, limited access, penned in by crowded roads with numerous constraints imposed by NIMBYs, difficult adjacencies like railroads or freeways, entitlement requirements, utilities, and environmental challenges such as sea-level rise or oil wells.
On May 25th, the City of Pasadena held their 2017 Historic Preservation Awards. City Ventures’ Ambassador Gardens was recognized, alongside eight other recipients, at the prestigious ceremony. After welcoming comments by Mayor Terry Tornek and Councilman Andy Wilson noting the City’s dedication to preservation, Leon White, Principal Planner, and Kevin Johnson, Senior Planner, presented the […]
More than ten years ago, I read “The Dream Society” by internationally known futurist Rolf Jensen, first published in 1999. He provocatively peered into the forces that will shape our lives in coming years. Now, today, I can see just how piercingly accurate many of his projections have become.
On March 21, the Danville Town Council recognized the achievement of Castle Companies for the rehabilitation of what has been the centerpiece of the historic downtown since the 1890s.
Background: California Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) has introduced legislation that would overturn current law and would mandate higher labor and housing costs on new apartments and housing in California, posing a grave threat to the entire construction industry. It is estimated by Beacon Economics that if passed, AB199 would add approximately 46% to the […]
The 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) wrapped up on January 12th in Orlando, Florida. With more than 80,000 participants and 1,500 exhibitors filling the halls of one of the largest convention facilities in the world, you could truly say this show was “Yuge.” An underlying nervousness could be felt, however, in many of the presentations […]