Category Archives: Planning

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.

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Do you remember running around your neighborhood as a kid exploring and discovering your surroundings? I do. I remember building forts, riding bikes or playing streetball with my friends until it got dark. Once the streetlights came on, it was game over and time to head home. Times have definitely changed. Over the last 30 […]

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As planners and architects working on macro- and micro-scale communities, we are often asked, “What makes a Great Neighborhood?” It’s not an easy question with a singular, analytical answer. It’s a question of physical and emotional dimensions that evokes our personal experience and preferences.

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In this week’s blog, we take a deeper look at one of our Gold Nugget award of merit winners, The Downtown Collection in the heart of Bellflower by City Ventures. These 3-story townhomes offer buyers stylish, vibrant and contemporary architecture on an irregular infill parcel. Residents will be close to work, retail, dining and entertainment.

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Every year, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) celebrates up and coming stars with the Emergent Leadership Awards to recognize individuals who have shown tremendous dedication, leadership and a commitment to better their industry.

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Over the last few years there has been a lot of news about a slumping Chinese economy.  Home sales and retail revenues are down from their highs just a few years ago.  With this boom and bust cycle there are some opportunities developing for well leveraged private developers.

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Construction has begun on Crestavilla, a 201-unit senior living complex in Laguna Niguel. Designed with the notion of “Cruise Ship Living,” the luxurious project will provide numerous amenities and activities for active seniors. One of the highlights of the amenities will be the rooftop produce garden.

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