Starry False Solomon’s Seal
One of the best things about a woodland garden is the way shadows, green tones, and soft duff evoke the presence of enchanted creatures just beyond our vision. No plant … Continue reading
Why Build a Parklet?
They’re called parklets but they’re often more like outdoor café dining areas. These sidewalk extensions are parklets because of their roots. In 2005, the clever folks at ReBar had a plan to take back some … Continue reading
Oakland City Center Walk
The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is hosting a conference in Oakland this weekend and I’ll be there. Well, I’ll be here because I live and work in … Continue reading
Longfellow Neighborhood, Oakland
This week, my office is moving from the Longfellow neighborhood in Oakland. Each day I take a walk through the area and, in the three years I’ve been here, Longfellow has … Continue reading
How to Reform your Killer Cat
Our cat wears a harness and a leash when he’s outside. Why? He’s a killer. I love gardening and Jan loves birds. As soon as we had our own yard, … Continue reading
Uptown Oakland keeps getting better.
Named a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Association, Oakland’s Uptown continues to soar. Last Saturday, I took a walk with the California Planning Foundation to find out why. The conversation started with … Continue reading
Shipping Container Village at The Yard
The Giants are opening a new party pop-up today, across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park. It’s called The Yard. I asked my friend, the designer and manufacturer of the destination’s shipping container buildings, … Continue reading
I have a fascination with gates. They’re doors but when you pass through them, you’re not indoors. What could be better? This week, I give you Gates of the East … Continue reading