(West Orange County, CA, 10/31/2013) Frankly, I think our “Highlands Guy” hit it out of the park this week. He presents a vision that could improve any of our West OC towns from Cypress to Seal Beach. And something very relevent to Los Alamitos’ soon to be adopted General Plan.
I’ve got more to say, but I’ll save it for a comment in a day or two. Read on, consider, and forward!
by Highlands’ Guy:
The real perspective: From ancient Rome, to Medieval or Renaissance painters, the City has been represented from the eye level perspective of those passing by.
This same walkers’ perspective is incorporated when a modern city is depicted or broken down into its major socioeconomic and political elements. Successful contemporary Cityscapes are those that lure the residents out of their private cubicles for commerce and social interaction.
The planners’ perspective: However, within the confines of city hall this same Cityscape is viewed and decisions are made at the 10,000 ft. level based on financial, political, and legal priorities.
I’ll bet you have memories of a childhood, or a long ago vacation where you experienced a city in terms of interaction not only with a restaurant or an art museum, or even a grocery store, but also the local populace. You saw the kids riding their bikes to the ice cream store. You saw folks gathered in the “downtown” to chat or just hang out.
I started thinking about this over the last few years, especially as the subject was taken up at the many General Plan meetings and then again recently with the Read the rest of this entry →