FROM THE FIELD, 11.20.18


Smoke might have lifted, but descending on my Malibu is a dark cloud of sorrow. Ferrying friends to their burnt ruins, giving and gettting hugs everywhere, talking and texting, is a mix of emotions: a resolve to return and rebuild, disgust with the city mismanagement (read David Saul) and many questions, and a clutter of answers, rumors and a silence which is deafening. More to come when the power comes on and im back at my computer. I miss her, my neighbors, the dog park denizens, the bark of sealions, screech of the wild parrots and the crash of calming waves.

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Parallel careers as an urban planner and a journalist, principally at present airing commentaries on pubic radio 99.1 KBU.FM The many arrows in my quiver have included Emmy award winning reporter/ producer for local Fox Television News, design critic for the Los Angeles Times, urban affairs reporter for The New York Times, an editor of The New York Post, contributor to various popular and professional publications, news services and broadcast outlets, including Reuters, NET, NBC, CBS, NPR and the BBC. Founding editor of the East Harlem (NY) Independent. A diversity of professional positions and consultancies in the private and public sectors, (Metro, Disney Imagineering, Howard Hughes, M. Milken, NYC Educational Construction Fund, US Comptroller of the Currency etc,) assorted academic appointments (UCLA, USC, CCNY, Art Center etc.), and always open to new challenge. And let us not forget fashioning sand castles and acting on 90210, crafting TV docs, design reviews, master plans. Books: "The Dream Deferred: People, Politics and Planning in Suburbia," "L.A. Lost and Found," an architectural history of Los Angeles, "L.A. Follies," a collection of essays, and co-author of "The New York City Handbook." Writings have appeared in academic texts, commentaries on the web, scripts for TV, and wherever, latest the Architects Newspaper, The Planning Report and Planetizen.

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