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  • A skyward vision Published on: November 10, 2010, 01:36 AM By Bill Silverfarb, Daily Journal Staff A local architect has crafted a bold new vision for 45 acres of prime San Mateo ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2016, 9:54 AM by Admin Diap
  • The identity of a city About half of the world’s population currently lives in cities or towns. Why? And why are so many more eager to join them? Can economic opportunities alone account for ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2016, 4:26 PM by Admin Diap
  • An Alternative Underground Track for High Speed Rail? Imagine a park over 40 miles long, stretching from San Francisco to San Jose filled with restaurants, cafes, and eco-friendly housing and businesses. Families could rent bikes and make ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2016, 3:50 PM by Admin Diap
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A skyward vision

posted Aug 17, 2016, 4:21 PM by Admin Diap   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 9:54 AM ]

Published on: November 10, 2010, 01:36 AM By Bill Silverfarb, Daily Journal Staff

A local architect has crafted a bold new vision for 45 acres of prime San Mateo real estate that will challenge the city’s 55-feet building height limit by a wide stretch.

Dan Ionescu, who lives and works in San Mateo, proposes to one day replace the Hillsdale Shopping Center with 1,000 housing units, a 900-room hotel, 500,000 square feet of office space, 2 million square feet of retail and commercial space with parking for 10,000 cars and 12 acres of park space.

He proposes four towers for the property, one that reaches 40 stories tall. He calls his plan "San Mateo Center.” Although he has yet to formally unveil his plan, he realizes he faces some early obstacles, notably Measure P, a voter-approved initiative passed in 2004 that limits new building heights in San Mateo to 55 feet. The shopping center’s owner, Bohannon Development Company, also has given Ionescu’s plan an early chilly reception.

"The San Mateo Center is my subjective vision for the future,” said Ionescu, an international architect and town planner who has worked in the area for 30 years.

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The identity of a city

posted Aug 17, 2016, 3:59 PM by Admin Diap   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 4:26 PM ]

About half of the world’s population currently lives in cities or towns. Why? And why are so many more eager to join them? Can economic opportunities alone account for this migration? Or are there other motivations at play?

A few preliminary considerations are in good order before attempting to answer these questions:

1. The fulfillment of any human being’s potential is limited, in principle, only by (life)time and (ever more scarcely) material resources.

2. Most human beings are instinctively driven to maximize their potential, either as a requirement for survival (freedom from) or out of ambition (freedom to), and the concentration of functions in and around cities or towns still provides a substantial advantage for individual fulfillment over rural settlements.

3. Different urban environments offer varying degrees of opportunity for individual fulfillment, but most surpass rural environments in opportunities on offer, because the quantitative advantage (density) provides substantial support for the qualitative advantage (choice). 

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An Alternative Underground Track for High Speed Rail?

posted Aug 17, 2016, 3:50 PM by Admin Diap   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 3:50 PM ]

http://patch.com/california/belmont-ca/an-alternative-underground-track-for-high-speed-rail

Imagine a park over 40 miles long, stretching from San Francisco to San Jose filled with restaurants, cafes, and eco-friendly housing and businesses. Families could rent bikes and make a day excursion, returning on the train.

This is not a fantasy, rather, a plan proposed by Ben Toy, President of the San Mateo United Homeowners Association, and Dan Ionescu, a Peninsula-based architect, whose work focuses on sustainable urban development...

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