Creating places where people want to linger is my passion. As an urban planner, and citizen, I am committed to creating environmentally responsible and economically viable places. The two are not mutually exclusive. Here you will find my thoughts - and a few photos - about cities, places, and people.

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Open Square Consulting, a planning and urban design firm founded by Sean Warner, focuses its energy on creating places that foster social engagement and activity. Check us out here.
Are Bicycle Proponents Spinning Their Wheels?

Are Bicycle Proponents Spinning Their Wheels?

Imagine this scenario. You are a member of the city council in a mid-size city. There is a proposal before the city council to install bike lanes along a two-mile stretch of a six-lane arterial street, whereby a vehicular lane would be replaced by a bike lane in each direction....
Armory Park: Another Victory for Downtown Long Beach

Armory Park: Another Victory for Downtown Long Beach

The recent announcement that Long Beach will get $2.8 million from the State of California to help create a new park, tentatively called Armory Park, in what is now a section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between 6th and 7th Streets came as welcome news – and prompted me...
5 Ideas to Revive Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach

5 Ideas to Revive Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach

Though situated near office buildings, new residential condominiums and apartments, and popular tourist destinations Lincoln Park in downtown Long Beach is justifiably a forgotten public space that sees little use as a gathering place by the community. Thanks in part to a series of walls, stairs, and barriers that limit...
A Public Market in Downtown Long Beach

A Public Market in Downtown Long Beach

You’ve seen them. You may have visited one. And if you did you most likely enjoyed the time you spent there. I’m talking about public markets. Think Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles, Pike Place Market in Seattle, or Ferry Plaza Market in San Francisco. They were...
Long Beach: Where Are We Going?

Long Beach: Where Are We Going?

Having lived in downtown Long Beach (near Broadway and The Promenade) for just over three years I have seen the City take great strides in creating a world class destination for visitors, as well as a more livable place for its residents.  It’s been exciting to see so much change...
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Are Bicycle Proponents Spinning Their Wheels?

Are Bicycle Proponents Spinning Their Wheels?

Imagine this scenario. You are a member of the city council in a mid-size city. There is a proposal before the city council to install bike lanes along a two-mile stretch of a six-lane arterial street, whereby a vehicular lane would be replaced by a bike lane in each direction. The proposal would complete a...
Armory Park: Another Victory for Downtown Long Beach

Armory Park: Another Victory for Downtown Long Beach

The recent announcement that Long Beach will get $2.8 million from the State of California to help create a new park, tentatively called Armory Park, in what is now a section of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between 6th and 7th Streets came as welcome news – and prompted me to reflect on my move...
5 Ideas to Revive Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach

5 Ideas to Revive Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach

Though situated near office buildings, new residential condominiums and apartments, and popular tourist destinations Lincoln Park in downtown Long Beach is justifiably a forgotten public space that sees little use as a gathering place by the community. Thanks in part to a series of walls, stairs, and barriers that limit pedestrian access and block visibility...
A Public Market in Downtown Long Beach

A Public Market in Downtown Long Beach

You’ve seen them. You may have visited one. And if you did you most likely enjoyed the time you spent there. I’m talking about public markets. Think Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles, Pike Place Market in Seattle, or Ferry Plaza Market in San Francisco. They were all founded in another era...