As a result of a safety campaign led by the Mesa Architects, a volunteer group I belong to, the resurfacing and re-striping of Cliff Drive, including the approved four-lane to three-lane conversion between Lighthouse Road and the west entrance to SBCC, was completed last year. The community is very pleased that this important opportunity to improve safety was realized. For more than 25 years conversions like this have consistently resulted in increased safety with no increased congestion. Adding a center turning lane and bike lanes is a great first step toward transforming Cliff Drive from a high-speed highway to a complete neighborhood street.
Visionary architect William McDonough's book Cradle to Cradle has been a huge inspiration for JDK. Here's a great quote that sums up the concept.
A building should be like a tree, it should thrive on the Sun's energy while enhancing its surroundings.
Amory Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, has always been a big inspiration for how John approaches his work. This quote is short and sweet – it illustrates what inspires JDK in a nutshell:
If a house isn't resource efficient, it isn't beautiful.