February 04 2013
Michael Lytton is a peripatetic planner and writer. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., he has lived in Victoria, Toronto, New York, Charlottesville, Tirana, Albania, Los Angeles, and now San Diego. He is a city planner with LEED Sustainable Design certification. He is also an educational-facilities capital planning expert with experience at national, state/provincial, and local school district levels. A life-long urban walker, he is concerned about the social, economic, environmental, and personal health costs of car-dominated cities. He is encouraged by visionaries such as Jan Gehl, Enrique Peñalosa, and Richard Sennett, who are exploring solutions to mega-cities, slums, inequality, urban obstacles to cooperation, and private interests that prevail over the public good. These and other critical thinkers are independently working on a shared goal of improving the quality of life in cities and understanding how the built environment can help people flourish.