Focus is an online, open access journal published annually by the Department of City & Regional Planning at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 2004. The journal is dedicated to the professional practice of city planning and urban design, publishing peer-reviewed research, case studies, exceptional student projects and opinion and editorial pieces each year. Its key mission is to keep professionals, students, and alumni informed about recent and changing planning issues. Focus has won several awards of excellence since its inception, including recognition from the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute.
Current Issue: Volume 12, Issue 1 (2015)
The Practicing Planner: Can Digital Tools Foster Better Practice?
William W. Riggs and Chris Clark
Peer Reviewed Contributions
Identity and Urban Design: the path to meaningfulness in the city of Concepción.
Laura Yazmin Rodriguez
Evolution of Park Planning in the City of Vancouver
Stephen Appiah Takyi Mr
Ritual and the Public Realm in Japan: Jizo Temples in Neighborhoods
William J. Siembieda
Shifting the Tide: Transit-Oriented Development and Active Transportation Planning in Los Angeles
Forrest Chamberlain and William W. Riggs
Faculty and Student Work
Redesigning a Street Corridor in San Clemente, CA: South El Camino Real Urban Design Concept Plan
Vicente del Rio, Paul Donegan, Curran K. Lord-Farmer, Jana E. Schwartz, and Sara Steinberger
Learning from California: Highlights of CRP Studios 2014/2015 AY
Hemalata C. Dandekar