James is a writer and editor with 16 years of experience producing content for web and print, especially in the arena of city and regional planning. James believes that clear, descriptive communication of design and land use ideas is essential to creating and protecting healthy urban and rural environments.
After a first career as a class five white water river guide in a remote corner of Northern California, James started his career in Los Angeles as a volunteer at a needle exchange in Skid Row, teaching injection drug users to treat overdoses. Eventually James became the editor of The Planning Report, editor at Curbed LA, and a freelance contributor at LA Weekly, The Architect’s Newspaper, KCET, the California Planning and Development Report, and FORM. James is also a former employee of the state of California, after managing communications for the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona. Now James directs all editorial and marketing content for Planetizen and Planetizen Courses.