James is a writer and editor with 14 years of experience producing content for web and print, especially in the arenas of urbanism, architecture, and planning. After a first career as a class five white water river guide in one of the most remote regions 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 The Architect’s Newspaper, FORM, KCET, and the California Planning and Development Report. James also completed over two years as a full time employee of the state of California, managing all aspects of communications for the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona. Now he manages all editorial content and direction for Planetizen. James believes that clear communication of design and land use ideas is essential to creating and protecting healthy urban and rural environments.