Architect, Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Land Use Planner, Environmental Observer

Thursday, July 23, 2009

If You're Going to San Francisco.... sure to visit
Pier 7

and give some thought to the planner who championed having a purely public pier -


Randy was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and recieved a B. A. and M. A. in Regional and City Planning, and subsequently attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his Ph. D. in Geography.

After graduation from Berkeley, Randy worked for a private planning firm preparing environmental impact reports and ended up essentially spending all his time working with the Port of San Francisco. He made the Port Director an offer he couldn't refuse. He became the Planning, Environmental and Regulatory consultant to the Port with a reserved parking space directly in front of the Ferry Building. Every week he and the Director had a meeting with Mayor Diane Feinstein (the Port - although not very active as a port - is the biggest money maker for the City of San Francisco).

Randy contracted AIDS and became very ill. He passed away in November, 1992 at the age of 43.

As part of his work for the Port, he fought for the exclusive right of the public to use one of the piers for strolling, fishing, etc. He never saw his dream realized, but the Port of San Francisco completed the project. There on the pier is a plaque describing the effort made by Randall Rossi.

The Rossi family in front of the plaque

Ever see a plaque dedicated to a Planner?

(Randy was a close friend and
my older daughter's godfather)
. . .

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