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Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 31

I’m traveling this week, so my research for the calendar below was close to non-existent. But both of the meetings in Petaluma could be interesting. And if readers know of any North Bay meetings that I’ve missed, please add them in the comments.

I’ll repopulate the calendar upon my return in a few days.

Meetings […]

Durable Growth, Government, Transportation

Perusing the Grand Jury report

County courthouse in Tennessee

The local newspaper recently included the final 2015-16 report from the Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury. I’m not an expert on grand jury reports, with my interest normally limited to a hope that my name isn’t somewhere in the report. However, this report seemed nicely structured and written. Concise, to […]

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CNU 24: Best moments, part 4

Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit on a quiet Saturday morning

I’ll return today to CNU 24, the annual gathering of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently conducted in Detroit. I’ve previously offered the highlights of the opening day talks by Andres Duany, in two parts, and Kaid Benfield.

Today I’ll move onto Jeff […]

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Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 24

Due to travel plans, the research for this post was done earlier in the week than I’d prefer. Perhaps, as a result, I couldn’t find a single good meeting next week to share. Perhaps readers can instead curl up with a tome from Jane Jacobs or Jeff Speck?

Meetings this Week

None that I know. […]

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Where’s the urgency?

Mixed-use building in downtown Tacoma

Over the years that I’ve advocated for urbanism, I’ve consistently written that I needn’t argue for the eventual return of walkable urbanism as the dominant paradigm because the forces of history will make urbanism inevitable. Instead, I advocated for a quicker return to urbanism to reduce the pain as […]

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Learning the right lessons from Nice

Public plaza in Paris

I was particularly distressed by last week’s attack on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais. The sorrow was sharp because the attack occurred in a walkable urban place, a place described by CityLab as “an elegant Belle Époque version of the Atlantic City Boardwalk”, a place filled with folks in a celebratory […]

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Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 17

Pedestrian bridge toward downtown Petaluma

Another week, another chance to be an advocate for urbanism. The big event of the week is the Sonoma County Supervisors vote on community separators, although the Rohnert Park Town Hall Meeting could also be interesting.

Besides, it’s always a good week to take public positions in favor of […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Revisiting transit integration

Petaluma Transit bus

The powers that control the ebb, flow, and cross-currents of urbanism have apparently decreed that this is my week to ponder the integration of transit systems.

Later today, I’ll participate in a subcommittee meeting of the Petaluma Transit Advisory Committee. It‘ll be our final work session before an August public vetting […]

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CNU 24: Best moments, Part 3

Downtown Detroit

Having given a pair of updates on efforts to change the political picture in my town and provided urbanist marching orders for the week, it’s time to return to the highlights of CNU 24, the annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, held a month ago in Detroit.

I previously […]

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An urbanist learns about electoral politics, Part 2

In the last post, I wrote about finding myself leading an effort to recruit an urbanist candidate for the city council in my town. It wasn’t a task I’d planned, but I noted a vacuum, suggested that someone should fill it, and suddenly found myself leading a growing parade.

It’s not a story that yet […]