Durable Growth, Transportation

Affording a $400 sidewalk repair

(Note: If the message below seems familiar, it may be because I wrote on the same subject a couple of months back. But new and better targeted quotes have come across my desk that allow me to make the point more effectively. Perhaps it’s intellectually lazy, but some days are like that.)

Today begins with […]


VTA’s Incredible Shrinking Bus Ridership

A bus ridership crisis at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has publicly reared its head. Gary Richards of the San Jose Mercury News reports on how VTA bus ridership has dropped 23% since 2001. Richards’ report details highlights of a presentation from worldwide transit planner Jarrett Walker detailing solutions to the bus ridership […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Circling back to buses and books

Petaluma Transit bus

I have several North Bay updates to share today, from new and improved bus routes in Petaluma to a revisited book club to a request for reading list suggestions.

A couple of months back, I wrote about how the staff at Petaluma Transit was working hard to build connections with SMART, […]


Pedestrian safety: Putting the blame where it belongs and assessing strategies for slowing cars

Brick street in Harmar, Ohio

In a pair of recent posts, I offered perspectives on pedestrian safety. I wrote first about how the education of drivers isn’t an adequate strategy relative to the high compliance needed for pedestrian safety. Later, I suggested that the best strategies for pedestrian safety may fall outside the Overton […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Prying the Overton Window further open

A Calistoga intersection that lacks pedestrian accommodation

A few weeks back, I noted a Petaluma post on Nextdoor, a neighborhood-based social media site, arguing for increased pedestrian awareness by drivers. It was cleverly written and I agreed with the thrust. However, I disagreed with the implicit suggestion that awareness/education was the right approach for […]

Site News, Transportation

Feeling a breeze on one’s face at any age

The January StrongTowns/Urban3 visit to the North Bay, along with a concurrent webinar on blogging hosted by the StrongTowns folks holding down the Minnesota office, helped introduce me to other urbanist bloggers in Northern California. Using the momentum from the events, I’ve exchanged business cards, emails, and lunch invitations with bloggers tackling the same subjects […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

The water was deeper than I expected

Fences blocking the former Jennings Avenue crossing

In recent posts, I mentioned being more fully occupied in the last few weeks than I’d planned. Today, I’ll color in the picture. It’s a story of urbanist advocacy.

Sometime in the past year, I became a member of Friends of SMART, a citizens group founded to […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Pedestrian safety: Education isn’t enough

B Street in Petaluma

For those who may have been eagerly awaiting my promised thoughts on affordable housing, I must again disappoint. (I also fear that I may disappoint even when I finally get around to the topic, but that’s another story.) The topic of affordable housing remains high on my list, but this […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Traveling from door to destination without a car

Transit-accessible theatre in London

When the day comes that costs of living are more accurately assigned, with some of the external costs of sprawling subdivisions and internal combustion engines instead internalized, many people will choose to conduct a portion of their lives without cars.

And some of those of people will go even further, […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

A vehicle mileage tax creeps closer to California

I’ve often written favorably about vehicle mileage taxes (VMTs), which are taxes assessed per mile of travel on public streets, sometimes also incorporating factors such as vehicle weight and time of day. VMTs are usually put forth as a possible replacement or complement to current gasoline taxes, a suggestion with which I largely concur.

In […]