Durable Growth, Government

Taking the next step – Opportunities to make a difference during the week of June 5

Residential density near Kew Gardens in London

This is my third week of providing a calendar of opportunities to become more involved in urbanist advocacy. I’m still fiddling with the content and format, but have received supportive feedback, so will be continuing with the concept.

This is also an interesting week to write about […]

Durable Growth, Government

Is it time for regional government?

Housing in Goose Hollow District of Portland

Events might be leading the Bay Area to a fundamental change in our pattern of governance. I think it’d be a good change although, as on most topics, I remain willing to consider counter-arguments.

Let me begin the discussion with a hypothetical question. Imagine a large business […]

Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities for public education and participation, week of May 29

Urban setting in London

I write about urbanism and enjoy doing so. I hope I’ve opened some eyes to different ways to configure our North Bay communities, alternatives that will make us more resilient, sustainable, and financially solvent.

However, growing a cadre of enthusiastic, but closeted, urbanists doesn’t change the world. Instead, those converts […]

Government

Regional democracy wouldn’t pan out for slow-growth

by stephen schiller, on Flickr

Unelected bureaucrats want to impose their will upon us, cry critics of Plan Bay Area. Nobody chose their town’s representative to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), after all. We elected them to city councils, not the ABAG General Assembly or Executive Committee. Plan Bay Area, […]