Durable Growth

North Bay non sequiturs

Perhaps it was having been away from the North Bay for nearly two weeks following minor league baseball in the South, but when I returned home, I seemed to look at North Bay land-use issues with fresh eyes, eyes that were more open to situations that felt off-kilter. I’m not saying land-use gaffes, but land-use […]

Durable Growth, Government

Bucking the rules on the Fourth of July

Petaluma block party

Long-time readers may recall my crusade over Petaluma’s block party rules, but I’ll recap the background for new readers. Deep in the Petaluma Municipal Code is a provision that disallows block party permits anywhere except on cul-de-sacs, a prohibition that effectively eliminates many streets and even entire neighborhoods from engaging in […]

Durable Growth

In springtime, a middle-aged man’s fancies turn to sidewalk cafes, brew pubs, and block parties

Ray’s Deli and Tavern

With spring having sprung (not that we had a real winter in the North Bay), it’s time to check in on a few old favorites, both places and subjects.

Ray’s Deli: I’ve previously written about the role that Ray’s Deli and Tavern plays in the life of my Petaluma neighborhood. […]

Durable Growth, Site News

Fairgrounds and block parties (It must be the summer-like weather)

Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds: Regular readers don’t need to be reminded about the on-going Petaluma Urban Chat study on possible re-use of the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. (Occasional readers can catch up here.)

The conceptual design efforts are nearing conclusion. The three teams are putting finishing touches on their designs and will present the plans […]

Durable Growth, Government

Highlighting the guideposts on the path toward a better future

Petaluma River in downtown Petaluma

The Petaluma City Council holds an annual goal-setting session, a seven-hour Saturday marathon that was conducted a few days ago.

Several Councilmembers occasionally follow this blog, but I still thought it appropriate to remind the Council about some of the goals I’ve suggested for Petaluma over past few years, […]

Durable Growth

Looking around town: Checking on continuing stories

Petaluma block party

I describe this blog as a perspective, with an urbanist eye, on land use in the entire North Bay. However, I live, work, and participate in the Petaluma community. Unless I watch myself carefully, I can easily find myself writing only about Petaluma. Lately, I haven’t been watching myself carefully.

That […]

Durable Growth, Government

Block parties: One more time around the block

When I last wrote about block parties and the unwillingness of the City of Petaluma to permit them in locations where other cities have few concerns, I promised that I was finished with the subject for awhile. I was wrong. Righteous indignation led me back for one more post.

For those who are new to […]

Durable Growth, Government

Block parties: Emptying the notebook

Illicit Petaluma block party

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been arguing for greater freedom to host block parties in Petaluma. Having learned that block parties are restricted to cul-de-sacs, I advocated for fewer restrictions, and then toured Petaluma block parties (h), both legal and illegal, on the Fourth of July.

To repeat myself, […]


Block parties: A busy Fourth of July

Petaluma block party

In recent weeks, I’ve been agitating for reduced restrictions by the City of Petaluma on block parties. As I’ve written before, I’ll admit that block parties aren’t truly urbanism. But block parties are a one-day sampling of urbanism, which can be a fine thing. A neighborhood enjoying a block party is […]


Advocating for block parties in Petaluma

Technically illegal Petaluma block party

A couple of months back, while fulminating about how cars have pushed other users of public rights-of-way to the periphery, I reported a disappointing fact of which I’d recently learned: Petaluma puts a surprising restriction on block parties.

Quoting from Section 13.32.090(K) of the Petaluma Municipal Code, “Block parties […]