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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 […]

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An urbanist learns about electoral politics, Part 1

Like many California cities, at least those near the coast, there isn’t much of a political right-wing in the town where I live. I see few bumper stickers for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Instead, we mostly fall into various shades of Democrats and Independents. But the clustering doesn’t mean that we all agree. In particular, […]


Citizen Marin slate loses big – what does it mean for their coalition?

In the aftermath of elections in three Marin County supervisorial races where incumbents prevailed handsomely and West Marin’s Al Dugan notched a dismal fourth place, behind progressive third-place finisher Wendi Kallins, it is worth asking whether the coalition that birthed them still has steam.

Citizen Marin and its coalition – Community Venture Partners, MAD, Larkspur […]

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Urbanism doesn’t need fewer enemies, it needs better friends

Urban setting in downtown Pleasanton

The next municipal elections in my town are still thirteen months away. But I have a thought to offer to those of you who will soon vote on mayoral and council positions in your own communities. It may affect how you select between the candidates.

An urbanist developer recently […]