Durable Growth

StrongTowns: Quibbling on the details

Downtown Petaluma

To recapitulate recent posts, I continue to encourage North Bay readers to attend one or more of upcoming public meetings with StrongTowns and Urban3. The meetings, which will be hosted by the Urban Community Partnership, will be the evenings of January 19, 20, and 21 in Santa Rosa. Signups seem to be […]

Durable Growth, Site News

Another hopeful sign in Napa

Copia grounds in 2012

Early in the history of this blog, I bemoaned the closure of Copia in Napa, not so much for the loss of what Copia could have met to the Napa Valley, although that was also a loss, but for how the idle parcel undermined the fledgling walkability of Napa. I […]

Durable Growth

North Bay great streets: Yountville and Napa

Vintage building on Main Street in Napa

Early in the holiday season, I made a plan to visit much of the North Bay seeking out great streets. My criteria were to be the great street standards as set forth by the Project for Public Spaces.

Within the constraints of short visits, not all of […]

Durable Growth

Urbanism stirs in the North Bay

Unused Copia building and grounds

Although drivable suburban remains the default land-use choice in much of the North Bay, there bits of good news as 2014 gets underway.

State Farm site in Rohnert Park: Like many, I was concerned about the loss of jobs when State Farm closed their regional office in Rohnert Park. […]

Durable Growth, Environment

How much parkland is enough?

When the subject turns to public parks, there is a truism in land-use entitlement. If a proposed development site has been used by the public for casual recreation, someone will argue that the property should instead become a park.

It doesn’t matter if the property has been owned by a family for years and they […]