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, Transportation

Rainier Connector: What are the urbanist alternatives?

Stub at the east end of the Rainier Connector

My last two posts have been about the Rainier Connector, a long-planned but still controversial arterial in the northwest quadrant of Petaluma. Although the Connector is specific to Petaluma, it offers insights that have universal application.

I’d truly planned for today to be my last […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Rainier Connector: Why not now?

West end of Rainier Connector alignment

In my last post, I wrote about a topic that was to come before the Petaluma City Council on the evening of August 3. The Council will decide whether the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Rainier Connector, a proposed arterial that would augment the traffic grid […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Rainier Connector: When neither yes nor no meets the need

Alignment of proposed Rainier Connector

If memory serves, I was nine years old when my father introduced me to the possibility of questions having implicit but flawed propositions. The example he used was “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Because our brains perceive a simple yes/no answer as acceptance of the proposition, questions like […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Putting the automobile in its place

Petaluma Boulevard South at Center Park

Urbanists don’t dislike cars. Despite the accusations of those who fear challenges to the status quo, urbanists believe the automobile to be a remarkable innovation, essential for many human activities.

But urbanists also believe that our communities have been excessively shaped to accommodate cars. We’ve widened streets to […]