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 […]


Celebrating evening bus service in Petaluma

Today, I have good news about transit and bicycling in Petaluma.

Three months back, I wrote that Petaluma Transit was considering evening service. Much progress has been made since then. The proposal moved through the city approval processes expeditiously, the new schedule went to the printer this week, and evening service will begin on Saturday, […]

Durable Growth

Using transit for more than work and shopping

Petaluma Transit bus

Using transit for work and shopping is great. But the world really opens up when transit can be used for the full range of life.

For my first post-college job, I lived in the East Bay and commuted by BART into San Francisco, walking a few blocks from the Montgomery Street […]


Transit widens youthful horizons

Petaluma Transit bus

In my last post, I wrote about the role of pedestrian outings, especially those that include slightly daring retail purchases, in widening the experiences of youths, helping them become familiar with their environment and putting them on paths to more productive and contented lives.

But on foot, or even on bicycle, […]

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, Transportation

The need to site bus stops well – an anecdote

New bus stop at East Washington Place

In the 19th century, most shoppers arrived in downtowns by common conveyance. Some arrived by streetcar, others by farm wagon, and a fortunate few by river steamer. But once in town, shopping usually involved moving about on foot. Proximity of stores to the common conveyance was a […]