Durable Growth, Government

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of August 7

I returned yesterday from two weeks of travel, filled with enthusiasm to repopulate the event calendar below and to resume my efforts to create an ever larger cadre of urbanist advocates.

And then I checked the civic calendars for the North Bay cities near my town. I found exactly zero meetings of urbanist interest next […]

Durable Growth, Government, Transportation

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 10

We may not yet be in the doldrums of summer, but they seem to be getting closer. There is only a handful of interesting meetings next week and those are more about information than urbanist advocacy. But information remains power, so I hope to see familiar faces as I gather information.

Meetings this Week

Sonoma-Marin […]

Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 3

Pedestrian bridge toward downtown Petaluma

Next week will be a short week, but concludes on a high note with another opportunity to hear Chuck Marohn in the Bay Area. A pedestrian/bicycle meeting in Petaluma also offers chances for meaningful discussion, with many urbanist-related topics on its agenda. As always, it’s a great time to […]

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 […]

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Taking the next step – Opportunities for public education and participation, week of May 29

Urban setting in London

I write about urbanism and enjoy doing so. I hope I’ve opened some eyes to different ways to configure our North Bay communities, alternatives that will make us more resilient, sustainable, and financially solvent.

However, growing a cadre of enthusiastic, but closeted, urbanists doesn’t change the world. Instead, those converts […]

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Coming together to learn and to explore

Downtown Petaluma on American Graffiti weekend

For my few last posts, I’ve been obsessive. I’ll acknowledge it. Besides, obsession is sometimes the correct reaction. But it’s now time to close the door and to move on, although not until after today’s post.

For readers entering the conversation here, I’ll give a quick recap. About […]

Durable Growth, Government

Making a difference – Parklet version

Parklet in Newark, New Jersey

Parklets are small, sometimes temporary, uses of a parking space or two near an existing business, often akin to a sidewalk café but with a greater range of design possibilities. The photo is a good example of a parklet. It’s from the Better Block Newark website, which offers good […]

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Think globally, act locally . . . Petaluma style

Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds entrance

Once again, I apologize for sometimes being Petaluma-centric. I truly try to maintain a North Bay focus, but there is so much stuff going on under my nose here in Petaluma that I can’t ignore it. Today will be a blow-out of Petaluma updates.

Fairgrounds Re-Use: Here is my long-promised […]

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CNU 23: First impressions

Public art in Dallas

I’ve recently returned from the 23rd annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism. As always, I return wearied by the long days crammed with information and insights, but full of enthusiasm and new ideas that I’m eager to bring to bear on North Bay land-use issues.

My plan […]

Durable Growth, Site News

Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds: Looking forward through the fog

Building at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds

With my last couple of posts, I’ve been sucked back into the subject of possible reuse of the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds. First, I recounted my inadvertent quashing of youthful creativity. And then I explained why, as worthwhile and insightful as the Petaluma Urban Chat conceptual design effort has […]