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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]