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Trying too hard and trying too little are both flawed approaches

Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill

I recently made a day trip to the East Bay. My business required only a couple of hours, so I stretched my outing to look at the downtowns of Pleasant Hill and Pleasanton. The choice of destinations, which was based a bit on logistical convenience and a bit on […]

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Pleasant Hill BART TOD a mixed bag

Pleasant Hill BART Today. Image from Google Maps.

Contra Costa Centre, which is the name used in marketing the transit oriented development near the Pleasant Hill BART station describes itself as an “exemplary model of Transit-Oriented Development” which “invite[s] residents, workers, and shoppers to drive less and take transit more.” It seems like it […]

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BART TOD: Stoops

Stoop at Pleasant Hill TOD

In my last post, I wrote of touring transit-oriented developments (TODs) along the BART system. A friend joined me in the travel. Our goal was to gather insights that might be useful during the upcoming review of the proposed Petaluma Station Area plan by the Petaluma City Council. In […]

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BART TOD: The range of alternatives

View from Pleasant Hill BART Station

The Petaluma Station Area plan will be taken up by the Petaluma City Council on Monday, May 6. If you care about urbanism, it would be a good meeting to attend. And if you haven’t yet read the final draft plan or the concurrent changes to the Smart […]