Site News, Transportation

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Alignment of the proposed Rainier Connector

Consistent with their goal of promoting stronger, more financially resilient communities, StrongTowns has launched an initiative targeted toward transportation planning. It’s a topic with which I have long familiarity.

A decade or more ago, my since-departed father noted to me that, for the first time in the better […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Rainier Connector: What can urbanism offer in the short-term?

Alignment of Rainier Connector

Like a persistent dog, today I’ll give one more good chew to the bone that is Petaluma’s Rainier Connector and then bury it for awhile. I’ll surely return to the bone again in the future. After all, the public notices on the Rainier Connector, a proposed arterial in the northwest […]

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 […]

Transportation

The futile search for “achievable alternatives”: What urbanism offers instead

E. Washington Street in Petaluma

In my last two posts, I’ve tried to respond to a question from a correspondent. His query was about a vexing traffic problem in Petaluma, the town we both call home, but the response applies to traffic issues in many towns across the U.S.

His question pertained to congestion […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

The futile search for “achievable alternatives”: Why the apparent solution fails

E. Washington Street in Petaluma

In my last post, I introduced a question from a correspondent about “achievable alternatives” for traffic congestion relief. The particular question pertained to the congested E. Washington Street in Petaluma and the proposed Rainier Connector that many believe would provide relief, but the question could apply to overloaded arterials […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

The futile search for “achievable alternatives”: Defining the problem

E. Washington Street

I recently attended a meeting of North Bay writers talking about the business of writing. Among folks with filmed screenplays and published novels, I felt presumptuous calling myself a writer based on this modest blog, but hoped that, if I can kept my ears open, I might learn something.

I was […]

Durable Growth, Environment

Petaluma’s Measure Q: The arguments roll in

Typical suburban arterial

In my last post, I wrote about my reasons for supporting Measure Q in Petaluma, a sales tax measure intended to replenish municipal coffers after the great recession. I suggested that my distant roots in Puritanism may induce me to insist on paying my own way, rather than transferring the costs […]