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Identifying and building urbanist visions

Public plaza in Vicenza, Italy

In a couple of recent posts (here and here), I wrote about the dichotomy between vision and incrementalism. The difference between focusing on the small steps toward a big goal and focusing on the goal itself. The difference between awaking in the morning thinking about winning the World Series […]

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River Front: Sorting through the arguments

Turf athletic field at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma

In a pair of recent posts, I introduced River Front, a proposed mixed-use project within the Central Petaluma Specific Plan, and wrote about the controversy that developed over whether the athletic field proposed by the applicant should be natural grass or artificial turf.

I closed the […]

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River Front: Neighborhood park or community sports field?

Turf athletic field at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma

In my last post, I introduced the proposed River Front mixed-use project in Petaluma. My initial intention was to describe the project, to introduce the element of the project that became controversial, and to provide my perspective on the controversy.

It was a subject that I […]

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River Front: Background to a logical dilemma

Historic downtown Petaluma

Within my lifetime, land-use planning processes have been defined and refined to the point that the results are expected to become nearly automatic. Insert the proposed project, turn the crank through the various steps of expert studies, environmental analysis, neighborhood meetings, and public hearings, and expect a result to pop out […]

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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. […]