Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of August 28

Last week, I wrote that the number of public meetings with urbanist overtones seemed to be increasing as Labor Day approached. I may have reached that conclusion too soon, with next week coming up nearly dry. But perhaps fifth weeks of months are always deficient on meetings that are scheduled on a monthly basis. And […]

Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of August 21

The number of North Bay public meetings with urbanist overtones seems to be increasing as we approach Labor Day. Hopefully this will portend a winter of paradigm shifting. It’s time to get onboard and to begin making your voice heard. Also, with issues such as municipal elections and the road diet in Petaluma looming, there […]

Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of August 14

As we move into the heart of August, the near-term opportunities for urbanist involvement at public meetings remain scarce, but the September calendar remains promising. Also, with issues such as municipal elections and the road diet in Petaluma looming, there are chances for neighborhood outreach. If you want to make a difference in the world, […]

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

Two old subjects and one new

Petaluma Boulevard during Salute to American Graffiti

Even on a day when my only intention was to check back on past stories, a new story still popped into view. Such is what happens when one looks at the world through urbanist glasses. So I’ll touch upon the Popsicle Index, the Petaluma Boulevard road diet, […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Putting the automobile in its place

Petaluma Boulevard South at Center Park

Urbanists don’t dislike cars. Despite the accusations of those who fear challenges to the status quo, urbanists believe the automobile to be a remarkable innovation, essential for many human activities.

But urbanists also believe that our communities have been excessively shaped to accommodate cars. We’ve widened streets to […]