Durable Growth

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. […]

Durable Growth

Urbanism and gambling

The recently opened Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park set me to musing about urbanism and gambling.

I’m not a prude about gambling. I have fond memories of a standing poker game during the years before I moved to the North Bay. (It was small stakes. Win $50 one month, lose it the next, […]

Durable Growth, Government

Gambling with the future of a city

by ragingwire, on Flickr

The Rohnert Park City Council recently made an interesting and gutsy decision. They drained their public improvement reserve account to build a new sewer main. They didn’t just draw down the reserve fund, they drained it.

Like most cities, Rohnert Park requires developers to pay for the infrastructure needed to […]