Durable Growth, Transportation

A towering surf of common sense crashes against an adamantine cliff of codes and regulations

Track crossing location

A few days ago, I wrote about an upcoming hearing on a proposed at-grade crossing in Santa Rosa.

The proposed crossing would confirm and reopen an existing pedestrian/bicycle connection between the two halves of Jennings Avenue, passing over railroad tracks that were recently returned to use. It was a crossing that, […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Making good urbanist decisions with less kerfuffle

Typical pedestrian rail crossing

Coming up in days is a public hearing in Santa Rosa on a proposed Jennings Avenue pedestrian crossing of the railroad tracks. The hearing is worth the attention of those who support walkable urbanism. But urbanists should also be concerned about the extended process that led to the hearing, a […]

Durable Growth

StrongTowns: The message is still what matters

Downtown Petaluma

A funny thing happened on the way to the publishing button. And an extensive rewrite was required.

A couple of weeks ago, I was advised that Chuck Marohn of StrongTowns and Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 were coming to the North Bay in mid-January to talk about the StrongTowns message and urbanism in […]

Durable Growth, Government

Block parties: Emptying the notebook

Illicit Petaluma block party

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been arguing for greater freedom to host block parties in Petaluma. Having learned that block parties are restricted to cul-de-sacs, I advocated for fewer restrictions, and then toured Petaluma block parties (h), both legal and illegal, on the Fourth of July.

To repeat myself, […]

Durable Growth

An urbanist Christmas list for the North Bay

Santa Claus is about 24 hours away from his pre-flight checklist. It’s time to finalize my list of urbanist Christmas wishes for the North Bay.

New Years and the annual obligation of resolutions is still a week away, but thinking about my wish list reminds me that my first resolution should be learning more about […]

Durable Growth

Balancing vision and expediency

Urban building in Petaluma

A pundit in a local newspaper recently penned an opinion piece about the pending Petaluma Station Area Plan. In it, he called for “flexibility” in the implementation of the plan, suggesting that earlier land-use plans had languished in the absence of flexibility.

I wrote a response that acknowledged common ground […]