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

Taking the next step – Opportunities to get involved during the week of July 3

Pedestrian bridge toward downtown Petaluma

Next week will be a short week, but concludes on a high note with another opportunity to hear Chuck Marohn in the Bay Area. A pedestrian/bicycle meeting in Petaluma also offers chances for meaningful discussion, with many urbanist-related topics on its agenda. As always, it’s a great time to […]

Durable Growth, Government

Taking the next step – Opportunities to make a difference during the week of June 5

Residential density near Kew Gardens in London

This is my third week of providing a calendar of opportunities to become more involved in urbanist advocacy. I’m still fiddling with the content and format, but have received supportive feedback, so will be continuing with the concept.

This is also an interesting week to write about […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Link-Fest: Rail transit

A SMART train nearly ready to roll

Rail transit is coming to the North Bay! I know that’s old news, but I still like saying it. Rail transit is coming to the North Bay!

I’ve long been in a love affair with rail transit. Perhaps it was the early years of my career, riding […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

It’s time to be mature, deliberate civic mentors

Historic train station in Petaluma

Sometime in the next few weeks, SMART will begin running their full schedule of trains. All thirty daily runs, fifteen southbound and fifteen northbound. No passengers will be aboard, but otherwise the operation will be identical to the future passenger service. Proving up the system with this full-scale multi-week […]

Durable Growth

Taking the next step – Opportunities for public education and participation, week of May 29

Urban setting in London

I write about urbanism and enjoy doing so. I hope I’ve opened some eyes to different ways to configure our North Bay communities, alternatives that will make us more resilient, sustainable, and financially solvent.

However, growing a cadre of enthusiastic, but closeted, urbanists doesn’t change the world. Instead, those converts […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

The train is coming, are we ready?

SMART train in shop

I’ve written before about Friends of SMART. The citizen advocacy group was active in the initial formulation and voter approval of SMART, the coming commuter rail system for the North Bay. They’ve continued to provide encouragement and occasional constructive criticism as the SMART moved into construction and now nears operation.

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Durable Growth

After a few community announcements, April Fools’ Day – Part 1

Current Community Separator

Before getting onto today’s “business”, I have reminders of three upcoming meetings of potential interest to North Bay urbanists, particularly those in Petaluma.

Connecting with SMART – On Thursday, April 7 at 4:00pm in the Petaluma City Hall, 11 English Street, the Petaluma Transit Advisory Committee will take up the draft […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Circling back to buses and books

Petaluma Transit bus

I have several North Bay updates to share today, from new and improved bus routes in Petaluma to a revisited book club to a request for reading list suggestions.

A couple of months back, I wrote about how the staff at Petaluma Transit was working hard to build connections with SMART, […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Supporting SMART by attacking the last mile with buses

Petaluma Transit bus in downtown Petaluma

In a few days, I’ll help introduce some clever and insightful ideas of others, proving one more time that it’s better to be associated with clever people than to be clever oneself.

My opportunity to bask in the reflected glow of others will come when I chair a […]