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, Transportation

We’ll talk about murals, but only after transit

I promised that today’s post would be about the murals newly adorning American Alley in Petaluma. And it will be, but only after I chat about a transit issue that is even more essential to the future of Petaluma. It’s a challenge that will be faced by many North Bay communities in the coming year.

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Transportation

Delivering folks at an awkward distance from an incipient wasteland

I’d like to write that it was the result of putting a high weight on geography when making employment decisions, but the reality is that I was lucky with office locations for much of my career.

For my first five years out of school, I worked near BART in downtown San Francisco. My office was […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Too few good fellows to muster a charge

Future brewpub parking lot site

I recently put forth an idea (in two parts, here and here) about where the second SMART station in Petaluma could be located.

For new readers, it was long expected that the second station, which is to be the station serving the drivable suburban neighborhoods of town, would be […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Checking for support on the flanks – Part two

Streetview of Lagunitas parcel

In my last post, I reviewed six possible sites for the second SMART station in Petaluma, four on the north side of N. McDowell Boulevard near Corona Road, a fifth on Old Redwood Highway, and a sixth that is between those two locations, on a parcel where a parking lot […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Checking for support on the flanks – Part one

Vacant parcel along N. McDowell Boulevard

Writing about urbanism, and presumably about most subjects with practical community application, can require a careful husbanding of time and resources. There are so many worthy ideas to be pursued that a writer can spread himself too thin trying to champion all of them. It’s a battle I […]

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On the coherency of transects and urban growth boundaries – Part four

San Francisco

With this post, I’ll close my far-flung cogitations on the alternative location for the second SMART station in Petaluma and the conclusions to which my thinking led me.

I fear I may have confused a few readers by the way I connected the dots in my head. It seemed logical to me, […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

On the coherency of transects and urban growth boundaries – Part three

Community Separator near possible train station

In my last two posts, I’ve written about a property swap being considered by SMART, the regional rail authority for the North Bay. Initial planning for the coming SMART train had assumed a second Petaluma train station at corner of McDowell Boulevard and Corona Road. But SMART didn’t […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

On the coherency of transects and urban growth boundaries – Part two

Community Separator

In my last post, I gave the background for a land-use conundrum that has arisen in Petaluma. The regional rail authority, SMART, is reportedly pursuing a land swap that would accelerate development of a second train station in Petaluma and of transit oriented development adjoining the first Petaluma train station. Both are […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

On the coherency of transects and urban growth boundaries – Part one

Open space outside of Petaluma

Something I find irresistible about urbanism is how well the pieces fit together. It’s a logical, coherent theory of how the world of land use that works, or at least should work.

This isn’t to imply that the laws of urbanism are as immutable as the laws of physics […]