Durable Growth

StrongTowns: Quibbling on the details

Downtown Petaluma

To recapitulate recent posts, I continue to encourage North Bay readers to attend one or more of upcoming public meetings with StrongTowns and Urban3. The meetings, which will be hosted by the Urban Community Partnership, will be the evenings of January 19, 20, and 21 in Santa Rosa. Signups seem to be […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Canadian television looks at urbanism, public health, and mobility

With the “Intro to Urbanism” in the rear view mirror, I’ll let Canadian television carry the ball today with a 19-minute program that touches upon two different aspects of urbanism, both introduced by folks I’ve often mentioned in this blog.

First, Charles Montgomery, author of “Happy City”, talks about the public health implications of living […]

Durable Growth

Northern California tour: Checking on Suisun City

Older retail in Suisun City

For those readers who don’t live in Northern California and don’t follow the news from my part of the world, it has been a historically dry year for the northern half of the Golden State. Depending on the metric used, it may be drier than any previous year in […]


Bike share for the ferry terminals

Bike racks on the Larkspur ferry.

Last week, Bay area Bike Share (BABS) launched to some fanfare. Caltrain commuters and residents in a few neighborhoods along the Peninsula and in San Francisco can now bike to or from transit, making the first and last mile a bit easier.

Calls for a broader bike share […]

Safety, Transportation

Paint a crosswalk, go to prison

The offending crosswalk. Image from VPD.

Last Thursday, Anthony Cardenas was arrested by Vallejo police for felony vandalism. For a city known to have some crime problems, this wouldn’t be much of a story had it not been how Cardenas had vandalized state property. Cardenas is in prison for painting one crosswalk and adding […]