Durable Growth, Government

Managing the clash of order and anarchy

Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee

The acknowledgement page of the Petaluma Station Area Master Plan lists my name near the top of the Citizens Advisory Committee, behind only the City Councilmember who chaired the committee. (The placement of names reflects the alphabet, not value of contributions.)

What the committee member list doesn’t show is that, […]

Durable Growth, Site News

Why Haystack Landing can’t be everything to everybody

Aerial view of Haystack Landing site

Last time, I wrote about the tentatively-named Haystack Landing, a proposed mixed-use project, with residential over retail, midway between downtown Petaluma and the coming SMART train station. Although I demurred slightly on the architecture, I was mostly thrilled with the project, with my principal wish being that ground-breaking […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Rainier Connector: What can urbanism offer in the short-term?

Alignment of Rainier Connector

Like a persistent dog, today I’ll give one more good chew to the bone that is Petaluma’s Rainier Connector and then bury it for awhile. I’ll surely return to the bone again in the future. After all, the public notices on the Rainier Connector, a proposed arterial in the northwest […]

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 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 […]

Durable Growth, Government

Bucking the rules on the Fourth of July

Petaluma block party

Long-time readers may recall my crusade over Petaluma’s block party rules, but I’ll recap the background for new readers. Deep in the Petaluma Municipal Code is a provision that disallows block party permits anywhere except on cul-de-sacs, a prohibition that effectively eliminates many streets and even entire neighborhoods from engaging in […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

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 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 […]

Durable Growth

Think globally, act locally . . . Petaluma style

Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds entrance

Once again, I apologize for sometimes being Petaluma-centric. I truly try to maintain a North Bay focus, but there is so much stuff going on under my nose here in Petaluma that I can’t ignore it. Today will be a blow-out of Petaluma updates.

Fairgrounds Re-Use: Here is my long-promised […]

Durable Growth

Tidying up the urbanist loose ends

Historic train depot in Petaluma

There always seems to something further that can be written on past topics. Today will be a day to add supplement details to past discussions on transit funding, Petaluma Urban Chat, City Repair, and curvy bike paths.

Petaluma Transit Advisory Committee: As previously described, the Petaluma Transit Advisory Committee, […]