Durable Growth

Not what the Rolling Stones meant by “Paint It Black”

Typical four-lane arterial

Until the final battle was lost in the last few months, the City of Petaluma had engaged in a long war against asphalt, or at least the production of asphalt.

At issue was a proposed asphalt plant near the south edge of town, along Petaluma Boulevard South near the first freeway […]

Durable Growth, Transportation

Intro to urbanism, part eight: Retasking streets

Roberto Clemente Bridge, with pedestrian walks, in PIttsburgh

Continuing with my New Year’s “Intro to Urbanism” (previous posts were one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven), today, I’ll offer a few words about how streets should function in urbanist places.

Roads were never fully egalitarian places. We’ve read too many accounts of peasants […]

Durable Growth

Can twenty be plenty?

Typical California arterial street

In my last post, I wrote about how our grandparents and great-grandparents yielded our streets to the automobile in the early 20th century, with the result that we’re no longer even allowed to hold block parties in the street.

Before the advent of the automobile, most street uses occurred at […]

Durable Growth

Who owns our streets?

Typical California arterial

While behind the wheel yesterday, I came across a group of dozen teenagers trying to cross a street between intersections, an action that is generally called jaywalking. I was driving on an arterial in a Central Valley city, a street with five lanes and a 40 mph speed limit. It wasn’t […]