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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 […]

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Building islands of urbanism

While concluding my recent cogitations on the alternative SMART station site for Petaluma, I offered some thoughts about the future of urban growth.

I suggested that (1) if a city has grown outward to a firm urban growth boundary, (2) if the city has also grown upwards to conform to a reasonable development transect, and […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]