Tag Archives: planning

Back in the Saddle: Driving Fleet Weekend

It’s been a long time since I’ve taxi blogged. I drove last Saturday for the first time in a few weeks. I’ve been working dispatch phones and doing VidSF work instead of driving over the past few weeks. Novel-length post … Continue reading

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“Sunday Streets” delights bikers, frustrates drivers along Embarcadero

When the Chronicle ran a story about Mayor Gavin Newsom’s idea for “Sunday Streets” I was a bit skeptical. I wasn’t so sure that we needed another street closure, especially on a Sunday when so many tourists rely on the … Continue reading

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When should public transportation systems be private?

A recent episode of Russ Roberts’ EconTalk podcast featured a wonderful intersection of interests: economics, public policy and public transit. One of Russ’ academia friends, economist Michael Munger, speaks at length on the program about the public transportation system quality … Continue reading

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I propose a new online ad metric: seconds per impression

Online ad sales reps enjoy using the term “engagement” in their sales pitches. “OurSite.com’s users are highly engaged with our content, and so shall they be with your ads!” What does “engagement” really mean? Some part is puffery — it’s … Continue reading

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Mayor Newsom’s crazy ‘take back the streets’ idea is well founded but slightly misguided.

The Chronicle reported on Mayor Newsom’s idea to turn a good portion of the Embarcadero into a pedestrian-only safe zone during certain times of the weekend. This is similar to the City’s current closing of JFK Drive in Golden Gate … Continue reading

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News flash: Livable cities are sustainable cities.

NPR’s Morning Edition recently featured an excellent two part series on the aggregate effects of our living decisions on the environment. The stories hit hard from the angle that suburbia increases per capita carbon footprint while denser, urban living offers … Continue reading

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How to fix Muni (for real)

On my ‘to write’ list is a manifesto of how to fix Muni. Lay out what’s wrong. Lay out what we need to do to fix it. Dave Snyder of SPUR beat me to the punch. I met Dave last … Continue reading

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Thanks for your 3 months of work on the competitive analysis, Suzy. Let’s meet at 3:30 tomorrow and figure out how to implement!

Here’s a great interview with Columbia University professor of management William Dugan about why brainstorming doesn’t always serve our needs as well as it could. I echo some of his thoughts from my personal experience below. Surely you’ve had these … Continue reading

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“I want everyone to feel that it is but the nucleus of a mighty system of streetcar lines which will one day encompass the entire city.”

I went to the library this evening to check out a great book about the history of Muni. Unfortunately, it is out of print and is now reference material. I couldn’t take it with me. I consumed the first 30 … Continue reading

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SF Central Subway is slowest slow motion train wreck in history.

Do you like watching bloody transit carnage unfold? You’re in luck, here’s a doozy. Check out these fantastic series of posts on the proposed Central Subway in San Francisco. (Primer for the uninitiated: a proposal is on deck to extend … Continue reading

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