Tag Archives: urban

More Bay to Breakers

This is a continuation of a previous post. Toward the end of my shift, around 3pm, I picked up an elderly Chinese couple hailing on the street downtown. They were heading all the way out to the deep Richmond on … 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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Dear Chronicle: Exodus of low-income City residents caused by rent control, not SOMA development.

This Chronicle article misses the mark. It gives a strong impression that development South of Market represents the reason San Francisco has become unaffordable for low income City residents. I paraphrase the introduction of the article: “Our City is changing. … Continue reading

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Captain Obvious: Walking is nice and walkable urban spaces are in high demand.

Above: Pedestrians rock the crosswalk. Note the awesome vintage MUNI bus in the background. American Public Media’s Marketplace has a great segment about the rising popularity of walkable cities in the United States. Link (Here’s a direct link to the … Continue reading

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Post-Thanksgiving Cab Driving

Starting with Thanksgiving I drove 4 days in a row, a first for me. I wore out quickly. The driving doesn’t phase me nearly as much as waking up so early (5am). I didn’t get enough sleep any night. After … Continue reading

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