https://www.wired.com/2016/11/sfs-transit-hack-couldve-way-worse-cities-must-prepare/ San Francisco Muni got hacked rendering it unable to collect fares. The hacker demanded a ransom of $73,000. The Agency refused to pay, let riders ride free, and lost fare revenue for two days. It could have been a lot worse. Hackers can damage property, risk safety, even kill.
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/seattle-builds-lots-of-new-apartments-but-not-so-many-parking-spots/ High density does not make a walkable transit oriented city. However, high density with low car ownership does. Getting rid of parking minimum requirements is an important step toward a more walkable and healthier city, plus makes market rate housing more affordable. $35,000 per downtown parking space is the average cost. It’s not a […]
Barrio Logan is little known to most San Diegans – beyond being a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood near downtown. Yet it is one of San Diego’s most historically significant and culturally important neighborhoods.
An important bit of misinformation has been circulating about Measure C – the Spanos ballot referendum to raise the hotel tax (transient occupancy tax – “TOT”) in the City of San Diego from 12.5% to 16.5% to build a $2 billion-plus downtown combined stadium and convention annex. Most news stories and conventional wisdom have it […]
It’s Parking Day 2016 San Diego! Parklets are all over downtown and elsewhere. It happens on the third Friday of September every year (note to calendar).
“Why does Chris Cate want the Chargers to leave San Diego? Please call and ask him.” That was the headline in an ad Dean Spanos, the Chargers owner, ran this past week targeting 2nd year City Council member Chris Cate, who is on the leadership committee of the No Downtown Stadium – Jobs and Streets […]
The following text and images comprise the East Village Draft Focus Plan released on July 30, 2016, including subsequent minor corrections and additions made by its authors. It has been reconstituted here from the PDF original version to enable web and mobile viewing (there are formatting variations from the original). To view a gallery of […]
Electric vehicle ownership now has practical and personal advantages over gas powered vehicle ownership that have nothing to do with the environment. These advantages portend an imminent and rapid shift towards electric vehicle ownership, delayed only by a soon to end public information lag.
Downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park expansion opened last week . . . more or less. Construction is not quite complete. San Diego’s downtown (at least post-WWII downtown) has thus far lacked a vibrant town square like San Francisco’s Union Square or similar successful plazas in other major cities. This major expansion of the small […]
On the subject of a potential downtown San Diego East Village NFL stadium, some proponents have asserted that Indianapolis’s downtown Lucas Oil Stadium was a catalyst for redevelopment and revitalization. I recalled that Walter Scott Chambers III, urban planning wonk and owner of the blog Great Streets San Diego, had moved to Indianapolis. Ironically, his last […]