The large amount of precipitation California received this winter – enough to end the five year drought in many areas of the state – has been widely reported in the news media. Northern California even had its wettest year on record. Additionally, snow pack – tracked since 1941 at the 6,800 altitude Phillips Station near […]
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/04/03/brooklyn_s_l_train_transit_crisis_will_require_buses_bikes_and_a_new_williamsburg.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_em_top Slate’s Henry Grabar reports on how the 15 month planned closure of NYC’s much used L Train for repairs (starting in April 2019) is an opportunity to prioritize 14th St. for non-vehicular transportation (meaning buses, bikes, and pedestrians). This would open it up as an alternative for L Train riders and be a demonstration […]
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2017/03/31/relocation-oakland-raiders-san-diego-chargers-st-louis-rams/99848210/ Why spend the money on nutrition or educational programs for poor children, or to fix crumbling transportation infrastructure, or to ensure safe drinking water when you can subsidize an NFL billionaire? Not only to local programs and taxpayers get cheated, but federal tax free municipal bonds mean the entire country have their tax dollars […]
https://www.planetizen.com/node/91671/epa-administrator-transitions-climate-change-skeptic-denier Perhaps there never really was much difference between ‘skepticism’ and ‘denial’. Scott Pruitt certainly proved that on Thursday when he answered CNBC’s Joe Kernen’s question if carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-snowpack-survey-march-20170301-story.html California’s snowpack is far above average at high elevation, but snow line, i.e., elevation at which snowpack begins is also high, reducing the area of the snowpack compared to historical snow coverage. This circumstance is the result of relatively warm storms, which rain rather than snow except at higher elevations. Additionally, warmer temperatures overall […]
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).