One crucial aspect of contemporary debates on spatial politics, socioeconomic stratification, and immigration is the issue of public transit. Prior to the question of a person’s right to be in a city (or supposed lack thereof in the case of undocumented immigrants), there is the question of a city’s duty to provide feasible means for moving around in its space. Albeit mundane, it is a key factor determining a person’s economic and educational opportunities, to name only two. And it hardly bears mentioning, but moving around in San Diego all but requires a car. [Read more…] about Public Transit as a Social Justice Issue
The smallish gap (75′ wide) between the Andaz Hotel and the Jewelers’ Exchange Building, now being used as a parking lot, may be developed with a Fairfield Inn hotel tower. More precisely, the site is midblock on the east side of 6th Avenue between E & F Streets. The proposal is now in the early design phase. [Read more…] about Fairfield Inn to provide “real infill” in Downtown San Diego
At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has released its City/Park Streetcar Feasibility Study. The proposal seeks ultimately to form a loop connecting downtown, Balboa Park, Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Hillcrest, and Banker’s Hill. However, the initial stage would link downtown to Balboa Park and the Zoo, running along Park Blvd. [Read more…] about City – Park Streetcar Feasibility Study Completed.
Since the 1990s, Portland has not had parking minimums in much of the city, from the downtown core to more traditional neighborhoods with single family housing. Portland has been very proud of their no parking minimum. Portland has trumpeted this zoning policy as a shining example of why Portland is the City That Works!
Up until recently, it was very rare for a residential developer to build anything without off-street parking. Finally though, that is changing. [Read more…] about Portlandia: Milquetoast Bureau of Planning Edition
The meeting involved solidifying a commitment for federal funding, according to the mayor’s website. The Federal Transit Administration will fund 50 percent of the project, $745.2 million. [Read more…] about Portland Gets Committment for Light Rail Funding
Los Angeles – While getting Los Angeles residents out of their cars has proven a tough task, the expansion of the city’s rail transit service in the past two decades shows more Angelenos embracing public transportation. [Read more…] about Popularity of LA’s Light-Rail System Growing
Residents of a section of North Portland plagued by gang violence in recent years may soon see some uplift in the form of a bike hub. [Read more…] about Proposed Bike Hub Project Aims to Uplift North Portland Neighborhood