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
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year because it gives me more time to both spend with my family and think about how blessed I have been. And I believe that it is important and good for my soul to reflect upon what I am particularly thankful for. Here are the things that quickly came to mind and perhaps you can relate to them as well. [Read more…] about What is this Planner Thankful For?
At one time, Los Angeles had the backbone of a great transit system. Today, it does not! Why not?
A regional plan designed to improve the Chicago area’s traffic congestion and air quality will receive a boost from federal transportation funds focused on improving transit, roads, as well as bicycle, and pedestrian facilities. [Read more…] about Transit, Road Projects to Get Boost from Federal Funds
Anyone who ever lived in Los Angeles, or who saw the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit knows about the program (or as some refer to it, conspiracy) from the 1930s to the 1950s by General Motors and other companies to purchase and dismantle street car systems across the nation. [Read more…] about Is High Speed Rail the Victim of Another Roger Rabbit Conspiracy?