San Francisco Bay Area
Across the country, amidst cries of protest, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is studying the idea of selling 4,400 public post offices. 78 are actually for sale today, while a few have already been sold. Continue Reading POST OFFICE CLOSURES – A PUBLIC AFFAIR?
San Francisco – After all the projects proposed over the years for San Francisco’s waterfront, one would think city authorities would be asking more questions about the latest proposal for dilapidated Piers 30-32.
Located at the base of the Bay Bridge, with spectacular Bay views, the crumbling 13-acre piers owned by the Port of San Francisco are now used for parking. Continue Reading Waterfront Warriors? What?
The Occupy Movement is alive and well in the Bay Area. Since April 20 (Earth Day), Occupy Oakland, Occupy Cal, and Occupy SF have had a new neighbor – Occupy the Farm.
These students, professors, neighbors, and activists-turned farmers have set up a small and growing working farm. These 14 acres of University-owned agricultural land sit in the middle of the quiet suburban City of Albany. The UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources uses the land for research, but intends to redevelop the property in 2013. The current proposal includes a Whole Foods and market-rate senior housing.Continue Reading Taking Back the Right Tract
If the biggest threat to human survival is climate change, then American construction is probably the industry most responsible for causing it. Every new construction site represents the climate being changed, the environment being degraded, energy being consumed, and irreplaceable natural resources being used.Continue Reading The Greenest Building Is One That’s Already Built
The Old Way: Over dependency on private ownership of cars
We Americans are hopelessly dependent on our cars as our only reliable means of personal mobility. Our dependency on cars is killing us in the pocketbook, ruining our health and destroying our planet. Our love affair with the car long ago resulted in auto-centric urban planning which consequently led to the demolition of untold numbers of historic buildings to make room for parking garages. Continue Reading Enhanced Mobility Systems – Reliable personal mobility with greater access and choice at half the cost
In this beautifully designed addition to the Princeton Architectural Press’s Architecture Briefs series, San Francisco architect-engineer Charles Bloszies provides clear thinking and non-dogmatic analysis on the intersection of historic preservation and progressive architectural design. Continue Reading Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations
Few ideas turned ubiquitous and entrenched public policy have done more harm to our urban centers than municipal codes requiring minimum off-street parking spaces for all Continue Reading Solving the Parking Problem in our Cities: New remedies for our distressed urban centers
What do well run cities and successful startups have in common?Continue Reading Entrepreneurial Spirit of Startups Key to Success of Cities
A state lawmaker plans to try and halt the Bay Area transportation commission’s effort to move from Oakland to San Francisco, reported the San Jose Mercury News.Continue Reading State Lawmaker Seeks to Halt Transpo Commission Move