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. [Read more…] about POST OFFICE CLOSURES – A PUBLIC AFFAIR?
San Francisco Bay Area
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. [Read more…] about 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. [Read more…] about 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. [Read more…] about 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. [Read more…] about Enhanced Mobility Systems – Reliable personal mobility with greater access and choice at half the cost