The photo above shows how the historic Cabrillo Bridge was conceptualized to serve as the grand and ceremonial entrance to Balboa Park. The bridge was designed by Bertram Goodhue for Panama California Exposition of 1915. It has fulfilled its concept admirably. However, a bypass bridge will soon mar the bridge in such as way that defeats the intended effect of the design, i.e., the lone elegant arched viaduct entrance into the park.Continue Reading What San Diego will soon mar for a parking garage
In a recent op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Tim Worstall writes that high speed rail will be rendered useless by self driving cars. The primary target of the article is the California High Speed Rail project. The article, titled Autonomous vehicles are going to kill high-speed rail, is vague and completely omits discussion of the possibility that self driving cars will actually facilitate high speed rail by making the “last mile” (the distance between the train station and the ultimate destination) easier and cheaper. Continue Reading Example of the dark money ‘think tank’ attack on transit
This is a DRAFT of a book about building in highway airspace, i.e., a freeway cap, also known as a highway cap, or deck, or lid. The book also applies to other freeway right of way projects like parks under freeway viaducts. Please help me finish by commenting suggestions and corrections on the individual chapters. Thank you! (you may see your name in the final product).Continue Reading Book: How to Build a Freeway Cap
It has been over two months since I became a regular bus rider. As I shared in my previous article, my office recently moved from Koreatown (where I was able to reach with ease riding the subway) to Alhambra (which is not served by Metro rail at all). Thus my morning commute now consists of 15 minutes of walking, a short ride on the subway, a 30-minute bus ride, and another 10 minutes on foot. This is just to get to work; I have to do the reverse to return home. Taking public transit to and from a suburb located about nine miles east of my home has been anything but convenient. It would be easy for me to just complain about it endlessly or even give up on the bus altogether. However, I have chosen to stick with it for now because I cannot dismiss riding the bus as an entirely bad experience. As a planner who tends to think about and reflect upon my experiences (perhaps too much), I want to share the following observations about bus riding in Los Angeles. I must clarify though that my comments are from my perspective as a public transit user only, not as a transportation planner, since I lack formal training and experience in the field of transportation planning.Continue Reading Riding the Bus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Vancouver B.C. Metropolitan Core is famous among urbanists for what is now called the “Vancouver Style,” neighborhoods of point towers of 40 stories or more, with a planned tower separation to preserve public views and maximize privacy. The towers have small floor plates set on top of a street wall podium lined with three-story townhouses, or retail storefronts with offices above. There is landscaping on top of the podium and parking underground. Vancouverites have embraced density and walkability in the urban core, the envy of many of us from stateside.Continue Reading How Metropolitan Vancouver Is Reorganizing Suburban Growth Around Transit
The current leadership at San Diego’s regional transportation agency hates taxes, except that they love to spend it. This double-standard has become increasingly apparent in the recent months, as they are back-filling the shortfall in the local sales tax revenues and increase in project costs with $5 billion from a statewide gas tax that many on the agency’s board vehemently oppose.Continue Reading How San Diego’s public transit went from first to worst
We think of “sustainability” as a new idea, a concept underlying our hoped-for environmental stewardship of the planet, but as Poor Richard first voiced a related concept at the beginning of our national existence, it really isn’t a new idea at all. I’m not going to use this opportunity to go tree-hugger on you (although it’s not a role foreign to me), but I do want to highlight how an unused asset of the City’s could be turned into a brilliant community treasure. Sadly, this is an asset the City was prepared to waste. Continue Reading Innovative Community Bike Center coming to San Diego in . . .