Make urban buses fare-free. Only then will urban planning make any sense.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

History of "urban planning" in San Diego

How Governmental Agencies Destroy Public Trust: A History of San Diego Regional Transportation Plans | BikeSD: "Reading the list of projects in the 1976 document is like reading a list of broken promises. For the biking element, the 1976 RTP called for the creation of three hundred and five (305) regional “bicycle route improvements”. It goes on to state that “these improvements are primarily bike paths and lanes separated from automobile traffic.”  "
The solution to "failed" planning is not more planning. Make buses fare-free. People will vote with their seat.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

76% of Americans are open to using #publictransit over driving

dailynews - letters : "While not all of us are ready to ditch our cars immediately, many are becoming more interested in the convenience and cost-effectiveness of available public transportation options. A 2013 America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp. revealed that 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation over driving — up 7 percent from when HNTB last asked that question in 2010."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jammed: L.A., San Francisco tops in traffic misery

usatoday: "Los Angeles congestion increased 2% in 2013, rising to the highest levels in five years, the report said. Drivers with a 30-minute daily commute were delayed an average of 90 hours while behind the wheel in 2013."



(Photo: Reed Saxon, AP)

Monday, May 19, 2014

#Freetransit too expensive? $433,000.00 for one Crosswalk

Great Streets San Diego: "Some would say that this new crosswalk, with flashing lights and signs is a good thing because it helps pedestrians. To that I say, a Stop Sign would have achieved the same result, would have cost a lot less, and would have been better for the neighborhood in general."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

California fire season now 365 days long

Los Angeles Times: "“Already this year, Cal Fire has responded to an over 100% increase in the number of wildfires than average,” Berlant said.


The fires were more proof that California’s drought conditions have created a year-round fire season.

“It starts with the drought,” Berlant said. “The grass, the brush and the trees -- not only in San Diego County, really across California -- are really dry.”"



photo Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cars have eaten up our public spaces

Walter Scott Chambers III: "This used be a public plaza ... Open space for people. It's been destroyed to create more car parking. How Could Hillcrest allow this to happen?!"

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Climate change increasing massive wildfires in West

reuters
usatoday: "Overall, the number of large wildfires increased by a rate of seven fires a year from 1984 to 2011, while the total area damaged by fire increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres per year, according to the study, published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

The study comes against the backdrop of what could to be a disastrous year for fires in the West, especially drought-plagued California, which even saw fires in the normally quiet month of January."