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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Western drought causes Earth's surface to rise as water levels drop

LA Times: "The loss of groundwater, as well as surface water such as reservoirs, has been so extreme that it lifted the West an average of one-sixth of an inch since 2013, according to researchers from UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the U.S. Geological Survey."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On Top Of Withering Drought, California Smashes Heat Records

ThinkProgress: "Caught in a withering drought, California is also shattering a 120-year-old record for heat.
For the first half of 2014, the state has been an average of 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal, and 1 degree warmer than the previous record set in 1934, according to the National Climatic Data Center."

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