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

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SD Unified Approves Free Bus Passes For Low-Income Students |

SD Unified Approves Free Bus Passes For Low-Income Students | "The decision comes several years after Barrera learned educators at San Diego High were collecting money from staff, parents and anyone else who would give to cover the cost of transit passes for students who couldn't buy their own. Barrera said about 70 percent of students at San Diego High take the trolley or bus to school."

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

#Carfree and happy in Los Angeles

Los Angeles magazine: "I’m not Anti-Car. Far from it. When I abandoned my four wheels, it was part of a game. I had noticed how my car sat motionless in one place—my garage, the parking lot at work, the 101—and I wanted to see how long I could get by without driving it at all. Six years later I can confidently say I’m healthier, happier, and wealthier. I estimate that I have $10,000 of “extra” income every year that used to go to car expenses.

I also have more time. Walking, biking, and taking public transit require a lot of planning ahead, but the time shift works to my advantage. I read more books and answer more e-mails. I can effortlessly ride a bike a few miles during the day instead of forcing myself to squeeze in yoga at night. I lost ten pounds in the first year, even though I could swear I was eating more than ever. (It’s a lot tougher to avoid taco trucks when you’re on foot.)"

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mother nature strikes back against sprawl

The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, which ravaged the Mountain Shadows subdivision, proved to be one of the most destructive in Colorado history.(RJ Sangosti, Denver Post file)

The Denver Post: "The hotter, drier climate will transform Rocky Mountain forests, unleashing wider wildfires and insect attacks, federal scientists warn in a report for Congress and the White House."

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Public transit saves $billions in congestion costs alone

Going Places : Center for Neighborhood Technology: "One of the strongest arguments in favor of investment in public transit is the role it plays in mitigating traffic congestion. The logic is simple: more train and bus commuters mean fewer car commuters and fewer cars on the road. A recently released working paper from University of California scholar Michael Anderson provides some real data to back this up. In 2003, employees of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority went on strike, shutting down the cities bus and train services."

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