A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous

By Scott Wiener, Anthony Iron : theatlantic – excerpt Undue fears of urban density warp public policy—and make Americans more vulnerable. Cities are a boon for public health—even now. As public-health experts have known for decades, people who live in a city are likely to walk and bike more often, and they live closer to … More A Backlash Against Cities Would Be Dangerous

Coronavirus Impact: Santa Clara Co. proposal would allow more employees to work from home after pandemic

abc7news – excerpt (includes video) Board president Cindy Chavez is laying the groundwork for what some are calling a visionary plan. “Let’s be as creative and innovative as we can. Let’s not let all the suffering that we’ve had for the last eight weeks go to waste,” she said. After the COVID-19 pandemic is over, … More Coronavirus Impact: Santa Clara Co. proposal would allow more employees to work from home after pandemic

UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

By Tiffany Crawford :vancouversun – excerpt Researchers at the University of B.C. have found a link between living near highways and an increased risk of several major neurological disorders, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The study, published this week in Environmental Health, found proximity to major roads may also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis … More UBC study links living near highways to risk of neurological disorders

53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

By Alix Martichoux : sfgate – excerpt Dreaming of greener (read: cheaper) pastures? You’re not alone. According to a new survey by Edelman Intelligence, 53 percent of Californians are considering moving out of state due to the high cost of living. Millennials are even more likely to flee the Golden State — 63 percent of them … More 53 percent of Californians want to leave the state, according to new survey

‘Incentive to create havoc’: Self-driving cars set to turn streets into gridlocked hell – study

RT – excerpt Driverless cars could spark a gridlock nightmare to avoid paying for parking, a new study warns. Autonomous vehicles could even gang up to create traffic delays, allowing them to continuously cruise around instead of park. The idea sounds like a smart one: Avoid ever having to pay for parking by getting your … More ‘Incentive to create havoc’: Self-driving cars set to turn streets into gridlocked hell – study

Dick Spotswood: Larkspur ferry parking structure stalled by ideology

By Dick Spotswood : marinij – excerpt Golden Gate Ferry statistics show that peak-period boats are at capacity. Likewise, the ferry terminal parking lot off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is jammed. Significantly, there’s demand for increased ferry service on the existing route to the San Francisco Ferry Building and, given water transit’s rising popularity, a … More Dick Spotswood: Larkspur ferry parking structure stalled by ideology

Stop deepening Bay Area transportation, housing crisis

By Daniel Borenstein : mercurynews – excerpt Tired of subsidizing irresponsible billionaires? Here’s a plan to provide more housing in the right places Here’s an idea to address the Bay Area’s transportation and housing crisis: Stop making it worse. Since the Great Recession, the Bay Area has added 722,000 jobs but constructed only 106,000 housing  … More Stop deepening Bay Area transportation, housing crisis

Falling transit ridership will not dissuade the social engineers

By Steven Greenhut : ocregistrer – excerpt (opinion) SACRAMENTO – It has been about 15 years since Orange County tried to build a $1-billion light-rail system that would have gone from one suburban parking lot to another. It would have moved around half of 1 percent of the county’s commuters. What I remember most about … More Falling transit ridership will not dissuade the social engineers

Parking Near Transit Increases Ridership During Peak Commute Hours

By Tom Rubin­ Transit is not always an alternative to parking capacity. The ridership for the Los Angeles Subway (now Red and Purple Lines) was projected at 298,000 in 2000, the year it opened. In the best years, the total barely got over half of that. What is interesting is that the stations South of the Hollywood … More Parking Near Transit Increases Ridership During Peak Commute Hours

Major Regional Housing Plan – CASA Compact discussion on KQED Forum

Re: KQED Forum on CASA (audio track included)Monday at 9:00 am Host: Rachael Myrow and Guests: Susan Kirsch, Founder, Livable California; Michael Covarrubias, CASA Co-Chair, CEO, TMG Partners and Guy Marzorati, reporter, KQED’s California Politics and Government Desk. See https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101869236/major-housing-plan-gets-approval-from-mtc-association-of-bay-area-governments Who will pay for the CASA Compact programs if they are implemented? Who will finance a … More Major Regional Housing Plan – CASA Compact discussion on KQED Forum