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  1. D Green's avatar
    I'm a little hard-pressed to put the two together. Sprawl came from a natural tendency of city planners and developers to expand a city via the easiest means.

    Journalism, on the other hand, can influence events when an unnatural occurrence is exposed (economic bubble, fiscal cliff, nature encroachment, poverty spikes, etc). But does it change the fact of the event? Not really. Concerning city development, journalism has a tendency to react to events, not influence them.

    Concerning efficient urban planning, we (North Americans) are still way behind in comparison to metropolitan centers in Asia and quite a few European ones. The one thing we can't completely come to terms with yet is "density is our friend." We should always strive to build up, not outwards.

    Transportation costs, fuel expenditure, nature encroachment, environmental impact, and that thing urban planners like called "vibrancy" depend on density, not sprawl. Yet we continue to move towards building more and more single family homes. The crisis is when we overbuild SFH and surbubia's that continue to inflate sprawl and devastate nature and encroach on wildlife habitats, we need to do what people without cars learned to do thousands of years ago: bring communities closer together. Build on commonly-shared resources. Being geologically conservationalist. Saving resources by building and sharing together. In this sense, journalism will probably never react fast enough to bring this kind of change. So, to answer your question, journalism doesn't influence urban planning, and we've got a long way to go to create a larger migration towards city centers and away from the suburbs.
  2. developmentguru's avatar
    What's frustrating, however, is when you have these nice new ramps virtually all over your city, but your city leadership refuses to make any ordinance requirements that enforce building of sidewalks!
  3. Dan's avatar
    Future sidewalk?
  4. B Michael's avatar
    A little random but. . .

    Any ideas of how to remove these 4 X 4 posts surrounded by concrete - seems to be a lot of concrete maybe 50 lbs on each of 125 posts. Three feet down and now I have to lay down! any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  5. DebWNJ's avatar
    I agree that the idea of curb cuts is a good one. The law says that any road with a significant alteration after 1992 has to have curb cuts. It's just that many of these intersections will *never* be pedestrian-friendly. On my blog, Curb Cuts to Nowhere, I have one that sits beside a Superfund site.
  6. Gedunker's avatar
    Your federal court district has ruled that road improvements, including pavement replacement, is an activity that triggers the ADA. I'm guessing here, but I get the sense that someone made a decision to add ramps in the first phase of the improvement project and let the sidewalks wait until the vacant land develops. It's not an undefensible decision: it is certainly preferable to put the ramps in now and avoid federal litigation. Obviously, it would be better to build the walks as well, but hard decisions have to be made sometimes.
  7. Shellac And Vinyl VelocitY's avatar
    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake
    When you drive the 280 you pass a very large (national?) cemetery. Always lots of flags there on Memorial and Veterans days. It always kinda freaked me out.
    I lived near SF in the '80s, and I hear you loud and clear. What's worse... now my friends in the Bay Area see *quite a few* more flags there during those holidays...

  8. Richmond Jake's avatar
    Some great quotes there.

    “We have 1,500 aboveground residents,” Mayor Helen Fisicaro said, “and 1.5 million underground.”

    "It's great to be alive in Colma."

    When you drive the 280 you pass a very large (national?) cemetery. Always lots of flags there on Memorial and Veterans days. It always kinda freaked me out.
  9. Shellac And Vinyl VelocitY's avatar
    I greatly enjoyed reading your blog. This NY Times article is almost two years old, but I thought you would want to read about Colma, CA and perhaps post more recent articles on that 'necropolis' in your blog.

  10. Dan's avatar
    And to think I didn't have it in the Buzz feed aggregator. I fixed that mistake.