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Places Petaluma CA

Richmond Jake

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A very cool and historic downtown.

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Screw it. I just lost my patience in posting more images. The Man says I have the patience of a gnat. He's correct.
There are a bunch more images in "California, Other."

From Wiki:

Petaluma pioneered the time-controlled approach to development. After Highway 101 was re-aligned as a freeway in 1955, residential development permits tripled, from 300 in 1969 to 900 in 1971. Because of the region's soaring population in the sixties, the city enacted the “Petaluma Plan” in 1971. This plan limited the number of building permits to 500 annually for a five year period beginning in 1972.[12] At the same time Petaluma created a redbelt around the town as a boundary for urban expansion for a stated number of years. Similar to Ramapo, New York, a Residential Development Control System was created to distribute the building permits based on a point system conforming to the city's general plan to provide for low and moderate income housing and divide development somewhat equally between east and west and single family and multi-family housing.

The stated objectives of Petaluma's time controlled growth management were to ensure orderly growth; to protect the city's small town character and surrounding green space; to provide a variety of housing choices; and to maintain adequate water supply and sewage treatment facilities.

The controlled development plan attracted national attention in 1975 when the city was taken to court by the Construction Industry Association. The city's restriction was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court in 1975 and the Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in 1976. This court ruling still forms the foundation for most local growth management ordinances in California.

Despite this history of planned development, the Petaluma City Council voted on April 13, 2009, to eliminate the entire planning department and lay off the whole planning staff.[13] Planning Division responsibilities were subsequently contracted out to the consulting firm Metropolitan Planning Group, which re-hired some of the former planning staff and continues to operate planning services for the city.
 
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Otis

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As usual, beautiful shots, RJ. I love it when you do these posts. I think the Victorian era in America produced our best architecture.
 

DetroitPlanner

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As usual, beautiful shots, RJ. I love it when you do these posts. I think the Victorian era in America produced our best architecture.

One of these days I will learn to post pics... then I will show you some Art Deco and Beaux Arts buildings that will blow away any Victorian.
 

ursus

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One of these days I will learn to post pics... then I will show you some Art Deco and Beaux Arts buildings that will blow away any Victorian.

I will be waiting.....

I oughtta learn to post pictures better too. Once upon I time I was able to.
 
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Petaluma, California is in Sonoma County, so I checked to see if the town was ravaged by wildfires. It appears that Petaluma did not get the worst of it, so Sonoma County moved its evacuation centers from Santa Rosa to Petaluma.

The Petaluma River had not been dredged for 17 years; last week marked the completion of the river dredge project:
So much mud had accumulated in recent years that silt-formed embankments became semi-permanent features for boaters and downtown strollers alike – some so large they attracted nicknames and annual hordes of migrating birds.

It’s little surprise, then, that the Sandpiper siphoned more junk than expected, including some odd trash items that slowed down progress. While tires and shopping carts were to be expected, the half-dozen bowling balls, an entire car and part of a gun did raise a few eyebrows.

Last week it was announced that Petaluma Police would resume code enforcement, especially with regard to traffic and parking. "Amid the pandemic, wildfires and evacuations, Petaluma PD has been focusing on education rather than enforcement."

The beautiful Victorian architectural structures in Petaluma's downtown continue to be well-preserved; they have not seen the destruction that some wildfires did to other historic sites in other parts of California.

This not-interesting update of mine is one of a thousand reasons why we need RJ back. Is he still around somewhere?
 
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