One crucial aspect of contemporary debates on spatial politics, socioeconomic stratification, and immigration is the issue of public transit. Prior to the question of a person’s right to be in a city (or supposed lack thereof in the case of undocumented immigrants), there is the question of a city’s duty to provide feasible means for […]
Nearly a third of all counties in California are proposing a sales tax increase to fund transportation on this November’s ballot. But one stands out with organized opposition from an unprecedented coalition of labor, environmental and community groups. It is perhaps the only transportation measure where both political parties, and the main newspaper opposes it.
It’s Parking Day 2016 San Diego! Parklets are all over downtown and elsewhere. It happens on the third Friday of September every year (note to calendar).
Earlier this year the city unveiled an updated plan to combat climate change, the 2016 Climate Action Plan (CAP). It is an impressive, and ambitious document which advocates a future for the world’s finest city in which the health of citizens and the environment are prioritized. The CAP proudly proclaims efforts to “improve public health […]
After months of discussion and several revisions, the Downtown Mobility Plan goes to the San Diego City Council on June 21st. The plan aims to transform the street grid to an integrated urban network for all including motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. Downtown’s workforce and residential populations are projected to more than double within […]
Electric vehicle ownership now has practical and personal advantages over gas powered vehicle ownership that have nothing to do with the environment. These advantages portend an imminent and rapid shift towards electric vehicle ownership, delayed only by a soon to end public information lag.
San Francisco has 23,000 metered parking spaces and sets prices using complex “demand-responsive rate adjustments.” Around SF City Hall, for example, hourly rates vary by time of day and block by block – up to $5.25 midweek and as low as $.25 on weekends. In San Diego, despite the growing population and a tightening supply, […]
Over 120 cities and counties in California have a climate action plan either completed or in the pipeline. As cities develop these plans and initiatives to address climate change, it is important to emphasize that social equity is integrated within environmental policies. The vulnerabilities, resilience and sustainability of the human ecosystem are as much determined […]
Like most plans for public spaces San Diego’s Downtown Draft Mobility Plan is full of generalities posing as specific solutions. Complete Streets is a great concept, but its application needs to be carefully cultivated based on the needs and long term use of the block on which it is being installed.
Civic San Diego has released a draft of the long awaited Downtown San Diego Mobility Plan. It proposes significant changes to the street grid with a goal of reducing travel by car and increasing trips by bike and foot. Another objective is to lower carbon emissions in accordance with state law.