Behind NIMBYism lie more sinister forces at work that are designed to entrench structural inequality.
When people panic over every single proposal to trim, let alone fell, an urban tree, it creates serious problems.
For every Gawker hit piece on San Francisco’s urban planning, the city’s rapid explosion was entirely unpredictable, and officials cannot entirely be blamed for failing to be prepared for it.
At the outset, a disclaimer: Land use and urban planning are incredibly complex topics that cannot be covered in a single book, let alone a single post. These issues are deeply interrelated and tangled up with each other and I will be making some simplifications or overly broad statements here for the sake of sticking […]
The sweeping design of the Bay Bridge’s east span includes 37 Canary Island Date Palms, planted in the median that creates space for the bike path and between lanes of opposing traffic. However, just months after the bridge opened—after years of delays caused by problems with construction, skyrocketing costs, and other issues, compounded by safety […]
The United States is not a country that’s terribly friendly to cyclists, despite pushes in recent years to encourage more people to cycle as an environmentally-alternative alternative to driving, and a way to reduce congestion on the roads as well. Yet, cycling in urban areas can be dangerous, and I’m constantly reading about cyclists killed […]
Over 15 years ago, in the late afternoon, a 6.9 earthquake struck Central California, killing 63 and famously damaging the Bay Bridge along with many roadways throughout the Bay Area, in addition to wreaking havoc in San Francisco’s Marina District. It was a formidable earthquake, though by no means the largest possible quake that could […]
Affordable housing is a pretty basic need: People require places to live, ideally safe, clean places with access to running water and electricity. And yet, it’s proved fantastically difficult to provide in the United States, where land is a commodity and many people struggle to survive on low incomes. Consequently, the government has promoted all […]
When I was a wee child in grammar school, some representatives from the county came ’round with a model of the new public pool, intended to replace the rec centre in Fort Bragg. I had a vision that this magical new facility would be built in the very near future; as I recall, my classmates […]