Talking Headways Podcast: Can All Cities Be Great?

The guest this episode is Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released "What Makes a Great City." We chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures, why Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets; and Alexander’s heroes, from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses.

Today’s Headlines

  • All BART Cars to Have Working Cameras by July (SFChron, Kron4)
  • Bills to Ban and Limit BART Strikes (EastBayTimes)
  • More Safety Improvements for Upper Market (Hoodline)
  • More on Muni Shooting (Hoodline)
  • More on Lombard Toll (Curbed, SFBay)
  • Uber and Lyft Increasing Passenger Miles? (Kron4)
  • Superheros Pick Up Litter (SFist)
  • Public Spaces on High (SFChron)
  • Commentary: If Chao Cuts Caltrain (Slate)
  • Commentary: Don’t Toll Lombard (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Progress on Ferry Talks (MarinIJ)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

Streetsblog SF will be off for President’s Day, Feb 20 and Tues., Feb 21, returning on Wed., Feb 22.

Jeff Jones, whose partner was killed in 2015, and Devon Warner, starting the long process of prep for this year's Ride of Silence. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

Help Needed to Commemorate the Fallen

Devon Warner is a volunteer and advocate who has organized San Francisco's "Ride of Silence," which commemorates cyclists killed, for the past three years. She kicked off this year's round of prep last night at Cafe International in the Lower Haight.

Today’s Headlines

  • Traffic Deaths Grim Numbers (SFChron)
  • A Toll for Lombard Street? (SFChron, SFExaminer)
  • Redfin Ranks SF Best Place to Live Car Free (Curbed)
  • Home SF Plan Proposes Development Flexibility (SFBay)
  • Development for Unused Balboa Reservoir (Socketsite)
  • Millbrae Weighs Development and HSR (DailyJournal)
  • More on Twin Peaks Tunnel Closures (Hoodline, SFBay)
  • More on Polk Street Bike Lane Plans (Hoodline)
  • More on Geary BRT Lawsuit (Hoodline)
  • Work Begins for Novato Bus Hub (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Geary BRT Lawsuit is a Bunch of Bull (SFExaminer)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

At Bourg-la-Reine, outside Paris, the rail station is surrounded by dense, mixed-use development and walkable streets. Image: Google Maps

What American Commuter Rail Can Learn From Paris, Part 2

In Europe it's common for regional rail systems to get ridership comparable to that of the subway in the central city. But in America, this is unheard of. One reason for the discrepancy is land use: American commuter rail stations are typically surrounded by parking, while in the Paris region you see a different pattern with ample development next to suburban train stations.
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