Michael Rhodes Leaving Streetsblog for a Bright Urban Planning Career

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It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Michael Rhodes, our stalwart transit reporter over the last year who has created a daily drumbeat about Muni and other transit operators, is leaving us to pursue a career in urban planning. He’ll be getting his master’s degree in city planning at UC Berkeley starting this fall and, while we’re very proud of him for advancing to that stage, we’re going to miss him, as I assume you will too.

A short year ago, Michael came on board as an intern with no experience as a beat reporter, but he demonstrated his skills from the moment he started. I was so pleased with this first article that I asked him to begin contributing stories regularly. He then set out to cover a wide array of land use and transportation issues, and investigative stories on Muni. We were so impressed with his deep understanding of the issues and his professional interaction with policymakers that I asked him to become a full-time reporter. He has produced well over 200 stories for the site now, and established himself as one of only a few journalists covering the public transit beat full-time in California, and perhaps the U.S.

Michael has become an integral part of Streetsblog SF’s success, helping us become an influential force in transportation policy and culture in the Bay Area. His ongoing coverage of the MTA has helped illuminate the issues and inform policy makers on major decisions. The breadth of topics Michael has covered, and the connections he’s made with advocates and officials, will undoubtedly be an invaluable resource to him as he enters an academic urban planning environment.

Though it’s bittersweet to have to say goodbye to Michael, we take some solace knowing he’s agreed to continue writing occasionally for Streetsblog. Please join me in wishing him all the best at Berkeley and beyond.

  • mcas

    His clear and concise reporting will be tough to match– but with a Masters, he’ll be unstoppable in a few years…!

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Glad to know you’ll still be chiming in with a few articles from time to time. Good luck.

  • Congrats to Michael. Your amazing reporting on Muni will be missed. Good luck to you!

  • Best of luck, Michael. Keep fighting the good fight.

  • I wish you the best… I’m sure your DCRP experience time will lead to great opportunities in the future. You’ll have a much easier time writing papers and doing research than I did!

  • ZA

    Best of luck, great to have had you here. Maybe you can use all of us for your research thesis.

  • Have really enjoyed your work, Michael. Berkeley is lucky to have you.

  • friscolex

    He will be sorely missed by this transit-obsessed reader.

  • Evan

    Is this why the volume of stories has been dropping? In an case, he’ll be missed.

  • Thanks for all the time and work you’ve put into streetsblog Michael – very much appreciated. Best of luck!

  • Nick

    Hopefully the pull of SF’s streets will bring him back. He’ll have plenty of time to think about them as he rides through the traffic calmed bike boulevards of Berkeley.

    How can one be happy with that knowing there is so much work that needs to be done here? Best of luck.

  • Good luck, Michael: practice your weakness, race your strength.

  • Michael, thanks for your excellent coverage. I wish you all the best.

  • good luck! don’t be afraid to call ‘bs’ on your profs who advocate for big buildings, big buses, big blocks, etc.!

  • Michael,

    I only wish you had a clone so you could keep reporting for us and become just the kind of city planner we need at the same time! Either way, your work will be invaluable.

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