Planning on The Edge: Conversations with North American Planning Directors

A conversation with the Planning Directors of six of North America’s most innovative cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and New York.

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Nobody Should be Surprised by BART Breakdowns

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For years now, civil engineers have given America’s aged infrastructure a “D” grade and warned that if we don’t do something soon, it’s simply going to fall apart. Guess what? Train service between North Concord and Bay Point stations was completely shut down at the end of this week, with more misery expected. According to […]

Want More Parking in SF? Be Careful What You Wish For

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The backers of Prop L think San Francisco can “restore balance” to its transportation system by, for example, building more parking garages. So what would SF’s neighborhoods look like, if only they dedicated more real estate to hulking monoliths of automobile storage? Tony Wessling used his photoshop skills to simulate that reality, and posted the “frightening […]

Embarcadero Bikeway Hugely Popular, But Deliveries May Pose a Challenge

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At its first community meeting, a proposed protected bikeway on the Embarcadero seemed popular with just about everyone, though accommodating port deliveries could pose a challenge for its design. “The reception has been overwhelmingly positive,” said SFMTA project manager Patrick Golier. “We’ve had a number of conversations with a variety of stakeholders, all with different […]

Extending the Central Subway: Why Stop at Fisherman’s Wharf?

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The nascent prospect of extending the Central Subway beyond Chinatown gained steam this week with the release of a preliminary city study [PDF] that lays out some conceptual proposals to bring the subway further into the city’s northern neighborhoods. North Beach neighbors, who are living with construction disruption as the tunnel’s drill is extracted in their backyards, […]