Today’s Headlines

  • Two Women Carrying Groceries in Crosswalk Hospitalized by Driver at Sunset and Moraga (KTVU)
  • Three Car Occupants Fleeing Police in Mission Hospitalized After Crash (CBS)
  • Sacramento Bee Looks at the State of Pedestrian Safety in SF
  • Video Shows Taunted Driver Exit Truck, Chase People With Knife on Powell During Pride (CBS)
  • Man May Face Attempted Murder Charges After Stealing DPW Truck, Nearly Hitting Employee (KTVU)
  • Skate Park, Dog Park Open Under Central Freeway Where Parking Lots Used to Be (KQED)
  • SF Public Press Far Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Newspaper Delivery by Bicycle (CBS)
  • Press Finds More Drivers Who Like the End of Sunday Parking Meters (KQED, NBC, KRON, KTVU)
  • SF Failing to Build Enough Walkable Housing (Examiner); Plan Bay Area Lawsuit Rejected (SFGate)
  • Person Killed by BART Train at Richmond Station (KTVU)
  • New Bay Area Bike Share Data From the South Bay (Cyclelicious); SJ Plans More Bike Lanes (Cycle)
  • Rod Diridon, “Father of Light Rail” in Santa Clara County, Retires (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The suit against Plan Bay Area is funded by the same people who erected all those illegal billboards along I-580 east of Castro Valley. They use all the same dog-whistle words in their press releases, like “stack and pack”. My favorite sentence from their press release announcing the suit last year was this one:

    “In this planner’s dream environment, everyone would complacently agree to a regimented lifestyle, living in multi-family housing, and walking, bike-riding, or taking public transit to work.”

    Stack and pack!!!

  • aslevin

    I am about to ride a bicycle to a meeting, following the directions of the Planner Overlords. Regimented!

  • Fran Taylor

    My neighbor who lives on York, a few blocks away from me, posted this comment on the CBS site (CBS story didn’t mention that chase was going the wrong way down Cesar Chavez):

    “I live right next to the crash scene and am dismayed that police would think it was a good idea to chase a car down the wrong side of Cesar Chavez. My friend’s truck was totaled and the 20+ neighbors who came out after the police put their guns away were convinced that the passengers were killed. After putting their guns away the police stood around waiting for the fire fighters and ambulances, who also took their time getting the people out of the car. Then, they were put in the back of the ambulance where the ambulance didn’t leave for a while, suggesting the passengers were dead.”

  • Andy Chow

    It is just as if not more regimented to live in single family housing, drive to work, shop at big box stores, eat at chain restaurants, and have multiplexes be the only entertainment option. Isn’t this already the case in ex-urban towns like Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield. Isn’t all those regimented lifestyles (where you shop, what you see, what you eat) all decided by some small gang of corporate executives?

  • davistrain

    Sometimes I wonder if the American public has been “brainwashed” by the automotive, petroleum and real estate industries into thinking that “Real Americans” live in suburban houses and drive the biggest cars they can afford. The subtle message is that transit-riding apartment dwellers are “second class citizens”. We can even go back to the “Cold War” era, when citizens of the “Union of Silently Swallowed Republics” were objects of pity for being crammed into Stalin-era apartment blocks. Proponents of urban density can also be seen as wanting to go back to the days of teeming slums in New York. Owning your home is seen as being free of dealing with landlords and obnoxious neighbors–I’m reminded of folk singer Oscar Brand, and his parody of a Woody Guthrie line “This land is my land, it isn’t your land, and you better get off. ‘fore I blow your head off.” Of course, this “A man’s home is his castle” can be illusory–if some government entity wants your property for a sales-tax generating shopping center, you could be forced to move, some neighborhoods have “home owners associations” that can be very “regimental” and even after the mortgage is paid off, you still have to come up with ever-increasing property taxes.

  • Andy Chow

    Those “home owners associations” are very regimental indeed, and along with cities, use power over land use to force a particular regiment. It used to be worse with restrictions against people of certain race to reside. Today there’s still a lot of restriction on how people can use their property based on quality of life/aesthetic rationales.