Chariots

In the 1950’s and 60’s plans were drawn up to build an extensive rail network that would create a ring around San Francisco Bay connecting all the towns and cities in the region. It was an ambitious plan fitting an optimistic era of large projects.Jake Coolidge Below is a rendering of what that system would … Continue reading Chariots

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Decline and Gentrification

      Two nights ago I attended a presentation at Mission Dolores Church sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle called “A Changing Mission”. The discussion was based on a newspaper article and associated short film about the neighborhood. It’s well worth a quick look here.     Next week I’ll be in Lancaster, California to attend a similar … Continue reading Two Sides of the Same Coin: Decline and Gentrification

The Reluctant Suburbanite, Or Why San Francisco Doesn’t Always Work

  This week I’m helping a friend move house after watching her grapple with some unappealing options for the last couple of years. In the end she’s leaving San Francisco and moving to the suburbs forty-seven miles to the south. She absolutely hates the suburbs, but given all the possibilities it really is the right … Continue reading The Reluctant Suburbanite, Or Why San Francisco Doesn’t Always Work

Where Transportation and Property Values Collide: San Francisco’s “Google Bus”

I’m a big fan of the Urban Cincy podcast coming out of Cincinnati, Ohio. This short video is a response to some of the head-scratching and confusion about why some San Franciscans are protesting the so-called “Google Bus”. The protests aren’t about the buses themselves or private transportation per se. Instead, the protests are about real estate and … Continue reading Where Transportation and Property Values Collide: San Francisco’s “Google Bus”