Only A Slow Internet Connection And Reddit Can Interrupt You From Participating In Plan Bay Area’s Virtual Workshop

Plan Bay Area Logo

For those who were put off by the incivility at recent public meetings in support of Plan Bay Area, residents can now participate and send comments to regional planners at their Virtual Workshop.

There’s less text than one would expect for a blueprint to help guide land use and transportation planning and policy for the next few decades, but there are easy to watch videos and handouts to read. Oh, and plenty of opportunities to comment by way of numerous surveys (or simply email your comments as well).

Remember, Plan Bay Area is a joint regional effort by these important agencies: Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

FYI. The Virtual Workshop is open until Wednesday, 15 February 2012.

SPUR San Jose Is Close, But Still Hasn’t Launched Yet

SPUR San Jose: 'Coming January 2012'

It’s 31 January 2012 (9:26PM PST), and unfortunately SPUR San Jose still hasn’t launched yet.

I’m sure that SPUR‘s pilot project for San Jose and Silicon Valley is still moving forward. Heck, there’s talk about another project to bring San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association to Oakland and the East Bay.

Why am I so sure? There’s a date for the SPUR San Jose Launch Party! It will be Thursday 8 March 8 2012 (5:30-7:30PM PST) at San Pedro Square Market (87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA).

It’s FREE, but please RSVP.

[image via PJ]

Webinar: Making Our Voices Heard – Strengthening FTA’s Title VI And Environmental Justice Protections

Environmental Justice Now

Public Advocates Inc. hosted a webinar earlier today (10 November 2011, 12 to 1PM) on the potential impacts of revisions to the Federal Transit Administration‘s Title VI that highlights environmental justice in public transportation policy decision-making.

“Making Our Voices Heard: Strengthening FTA’s Title VI and EJ Protections for Public Transportation” is available as both a PDF and an archived webinar recording. The latter is especially appreciated as most webinars are never made available post recording (at least in my experience).

If you have comments on the revisions, please submit them here. Comment submittal ends 2 December 2011.

Public Advocates collaborated with a group of nonprofit organizations, including Urban Habitat and Transform.

For more information, please see the FTA’s archived webinar on Environmental Justice (PDF) and Title VI (PDF).

[photo via Fruit of the Orchard]

Sacramento To Celebrate Return Of Car Traffic On Former K Street Mall With Parade

K Street Mall, Sacramento

It is official… cars and their traffic will return to Sacramento’s former K Street Mall. And to celebrate, the City of Sacramento is celebrating with a parade on 12 November 2012 (4PM to 9 PM PST), which perfectly coincides with this month’s Second Saturday.

What a coincidence!

November 12 Festivities

12th & K Stage

4:00 PM – Opening Ceremony & Car Parade
5:30 PM – Ballerinas & Breakdancers (courtesy of Rowena & Takashi)
6:00 PM – Sizzling Sirens of Burlesque (courtesy of Marilyn’s on K)
6:30 PM – Smirkers (courtesy of Marilyn’s on K)
7:30 PM – Mariachi Latino (courtesy of Mayahuel)
8:00 PM – Spazmatics
9:00 PM – Stage closes

See Downtown Sacramento Partnership for more activities, including a walking tour.

Long Time Coming

It has been a long time coming for K Street Mall. A pedestrian mall was a great idea for the corridor decades ago. It did not work for various reasons.

The most significant reason would be sprawl. Sure, shopping malls had impacts, but when more people lived outside of the Central City than inside, there really was too much competition.

A lack of downtown residents did not help either.

While that may seem obvious, given how much money the City of Sacramento pumped into reviving K Street Mall through the decades, there was definitely a lack of consistency in policies as City Councils continued to approve new fringe development (think Natomas and thankfully not Greenbriar) while also trying to spur downtown economic development–two conflicting policies indeed.

[photo via Hi-Lo [Sacramento]]