Columbus Ave. Parklet in San Francisco, installed 11.-12.10.2010. more pics here.
Sidewalk/outdoor cafe seating area extensions! Every day can be PARK(ing) Day!
One of the more critical issues facing outdoor urban human habitat is the paucity of space for humans to rest, relax, or just do nothing. For example, more than 70% of San Francisco’s downtown outdoor space (PUBLIC property!) is dedicated to the private vehicle, while only a fraction of that space is allocated to the public realm.
Under the new law, a person may offer his car through a formal car-sharing service (like the for-profit ZipCar or the nonprofit City CarShare) and still remain covered by his personal car insurance. The solution is surprisingly simple: when the car is being driven by a car-share renter, the burden of liability insurance shifts to the driver.
If getaround (san diego) and spride (bay area) get more members (people who allow their cars to be rented out), transportation may be easier for me when I get back to California next spring. Especially in San Diego.
If you or any of your friends have cars, sign up for these carshare programs (the one in your area)! The car owner will make money off of it — for those long periods of time when the car is parked somewhere being useless. And also help out others who don’t have cars — less cars being bought/less greenhouse gases, less time wasted by bad public transportation.
Kimchi has become so expensive that some restaurants in the capital no longer offer it free as a banchan, or side dish, a situation akin to having an American burger joint charge for ketchup, although decidedly more calamitous here. The politics editor of a major South Korean newspaper called the kimchi situation “a national tragedy,” and an editorial in Dong-a Ilbo termed it “a once in a century crisis.”
Hi government, take an example from google. This would have, and still is, a perfect oportunity to create jobs and stimulate the economy while improving our living standards by lowering our fossil fuel dependency. Let’s take the 5 billion and turn it into 100 billion and do this from coast to coast. This will employ many people and become the Hoover Dam of our time. Once we’re done, the proceeds will go toward paying itself and its maintanace, along with other programs. Or, we can let Google do it and we can just eliminate the goverment because apparanty firms will be in charge of our future infrastructural projects.
Many of us would be happy to live with a bigger version of 1950s government: one that ran surpluses and was dexterous enough to tackle long-term problems as they arose. But we don’t have that government. We have an immobile government that is desperately overcommitted in all the wrong ways.
This week, learn about California’s course for clean energy (12.Oct), get tips from Green Campus on reducing your negative environmental impact to prep for the Campus Conservation Nationals (14 Oct), and meet up with California’s student leaders at the CSSC Fall Clean Energy Convergence at UCSB (15.-17.Oct), all a part of October Energy and Waste Month!
Dude, that’s not a smart marketing/advertising/promotion move: calling it “Energy and Waste Month”. What if people think “Oh f’real?! Let’s waste some more energy this month!” and go to leave their faucets running and their lights turned on the whole month? Das wurde nicht gut sein.
Which is why I added “awareness” to the link above. It makes more sense, though still too soft a word. I think “cut-back” would be more fitting. But then, yeah, these things shouldn’t just be for a month, but for the whole course of the future. Sort of off the point now, though. You get what I mean; I’m stopping here.
I thought about joining the SSC last year, especially when they got bigger and got that sustainability resource center by Price Center Theater, but I was busy and now I’m in Deutschland. So, next year..
Stanford University undergraduate Daniel Jacobson is interested in pursuing a career in transportation planning and urban design, and I think it’s safe to say he’s off to a real good start.
The 20-year-old native of Point Richmond spent nine months of independent study producing a detailed and ingenious plan to revive Oakland’s economy: build a 2.5-mile streetcar line that runs through the heart of the city, connecting Piedmont to Jack London Square.
The plan would create up to 24,000 jobs, housing opportunities for an equal number of new residents and breathe life back into downtown Oakland.
[..If] Korematsu were alive today, he’d be speaking out in horror against today’s toxic climate of unfounded fear and suspicion, recognizing it as one that can rapidly lead to outrages like the Japanese American internment.
In 1998, Korematsu himself was presented with an equally high honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Bill Clinton. Courage in word and deed; willingness to say no, and willingness to say yes. Together, the legacies of these heroes demonstrate two different but complementary types of bravery — both of which are critical for democracy to thrive. They deserve our salute, our support — and our steadfast gratitude.
Situated only a few blocks from Oaksterdam University – the country’s first cannabis college – business leaders say Feelmore has the potential to bring more traffic to the Central Business District and perhaps draw more business to the vacant storefronts that are prevalent in the area.
“There’s nothing downtown Oakland right now,” said Fred Brown, who owns Rocsil’s Shoe Company at 1701 Telegraph, right next door to Feelmore. “Business downtown has been slowly deteriorating over the past 20 years.”
Bicycles accounted for 75% of the morning roadway traffic on San Francisco’s Market Street for the 16th annual Bike to Work Day. There was a 33% increase in cyclists biking in San Francisco on Bike to Work Day compared to last year.
Help complete the separated bikeway on Market St! Act now by emailing the Mayor. more info.
The medical marijuana store previously named iGrow re-opened on Sunday as a national enterprise called weGrow. The opening attracted dozens of reporters and hundreds of visitors to what the owners call the largest store of its kind in the state. “This is one of the thriving businesses California is going to see,” said Oakland City Council member Jean Quan, one of the city leaders who spoke in favor of the store at the kickoff press conference.