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The driving force behind mass production is a cult of the individual. What motive can there be for the expansion of the economy on a global scale, other than the desire for personal and corporate profit?

In contrast, a locally based economy enhances community spirit, community relationships, and community well-being. Such an economy encourages mutual aid. Members of the village take care of themselves, their families, their neighbours, their animals, lands, forestry, and all the natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. 

Satish Kumar: Gandhi’s Swadeshi - The Economics of Permanence

» Sometimes you’re the restaurant worker; sometimes you’re the hipster

"A comedian recently joked that he didn’t want so much gentrification, just enough so that he could get creme brulee. The challenge of gentrification is that at first it looks pretty awesome.”

oaklandlocal: Thoughts on gentrification, 21.01.14.

4th Annual* Livermore Wine Ride

bikeit:

I declared (to myself) a 2014 bikeit motto “The Year of Dirt”. Not extreme mountain biking or log-jumping, but riding to the sort of places only accessible by a fire road or dirt trail. For example, a break in a day of wine tasting to explore dirt paths to an abandoned winery being reclaimed by vines…

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That was just one part of a great day— a casual, scenic ride through Livermore, for the fourth year in a row (a small group of 5 this time, not the rolling party of 31 from last time).

This time we explored a number of new or not-on-the-bike-coalition-map (built in the past 5 years) routes, including some 4-6 lane expressways through new subdivisions (but with well-marked bike lanes and bike-triggered traffic lights— miles of riding at a time without a single red light or stop).

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Riding past small airports advertising biplane rides (and with many small planes taking off).

Paved paths through open brushland and light tree cover:

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The carefully-maintained bike paths along Tesla Rd (with white and yellow guidelines):

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Picnic lunch and wine tasting break at Concannon (they’re very welcoming of picnickers, with tables and chairs to use even).

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Continuing on, along some of my favorite paved bikes-only paths through fields of vines and the low rolling hills:

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Rolling into Sycamore Grove Park, creepy twisted almond tree groves like something out of Oz:

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The abandoned and collapsing vineyard buildings:

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And a ride back to civilization along dirt… with a Great Blue Heron, gophers, massive fearless vultures above a deer corpse, and other wildlife.

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About 30 miles round trip from the Dublin BART station, and mostly flat….

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gotta do this ride next time i’m back in the east bay!!

Our vision is for San Diegans to be connected by a transportation network with robust pedestrian, bicycle, car and transit options. Our streets are not just for cars. They’re for people. And when they are designed and function as the public spaces they should be, everyone benefits.

Todd Gloria, San Diego Interim Mayor: State of the City Address, 15.01.14.

via bikesd, 17.01.14.

SCARP (The School of Community and Regional Planning) student symposium @the university of british columbia, in vancouver, BC, friday 07.feb. 2014.
just signed up to go to this, along with a few of my PSU MURP classmates. aren’t these acronyms great? like at PSU we call each other “MURPs”, like “I’m a second-year MURP.” so I bet at UBC they say, “Are you a SCARP?”
» Suburban living linked to bigger carbon footprint

a more local article re: the recent UC Berkeley study:

The [Bay Area] region expects to add 2.1 million people in the next 25 years, bringing the population to 9 million. Commutes could lengthen as rising housing costs drive residents from San Francisco, and as new residents move in droves to the more affordable Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

To ease pressure on the region’s transportation systems, Plan Bay Area, the region’s outline for development until 2040, calls for concentrating housing in neighborhoods within walking distance of public transit and amenities like grocery stores and restaurants.

That reflects an increasing desire of people of all ages to live in walkable communities, said Jeff Hobson, deputy director of TransForm, an Oakland group that advocates for public transportation.

Having a low-carbon lifestyle is not just for hipsters,” he said. “It should also be for soccer moms and NASCAR dads and Instagram teens.”

sfgate, 14.01.14.

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