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Downtown San Diego (Gaslamp) seriously needs bike parking. (as in bike corrals. also need repaved streets, protected bike lanes, and wider sidewalks!)
the awarewolfs (AWLF) and cretins @quality social for metal dj night, and mustache march madness mash (mmmm4). 20.03.14.

A lot of us we talking about how awesome it was that a ‘nice’ downtown place was doing such a NOT downtown thing. We all love downtown. But a lot of us, don’t quite really feel welcomed in most downtown spots OR we don’t even wanna go downtown cause the music suuucks. Thanks for opening up your doors specifically for a crowd like us.
Muni Billboards for Ridership Advertising Campaign. March 14, 1978. 
Posted on Harrison and Dore Streets, just above Ambush Leather Shop (now an Acupuncture center).
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» 'Tactical Urbanism' Converting Vacant Lot In Downtown San Diego Into Urban Park

An empty parking lot doesn’t have to be an empty parking lot forever. It can really be transformed into something amazing. And it doesn’t take that much money, it doesn’t take a lot of time, it just takes people who are willing to participate and really want to make a difference.”

David Loewenstein, the chief operating officer of RAD Lab.

A “tactical urbanism” project is underway in San Diego’s East Village, where commercial real estate company HP Investors is lending a vacant lot to the Downtown Partnership. The nonprofit, working with the design firm RAD Lab, decided to ask for the public’s input on what should go in the lot. So they put up a sign in front of the lot asking people to write down ideas for what they want to see in the space.

One of the most popular ideas was a children’s playground and family park. Sifting through the suggestions, it seems the lot will likely be transformed into some kind of urban park.

Sumeet Parekh, HP Investors’ principal and the property’s owner, is loaning the space for free and will pay for all of the costs of the makeover. He said he’s doing it because he owns some of the surrounding buildings and wants to add value to the neighborhood.

"Small things like this can have a really transformative effect on the neighborhood, and we want to invest back in the neighborhoods that we invest in," he said.

kbps, 13.03.14.

finished second quarter of grad school!

(that’s one-third of the way already… two-year program)

emailed in my last final report yesterday!

I don’t want to ever have to use excel, spss, or gis ever again! (hopefully whatever planning jobs i get in the future won’t involve those)

I should be landing in Panama today for a week of spring break in 90ªF T____T;;;; ahah.. i’ll try to survive.

have some posts queued up for you guys. (of course, since i would hate to break my streak of at least one post a day :P)
mostly bike stuff because that’s slightly less time-consuming for me to tumble..


S.F. has new plan to drive more cars off Market Street
"This is primarily a safety project," said Timothy Papandreou, director of strategic planning in the sustainable streets division of the MTA.
The changes announced Friday include stepped-up enforcement of existing transit-only lanes and turn restrictions. Early next year, additional mandatory turns are to be installed at Third, Fourth and Fifth streets and transit-only lanes would be extended eastward down Market.
Market Street between Eighth and Montgomery streets has twice as many collisions as parallel Mission Street despite having only a third of the traffic, Papandreou said. It also includes four of the city’s 20 worst intersections for collisions that injure or kill pedestrians—Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Main Streets. Two of the worst intersections for bike collisions are also on Market at Third and Fifth streets.
sfgate, 15.03.14.
basically, market st. is gonna be even more confusing to drive on, so stick to mission st (soma) and only cross over to the other grid when you need to.
» Woman whose bike was stolen at BART station helps in sting to recover it

I have a U-Lock and I have the Pinhead lock system for the wheels and seat and they still cut the U-Lock,” she said, noting the lengths that bike thieves will go to. In fact, BART recommends locking your bike with two U-Locks if possible.

A 44-year-old Oakland woman wasn’t going to sit back and let her $900 bike get stolen without striking back. So she enlisted the help of BART Police in a sting operation that not only recovered the bike, stolen from MacArthur station last weekend, but put the suspected thief in jail.

She spotted her bike for sale on Craigslist and, after coordinating with BART Police, made arrangements to meet him to “buy” her own bike.

The victim positively identified the bicycle as belonging to her, and used a key to successfully unlock her bike equipment. The suspect was also arrested for possession of narcotics, an outstanding warrant out of Reno for $25,000.00, probation violation, and possession of forged identification. A sergeant approved the arrest and interviewed the suspect, who confessed to knowing the bicycle was stolen and was taken to jail.

If you experience theft on BART property, please report the incident and enlist the help of BART Police before undertaking any recovery effort on your own, for your personal safety. BART Police contacts are here or program 510-464-7000 into your phone.

bartnews, 14.03.14.

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