New Project: Trying to Make Better Places

In between cups of coffee, and sometimes while drinking coffee, I like to think about how to make cities better - “greener”, safer for pedestrians, better for business, better for bikes, better for people, hell, even better for drivers. A lot of this thinking is spawned while I’m biking to and from work, when I see or experience something that would make a commute better, or perhaps ease congestion. I feel that cities like San Diego, and other cities across the country, are stuck operating in a twentieth century mode, relying on old ways of doing business despite changes occurring in business and in city life.

With that in mind, I’m starting a new project here at Jack’s Cycle Cafe. I’ll still drink and write about coffee, but this new project is going to focus on cities and living in them. Specifically, I’m going to examine Jeff Speck’s “Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places” and look at how San Diego and other cities I’ve been to or will go to apply those rules, or don’t. Focusing in on how cities can become more sustainable and provide better services to all people through transit, business and good governance will be covered in this project, with the hope of building a solid knowledge base that can help shape city policies in the future.

I’m excited about this project because in the last several weeks urban and transit planning has really captured my attention. There are a lot of interesting debates going on across the country about transit and the future of cities, from California to Texas. I’m excited to share with you, dear readers, the project as it evolves and moves forward.

First up in this project is on “Selling Walkability” to city leadership and why making your city more walkable will help improve residents’ lives and the city as well. Stay tuned!