Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Now that rollerbladers have finally learned how to become fairly civil on bike paths, wouldn't you know it's time for another device, the Trikke, whose whole means of human-powered propulsion seems to depend upon weaving. If you're a bicyclist on a bike path, or a pedestrian on a sidewalk, this is about as welcome as a swarm of scooters, only more dangerous.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

My father passed away on Monday. The cause: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This disease is the fourth leading cause of death in America. Please consider a donation to the American Lung Association.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Geography gives people a funny impression of how a country feels. The recent presidential election is the latest example. For a more realistic view of how the country really looks, by population instead of geography, visit this page. Bob Herbert said it well: "The election's been lost but there's still a country to save."

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

I was in Denver last week and picked up a copy of Westword, an alt-weekly. The cover story, Go With the Flow, offered a fascinating peek into how skateparks are designed, and mis-designed. The road to skateboarding, too, is paved with good intentions, but with mixed results.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Michael Moore puts it best: "To Non-Voters: I understand why you stopped voting. Politicians suck. Nothing ever seems to change. You’re only one vote. Yes, politicians suck. But so do car salesmen – and that hasn’t stopped you from buying a car." Unfortunately true in today's America.