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Did you think SMART was a ridiculous waste of money? Just wait until you hear about new thinking emerging to criss-cross Marin with a trolley system connecting new high density transit oriented developments making Marin's cities just like Berne, Switzerland. Want to hear the logic behind how it will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions? - so did we, but it wasn't very forthcoming and based on huge leaps of faith.
Read about emerging thinking about bringing trolleys to Marin >>
More than 4 years after the San Rafael city council voted to make Civic Center a PDA the city published an analysis. The analysis seems to suggest Civic Center is a square peg and the PDA categorization a round hole.
Recently the League of Women Voters published an article on Dispelling the Myths behind Affordable Housing. This new Patch article by Richard Hall from his series Planning for Reality highlights an important potential conflict of interest and assesses the facts and fiction behind affordable and high density housing in Marin.
Hong Kong Densities Planned for Marinn
Plan Bay Area concentrates 77% of new housing into Priority Development Areas. Find out how PDAs may affect your neighborhood. More >>
Watch the Great Planning Debate - Where the Plan is Taken Apart Based on Facts - May 30, 2013
ABAG President, and Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce and MTC Commissioner and Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey take on the Thomas Rubin, former CFO of Southern California Transit Authority and Randal O'Toole, Author of 'Gridlock'. This was an Oxford Style debate on "Plan Bay Area is Good for Marin, and Good for the Region" held on May 30th at the Marin Civic Center Board of Supervisors Chamber,
The Social Engineers Episode 2: The Great Market Research Scandal
ABAG and MTC conducted a telephone survey validating that 84% of the public think their plan is important to help convince their committee to adopt their plan at the vote on July 18th. Here's how they arrived at this figure (based on reality). Please watch and SHARE on Facebook, with friends and neighbors via email...
Read the substantiated facts about the truth behind Plan Bay Area - from how it fails to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gases to how the plan itself admits to reducing the affordability of housing and transportation. Read the facts and understand why Plan Bay Area is a spectacular home goal, and should be sent back to the drawing board.
The truth about the plan >>
The Great Planning Debate
On May 30th Plan Bay Area proponents - ABAG President Mark Luce and MTC Commissioner faced off in a debate against transportation expert and former CFO of regional transit agencies Thomas Rubin and anti-planner Randal O'Toole.
Marin IJ Debate Coverage - IJ coverage, typical of US unwritten media rules that winners are not declared, did not represent that the result of the "Thrilla in Marin-illa" was a sound drubbing that in any boxing match would likely have had the referee call the match off within the first round.
Randal O'Toole's Presentation - read Randal's presentation and learn why Plan Bay Area is so ineffective at achieving it's stated goals, yet imposes such a massive financial and social cost on Bay Area residents.
Plan Bay Area Comment Letters
Plan Bay Area may have been 1,355 pages and allowed only 55 days to read, but it elicited many comment letters containing hundreds of pages of valid concerns that somehow must be addressed before an adoption vote as soon as July. If you only have a few minutes read the population forecast by Beacon Economics, national transportation expert Thomas Rubin's letter, and the comment letter from Bob Silvestri. (This is just a selection of many submitting letters of comment and concern).