San Rafael residents voicing concerns over SMART’s wood railroad ties

Marin IJ | Mark Prado | posted: 2/20/2015 Several residents who live near Los Ranchitos Road in San Rafael are asking that work on the SMART rail project stop until the agency can address why wood ties thought to be filled with creosote are being stacked and used in their…

SMART Board Gets an Earful: Citizens confront SMART Board over environmental toxins

WeAreSanRafael.com | posted: 2/19/2015 Is SMART using toxic creosote ties in San Rafael? 12 residents showed up at today’s SMART Board meeting in Petaluma armed with photos of creosote timber ties stacked on Los Ranchitos, ties that are being installed at our grade crossings, and timber ties lying in rainwater…

How many bicyclists will ride across Richmond bridge?

Marin IJ | Dick Spotswood | posted: 2/17/2015 The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Caltrans are determined to proceed with plans for a hugely expensive bike path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. What they will not do until forced is authorize a “demand study.” That’s an analysis…

Driving us up the wall — Will new funding restrictions affect transportation in Marin?

Pacific Sun | Peter Seidman | posted: 2/13/2015 Most Marin cities and the county face restrictions on the amount of federal gas tax money they can spend. The cause: Rejecting the Plan Bay Area concept of priority development areas. When motorists fill their gas tanks in Marin, they pay 18.4…

Marin Voice: A real test for debate over housing densities

Marin IJ-Voice | Ron Arlas | posted: 2/14/2015 The apartments at the old WinCup site in Corte Madera are nearing completion. Once that happens, we will finally have the chance to determine which planning philosophy is more accurate in the real world. For the 20 years that I was on…

A new pro-growth group takes on the politics of housing

48 hills | Zelda Bronstein | posted: 2/9/2015 Last Monday evening, a new organization with a highrise, pro-growth agenda and a memorable acronym — the San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation — held a forum at The Lab, a block from the 16th St. BART station. The topic was “The…

Marin fares well when it comes to commuting by transit or working close to home

Marin IJ | Dick Spotswood | posted: 2/10/2015 Let’s put two myths to rest. The first is the contention by high-density developers and housing activists that Marin County has the worst record in the Bay Area when it comes to importing workers from surrounding counties. If any counties merit the…

The “Transportation Cloud” is Coming

Planning For Reality | Richard Hall | posted: 2/8/2015 Many are familiar with “the cloud” – that imaginary place up there in Internet “heaven” where companies and people can access file storage, computing power, movies or music instantaneously – on demand – whenever they need it. The computer cloud has…

Runaway growth threatens Seattle’s livability but pro-growth lobby demands still more – exposing the myth that Seattle isn’t bearing its fair share of the region’s growth

Pacific Publishing/Coalition for an Affordable, Livable Seattle | Carolee Colter and John V. Fox | posted: January 2014 Every ten years, the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the Puget Sound four-county area (King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap) to adjust projections for future growth, and set targets that determine where…

“Progressive” Gentrification: One Community’s Struggle Against Affordable Housing

Truthout | Aaron Cantú | posted: 2/5/2015 As City Hall attempts to jam thousands of more housing units concurrently with new commercial development near subway lines, it is presenting the Lefferts Gardens community with an ultimatum: Accept new development in the name of affordable housing so that other parts of…