Mid-Week Links: Divide and Conquer
November 2, 2011 2 Comments
We intuit it, but we don’t always realize it: a busy street is a pedestrian-dead street. That’s why you never walk down lower Miller Avenue, or Third Street, or, if you can avoid it, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
- A Marin City woman is facing eviction from her public housing for hosting her dying mother without prior approval.
- Food Truck Crush might be a permanent after-work fixture at the Larkspur Ferry.
- The split-lot fee saga continues, which County Supervisors continue to adjudicate on a case-by-case basis.
- Golden Gate Bridge workers are engaged in a rather heated renegotiation of their contract with the District.
- If SMART is repealed, the sales tax that funds the project will remain in place until all outstanding contracts and bonds are paid off. Dick Spotswood doesn’t think this is such a great deal.
- SMART supporters are reviving to fight the repeal effort.
- There’s a fight afoot to prevent the San Rafael Airport from also hosting a recreation center.
- Plans to expand Ross Valley’s White Hill Middle School have been approved.
- Redhill Shopping Center merchants are taking it in the gut as the beloved San Anselmo strip mall undergoes renovation and beautification.
- Larkspur’s low-density infill development at Niven Nursery near the city’s downtown is proceeding apace.
- Mill Valley loses a hardware store and a bit of its past.
- The Hanna Ranch sprawl project is set to go before the Novato City Council without affordable housing. At least it has that going for it.
- Novato approved the design of its new city offices, with some caveats.
The Greater Marin
- Local transit agencies are urged to work together more closely ahead of an MTC-led push for a transit gas tax.
- If you commute by bus to the City, no doubt you know that the Transbay Terminal is gone. What you may not know is that in its place will be a 61-story tower atop the new transit center along with a number of other fine projects. Have some opinions? Stop by San Francisco City Hall at 5:30 Thursday evening.
- Highway 101 widening around Rohnert Park will be completed this month, part of a $172 million widening scheme along the thoroughfare’s Sonoma reaches.
- Looks like California High-Speed Rail will cost a helluva lot more than planned. Atlantic Cities waxes sanguine on the subject, and Alon Levy looks at the cause of the cost overruns: cantankerous
residentsofficials at either end of the line.
- Why do Congressional Republicans hate bikes?