Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
The Greater Marin (TGM) is a Marin County-centric blog, the aim of which is to raise urban issues in Marin and beyond. Started by David Edmondson in 2011, the blog looks to fill the gap in urbanist thought that seems to exist in Marin County.
Why are you called The Greater Marin?
For two reasons. First, Marin County is pretty great, but it can certainly be greater: there is no reason it should be limited to the form it has. Amidst talk of “full build-out” in our towns, as well as our (justified) pride of place, we Marinites risk being blinded by our own success and resting on the laurels of the past. We can, and must, do better.
Second, this blog is not just about Marin but is about urbanism in other places, especially my current home of Washington, DC. It takes a somewhat liberal view of the term “Greater”, then, and assigns anything not a part of Marin as part of the Greater Marin County Area – influencing thought, commerce, and urban issues.
Marin County is great enough! How could it be greater?
Marin is too car-dependent, too polluting, to meet its residents’ desire for a carbon-neutral existence. Proposals for transit-oriented development in Fairfax and a streetcar in Mill Valley show a pent-up desire for urban amenities, but they need to be approached with a more critical eye than just copying what cities do. Making our buses work, using our land for something other than parking lots, building up our downtowns into vibrant, permanent hubs of activity, and being able to live without a car: these are ways Marin could be greater.
But your author lives in Washington – how could he address problems in Marin?
Exposure to other places and the ways they have become person-centric, rather than car-centric, gives the author a different perspective on the form of Marin than he would have had he never left. This blog is an outlet to explore how the solutions to problems beyond Marin might be applied to the problems Marin County proper: car dependency, inefficient transit, economic development, and walkability.
How can I get involved?
TGM is always looking for contributors, tips, and photos. Comment on our posts, tag photos in Flickr with “thegreatermarin” to add them to our photostream or email us tips and contributions. We retain the right to edit contributions and will be in touch regarding any edits beyond grammar and typos.