Over the past month, I’ve been working hard on my historic railroad mapping project, which is doing well over on Kickstarter. For sale are also 12×12 to 24×24 prints of the Northwestern Interurban map. If there’s enough demand, when the store opens up in May I’ll also include prints of the Highway 101 Strip Map and, if the project ever finishes, the North Bay Bus Map.

That’s not all I’ve been up to. I married a beautiful linguist, been accepted to graduate school, scrambled to find the money to fund said graduate school, and become involved to some degree in developing world urban policies. (Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo is an especially fascinating story.)

Of course, this has used up a great deal of time, and so I haven’t been able to update this blog as much as I ought to have. There is no shortage of issues to discuss, from the gorgeous new renderings of Whistlestop’s development proposal to Sausalito’s battle with transit, ferries, and tourists.

On top of all that, there is research out about the multiplier effects of transit-oriented design that I’ve been sitting on since February, a proposal for an on-street bike path from San Rafael to The Hub I’ve been sitting on since last year, and more. There’s so much to cover and so little time.

Marin County is fascinating not simply because of its place as my family home but also because its challenges are the challenges of suburbs around the country writ small. We avoided many of the problems plaguing many of America’s new suburbs but are reticent to tackle our own.

Next month, The Greater Marin will reopen on a new site,, advertisement-free and integrated with a store to purchase prints of the various mapping projects (the good ones) I’ve done over the years.

TGM has been on an unplanned hiatus, but I’m not going anywhere.

About David Edmondson
A native Marinite working in Washington, DC, I am fascinated by how one might apply smart-growth and urbanist thinking to the low-density towns of my home.

8 Responses to Ch-ch-ch-changes

  1. dw says:

    Congratulations on your personal and professional achievements, David. It’s nice to observe success.

  2. Stephen Nestel says:

    Look forward to your new website. Congratulations on your marriage and acceptance to grad school. Though I’d wish you study a more useful subject :). I know that your intelligence and integrity will be welcome there.

    All the best. Stephen

    • Thank you! Actually, one of my main academic goals will be figuring out how to simplify and implement effective property law in developing countries. Nothing can happen without that.

      • Stephen Nestel says:

        Thank God you’ll be doing it in another country:) I seriously think you should take coursework in economics/business. Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty and resulted in a cleaner environment more than any central planned economies. This is not theoretical. It is well documented. I never understand why city planners think they are wizards of economics. It is an entirely different discipline. Good planning acknowledges the role of good economics and free markets. We are not so different in our goals. I too want “walkable, bikable, livable” places. I just see it through different means.

  3. Franz Listen says:


    Good to hear that you’re not going anywhere.

    And you should read Hernando de Soto if you haven’t already. (The Mystery of Capital)

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