Saturday, January 13, 2007

You mean taking away parking is good????

Yes -- parking induces driving.

First, we take away parking spaces ...

Tom Radulovich, of Livable City, explains 2006 legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that eliminates the requirement to include parking spaces in new developments in downtown San Francisco.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Welcome to Car-Free Talk

January 6, 2007

This is the companion blog to a public access tv show, Car-Free Talk, which appears occasionally on San Francisco's Channel 29.

This blog and the tv show are about the creation of "green" communities. Global climate change and the inevitable decline in energy supplies drive the creation of green (or "greener") communities. Green communities are dense, and hospitable to pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation. Green communities invest in public parks, community gardens, and affordable housing.

But the creation of green communities does not mean the destruction of existing neighborhoods of single-family homes on the West Side of San Francisco (only developers, who would stand to profit handsomely, support razing existing blocks of homes and replacing them with condominium high rises). But it does mean that proponents support increasing density along transit corridors where there is space -- for example, above the single-story businesses on Geary Boulevard. And it does mean that many of us support the legalization of "in-law" units (garages turned into apartments).

Please participate in this blog and let us know what you think.