Weekly Snapshot

BY ANIKA JESI
July 9, 2010

weekly snapshot

Signing petitions for the Fix Muni Now campaign. [Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

Elbsernd Muni reform measure has money and signatures to spare: SF Supervisor Elsbernd proudly presents the nearly 75,000 signatures collected for Fix Muni Now, the SPUR/Elsbernd Muni reform campaign which has proved successful despite union and mayoral opposition.

The case for pay-as-you-drive car insurance: This idea for usage-based car insurance, charging a fee per miles traveled, could deter unnecessary driving and provide a financial incentive for drivers to use their cars less -- practical for pocketbooks and the environment.

Pop-up restaurants popping up all over: In an effort to avoid the financial risk of opening a restaurant and to minimize the subsequent waste of resources if it fails, temporary and sustainable eateries have begun "popping-up" around the globe.

Inventive possibilities for urban farming: A Philadelphia-based organization wants to turn the unused roofs of Philly homes into vibrant mini-farms that would supply the neighborhood with fresh and local produce.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Retrofitting Suburbia: How do we make our existing suburbias meet the needs of a new generation of residents who prefer green housing and urban dwelling to a two-car garage and suburban sprawl?