Issue 511 March 2012

Six Ideas for Saving Bay Area Transit

Improving transit by changing financing, fares, speeds, metrics, territory and maps. Excerpted from the discussion paper A Better Future for Bay Area Transit
The cost of running transit is rising faster than improvements in service. Drawing on the findings of the MTC’s Transit Sustainability Project, this article offers some actionable ideas to help make transit better. Read More »

Two Transit Maps: The Current Reality and a Possible Future

One mapmaker's vision for a single integrated Bay Area transit map. Plus, what a comprehensive regional transit system might look like.
Mapmaker Brian Stokle has created two visions of the Bay Area’s transit systems exclusively for The Urbanist. One is a map representing all of the transit routes in the Bay Area to illustrate the potential for connectivity between existing systems. The second is a somewhat utopian vision of what Bay Area transit could look like in the future. Read More »

Urban Field Notes: A Spectacle of Ravens

Sometimes, architecture really is for the birds.
I began looking up into the sky one day while passing Yerba Buena Gardens and was amazed by a swarm of starlings shifting through the air. Since then, strolling down every San Francisco street feels like a nature walk, and every building looks like a potential home for all manner of creatures. I really got hooked when I stopped along my commute one day to watch a raven soar and then fly into its nest on a courthouse in downtown San Francisco. Over a couple of months, I watched the spectacle of four chicks hatching, leaving the nest and dispersing into the wild above the heads of my fellow city dwellers. I waited impatiently the next year, wondering where they’d gone and if they’d come back. They did, but only to be driven off by a small gang of crows, whereupon I noticed a different sort of spectacle: the argument... Read More »

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