Monthly Archives: February 2010

Local Government & Funding

As we watch the slow funding-death spiral of Sacramento County—one among many local governments suffering—the major funding source for the Parkway, it is instructive to examine how local governments in general have wound up in such a precarious position. This … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics

The Suburban Question

It is, why hasn’t more research been done on the suburbs, which are where most Americans live, happily, and this article from New Geography examines that. An excerpt. “We have recently assembled a special issue of the journal Cities with … Continue reading

Posted in demographics


As this article from Governing reports, one bright spot in the summing up of this decade just past is the new focus on infrastructure. An excerpt. “New York City’s High Line is aptly named, because it shoots down the west … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Transportation

First American Owner of the Parkway

William Leidesdorff, who the San Francisco Museum provides great information about, and whose 200th year birthday celebration is this year, was the owner of the 35,000 acre Mexican land grant described by Wikipedia, that inspired the naming of the American … Continue reading

Posted in History

Parks Blog

One of the most valuable formats for keeping the public—and your organization—up to date on what is happening with your parks management is the regular blog, and the conservancy we posted on yesterday, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, has an excellent … Continue reading

Posted in Nonprofit Management, Parks

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The national model of public/private partnerships to manage and fundraise for parks is the Central Park Conservancy, founded in 1980. This is the model format we hope to see eventually happen with the American River Parkway and you can read … Continue reading

Posted in JPA, Nonprofit Management, Parks

Parkway Editorial

The recent editorial about the Parkway in the Sacramento Bee was excellent, and calling for an arrangement that the Effie Yeaw Nature Center—threatened with closure—could enter into that might replicate the success of Fairytale Town is a great idea. The … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, JPA, Nonprofit Management