Monthly Archives: June 2010

Model City Planning: Myth & Reality

Sacramento has been influenced by the myth of urban planning promoted by the leaders of Portland, Oregon—large-scale urban density, mass-transit replacing cars, leading to livable, affordable, and diverse communities; but the reality is different, as this article from New Geography … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Environmentalism, Politics, Transportation

Rancho Cordova Named All America City

Congratulations for a very well-deserved national designation, as reported by the Rancho Cordova Post. An excerpt. “The city of Rancho Cordova has joined the prestigious ranks of more than 500 communities from around the country to be selected as an … Continue reading

Posted in Rancho Cordova

Municipal Debt

As our local governments struggle with debt, this timely article in the Wall Street Journal bears a close read. An excerpt. “New Jersey officials recently celebrated the selection of the new stadium in the Meadowlands sports complex as the site … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Politics

Interactive Parkway Map

The Sacramento Bee has published this very nice interactive map full of good stuff, and today will be a great day to get out there. Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Posted in Holiday

Cleaner Air in the Valley

As reported by the Fresno Bee. An excerpt. “The Valley is on course to achieve the federal ozone standard by 2022 — two years ahead of schedule if improvements continue as they have in the past decade, air officials said … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism

Outsourcing Municipal Services

As we watch Sacramento County and the city of Sacramento struggle to deal with huge deficits calling for severe reductions in service to local residents, the model of deep outsourcing being used by the five-year old city of Sandy Springs, … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Nonprofit Management, Politics

Railyards Setback?

It is too early to tell yet, but the story from the Sacramento Bee does find some light. An excerpt. “The future of the long-dormant downtown Sacramento railyard took a dramatic turn Tuesday. The question: Is it a turn for … Continue reading

Posted in Railyards, River Development