Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We will take the Christmas Season through the New Year off, so we’ll be posting again on Monday January 6, 2014. Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted in Holiday

Arena & Parkway

The recent news about the efforts to delay/stop the arena by asking the public to vote on it—which we have pretty much done already through our representatives on the city council—is an example of the type of very small-minded strategy … Continue reading

Posted in ARPPS, Environmentalism, Homelessness, River Development

State of the State

A recent story in the Sacramento Bee, “Californians hold improving view of state, but partisan gulf widens” notes the results of a survey showing Democrats happier with the state of California than Republicans and that is what would be expected … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Economy, Environmentalism, Government, History, Technology

Developing Downtown & the Arena

For the first time in a long time business and government are in synch in the proposed development in the long neglected downtown area as the result of the new owners of the Sacramento kings and their ambitious plans—backed with … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Economy, Politics

Skyscrapers & the Wealthy

Growing up not out is the referred mantra of the environmentalists but the downside may be very detrimental to everyone except the wealthy, as a recent article: “Does Inequality Promote Skyscrapers?” from Governing Magazine notes. An excerpt. Like tall, new, … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism

Bad Highways Lead to Bad Business

And it is a scenario that has held sway in California politics since our current governor, during his first incarnation, pretty much stopped new freeway construction; and now the situation is really bad, as this column from the Sacramento Bee reports. … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Environmentalism, History, Transportation

Suburban/Urban Office Markets

Both are doing well, as this post from New Geography notes—with many good graphs and Sacramento is mentioned as one of the Metro areas where suburban office space is filling fast. An excerpt. The restoration of central city living and … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Economy

Creating Tech Jobs

In this article from New Geography, Sacramento comes in at 27th out of 51. An excerpt. With the social media frenzy at a fever pitch, people may be excused for thinking that Silicon Valley is still the main engine for … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, Economy, Technology

Raising Money for Parks

Governing Magazine reports on a very cool way it is being done in Portland. An excerpt. Portlanders want a world-class off-road bicycling park. As it happens, there’s an ideal, unused 38-acre parcel of partially wooded land on the east side … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, Parks