Author Archives: Adina Levin

SAP Arena seeks to double parking in Diridon Station Area

In its comment on the Diridon Station Environmental Impact Report,  the SAP Arena urges the City of San Jose to nearly double the amount of parking in the plan area, compared to the amount proposed in the plan. SAP predicts … Continue reading

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Sunnyvale speaker predicts the decline of the office park

The Sunnyvale of today was designed for the industrial era, with factories located far from homes, retail malls built for freeway access and free parking, and cheap gas to drive from home to work to stores. All of these things … Continue reading

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Proposed 8-story apartment building in downtown San Mateo – can the city use its new tools to limit traffic?

On Tuesday the San Mateo Planning Commission held a study session about a proposed apartment building at 5th and El Camino downtown, on a site currently used as a surface parking lot. The developer is proposing ~117 units in an … Continue reading

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Lawrence Expressway at Lawrence Station – help needed for a neighborhood-friendly, transit-friendly plan

Update: Here are the latest designs from Santa Clara County which were presented very briefly to Sunnyvale Planning Commission on Monday February 24. The material will presented in more depth, with more opportunity for questions an input, at the upcoming meeting on … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Council considering the kickoff of a major vehicle trip reduction initiative

Update: Palo Alto City Council approved the initiative to move forward with a Transportation Management Association. This represents a sea change in how the city manages transportation. 18 months ago, the most common perspective in public discussions was that the … Continue reading

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Millbrae reviews development near Caltrain/BART station – can it be walkable?

The City of Millbrae is starting the process to review new developments for the area near the Caltrain/BART station. Update: there are two opportunities to start to get involved in March – read on for details.  Another Update: Jim Frank … Continue reading

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Redwood City promotes carfree transportation for downtown – doesn’t yet have goals

As downtown Redwood City quickly fills in with new offices and housing, the City is promoting a set of transportation alternatives to help people get around without a car. The Connect Redwood City program launched in September 2013, funded by a $1.5 … Continue reading

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San Mateo Downtown Parking update takes shape

On Monday, San Mateo City Council held another study session on changes to downtown parking (staff report here).  San Mateo has a very lively downtown with thriving restaurant scene and move theater.   Topics being considered include increasing meter prices, … Continue reading

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Supporters find gaps in the Diridon Station Area Plan

On Thursday January 30, a couple of dozen people came to SPUR offices in downtown San Jose for a workshop organized by Greenbelt Alliance on how to comment on the Diridon Station Area Plan’s Environmental Impact Report.  People attended from … Continue reading

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Caltrans pioneers friendlier new street designs for El Camino

If you talk to experienced community members, elected officials and staff about opportunities for pedestrian safety improvements along El Camino Real (or other roads and highways managed by California’s department of transportation), you are likely to hear a resigned sigh. … Continue reading

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