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What Happens Next?

foggy golden gate bridge

A friend reccomended this article, https://popularresistance.org/coronavirus-scientific-realities-vs-economic-fallacies/. Ignoring the Communist bias of the site, the article is overall a great review and summary of where we're at today. It keeps making me think about what happens next. I'm not going to predict anything. Time is relative and we're creating history every minute that passes. In December 2019, I was in Malaysia and Singapore. The thought never crossed my mind that I might not be able to travel anywhere…

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Riding These Days

The View from Hawk Hill

Riding through the city these past few weeks is amazing. It's so nice to ride without cars, cyclist ruling the streets, pedestrians everywhere enjoying the clean, sping air. I've said this before, but I can't get over it. I don't want to get over it. Can we change some things forever? Commentary: Let Bikes on the Bay Bridge Contest Needs You to Create Better Bike Lane Barriers Can we prioritize healthier, more eco-friendly forms of…

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Reflections on Shelter in Place

The view of the Richmond Bridge was exceptionally clear today. The picture is shot from a park up the hill. The link below has a map of the line of sight of this shot. https://photos.lewman.com/clean-air-in-sf-bay.html The clarity and setup helped congeal a few thoughts. The lack of airplanes overhead. The lack of traffic. The silence of the cable cars. How clear is the sky without airplane contrails. How empty the streets without all the cars.

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Positive side of COVID-19? More bikes.

Bicycle ridership is up, at least in New York City, https://grist.org/climate/coronavirus-has-caused-a-bicycling-boom-in-new-york-city/ In San Francisco, the rise in ridership was up after Better Market Street was implemented, https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/03/car-free-market-street-data-san-francisco-bus-bike-scooters/607711/ Vehicle traffic is down, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/03/13/coronavirus-pandemic-cratering-road-traffic-these-us-cities/5041250002/ I suspect both trends will continue so long as we're in a state of emergency over COVID-19. On a personal note, it's very nice to ride around the city now as there are more bikes, but more noticeably, less auto traffic. #bicycle #eco…

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Planning for the future of San Francisco

In regards to my continued re-imagining of San Francisco, the Planning Department's report on Housing Affordability Strategies is available. A decent overview of the report is at https://sf.curbed.com/2020/3/9/21171492/housing-affordability-strategies-san-francisco-targets-planning-report. Who knew my interest in urban planning started ages ago with SimCity.

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Singapore & San Francisco

On a flight to San Francisco from Singapore, curiosity started me wondering about the comparison and contrasts of the two cities. Granted, Singapore is also a nation-state, but I'll focus on the city aspect of it. San Francisco is around 121 km^2. Singapore is 712 km^2. They both exist on a peninsula. Vastly different societies and philosophies. The population of Singapore is around 5 million. San Francisco's population is roughly 850,000. The annual turnover of…

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An Empty Bay

Due to the high winds blowing across California, San Francisco Bay has been nearly empty today. The LEGACY was the only sailboat braving the bay today. For comparison, here's roughly the same shot of the bay on a normal day: The full State of CA emergency proclamation is 2019-17-Fire-weather-conditions-State-of-Emergency-Signed-10.27.19.

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