Moving around suburbs costs more

November 4, 2009

An article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle titled S.F. transportation costs lower than in suburbs quotes a report being released by the Urban Land Institute with the all-encompassing title of “Bay Area Burden: Examining the costs and impacts of housing and transportation on Bay Area residents, their neighborhoods and the environment.”

Not that we didn’t know this already, but it says that “the average San Francisco household spends roughly $500 less on transportation each month than households in such suburban outposts as Antioch or Livermore.” All the talk about the inherent costs and problems associated with suburban life is great, but it’s the hard numbers that often drive the point home.

For families in more distant automobile-reliant suburbs, though, the monthly transportation costs spike. The estimate for Antioch is $1,311, for instance, while in Livermore it’s $1,281. Cities with little connection to transit also suffer – such as Pacifica, where a household’s monthly transportation is estimated to cost $1,246.

Read the whole article, it’s a good one to quote the next time someone tells you they live in the suburbs because it’s cheaper. Also check out the full report at Also, check out the recent article Investment in public transit creates U.S. jobs for new green economy in The Hill.


San Francisco Speaks

April 25, 2008

S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jared Blumenfeld speak. This is not classic Newsom. Take a look:

Aerial Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay

February 9, 2008

“Treasure Island is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to embrace sustainability — and sustainable in this context doesn’t just mean organic farming or solar and wind power,” said Michael Cohen, the mayor’s director of base re-use and development. “It also means residents don’t have to go back to San Francisco for everything — and that requires a critical mass of people” to support shops as well as alternative forms of transportation such as the ferries.”

 For those unfamiliar with Treasure Island in SF, here is an aerial fly-over we stumbled upon.

Gavin Newsom confirms

February 7, 2008

This just in… San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed on as a presenter during the Ecocity World Summit 2008.

San Francisco visionaries

February 6, 2008

In this interview with two Ecocity World Summit Presenters, we see a little of the strategic vision being set forth in San Francisco. Mayor Gavin Newsom and director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment Jared Blumenfeld talk about the changes they’ve made, such as reversing the pay scale for garbage hauling companies – paying them more for less garbage, thereby encouraging recycling.