Seeking contributors for recharter support

Cue the Raffi song: Five little sandpipers went out to play...
      Using the links column on the right side of this blog, plus emails to authors I have reviewed in this blog I have asked a number of people to support a rechartering project.

      I have received several positive responses. I am very grateful for the responses.

      After a day of regret that I have retitled my blog and sought to involve real thinkers and authorities in the field of public transportation and urban design I get to work now.

     This is a very emotional event for me. I have had a couple of intense dreams. This morning the dream was riding bicycles with my son in Baltimore. "Here we go, I say."  We ride our bikes down a quarter mile downhill stone staircase. Then we go to a cafe where an obnoxious waiter serves me a tepid cup of the most tasteless coffee I ever drank.

This blog was previously titled "Put carts on the public bus."

Time to get more aggressive on CO2 emissions reductions

The guy taking the picture, idling along burning 11 lbs. of gasoline every 22.7 miles.


"World Emissions of Carbon Dioxide Outpace Worst-Case Scenario"

So says the Slashdot news item.

Recharter the local public bus system with a larger mission: "To organize and promote transportation in the region in a manner that reduces CO2 emissions."

I think I need to start communicating with . What I need to do is get this transportation advocacy organization thinking about altering the charter and purpose of the local bus system provider.

Take a gimlet eyed look at the semi-rural suburban transit problems of places like El Granada and Half Moon Bay, California. Look at the interlock between the pressure to keep the existing job and pay the mortgage and the difficulty of switching to a shorter commute new job even though the pay is less.

Really now, here are 5,000 to 30,000 people that are not going to move to San Mateo, and surely not to San Francisco, and surely not to Sausalito to have the idyllic dense urban life described by Stewart Brand. 

See earlier book review of Mr. Brand's