Re: "The Future of Palo Alto" on February 22, 2012
- I'm going to go out on a limb and predict my e-mail to the Planning Commission will have no impact:
From: Steve Raney
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 3:27 PM
Subject: Feb 22 special meeting: Future Palo Alto
Dear Planning Commission,
For discussion of Future Palo Alto, please consider this innovation-centric vision of substantial residential and social equity growth, coupled with substantial GHG reductions:
TITLE: Efficient Palo Alto of the Future.
ABSTRACT: A "story-format" roadmap is provided to reduce Palo Alto per-capita energy consumption by 50%. The roadmap provides an integrated vision combining: multimodal transit, ridesharing, demand management, land use, market forces, policy, technology, and paradigm re-thinking. Changing away from an auto-centered, petroleum-based lifestyle represents a lifestyle change, but not a sacrifice.
Web and GPS cell phones help create a "comprehensive new mobility" system to make green transportation seamless and hassle-free. "Paid smart parking" reduces solo commuting by 25%. "Low Miles residential communities" foster green culture, where residents help each other to reduce carbon dioxide. This green culture is created using the same powerful sociological marketing principles that drive consumer society. Housing preference policies (a la Stanford West) are used to select new residents who will travel less and use green transportation. Two-car families sell one car. As the real-estate gradually changes, asphalt-dominated superblocks are transformed into walkable, New Urbanist locales. Walking, biking, electric scooters, and Personal Rapid Transit enable more than 50% of trips (commute, errands, recreation, etc.) to be made without driving alone. Through this simple step-by-step plan, you'll save money, shed pounds, meet neighbors, hang out in more lively places, and pay lower taxes.
Full paper: http://www.cities21.org/TRB_Efficient_Edge_Cities_4.pdf
This peer-reviewed paper has been presented at Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference (Austin), Transportation Research Board Conference (DC), University of North Carolina Department of City and Regional Planning, Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference (Calgary), U.C. Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning, Palo Alto Kiwanis, TransitCamp Bay Area Bar Camp (Palo Alto), Pasadena Art Center College of Design, Advanced Mobility Research Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Seattle), U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.
--- In ALPA_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...> wrote:
> Planning & Transportation Commission presents:
> "The Future of Palo Alto" on February 22, 2012 6 pm, City Hall, see
> Can't make it? See attached invitation to see to whom you should mail your
> comments on the future of our city....
> Irvin Dawid
> 753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA 94301
> 650-283-6534 (cell)