One of the great things about the urbanist community is that high-profile social issues will always elicit cogent and insightful comments from active urbanists. It’s partly that a cohort of good critical thinkers has become attached to urbanism and partly that urbanism is a good solution to many contemporary social ills.
To be clear, urbanism isn’t a panacea to every issue that might need improvement, but it’s one of a half-dozen building blocks that can make the world a better and more sustainable place in the 21st century.
So I’ll return to the Google bus issue and sample some of the best thinking that has bubbled up around it.
Of course, the North Bay doesn’t yet have its equivalent of the Google bus issue. Because of the historical happenstance of Silicon Valley continuing to burgeon while the North Bay’s equivalent, Telecom Valley, stagnated, the North Bay doesn’t yet have as much of the young demographic segment looking for an urban lifestyle.
But the North Bay is a good place to live that is eager to remain economically vital, so will soon attract the young and affluent who are roiling other areas of the Bay Area. The Google bus issue should be studied in the North Bay so we can be smarter when our time comes.