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Eagle Park
Wire April 18, 2014 at 10:40 am
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in hisRead More bed for an hour each afternoon to receive his daily medical treatment. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, and where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by the description of activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a beautiful lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers held hands and walked amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man described his view from the window in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing through the park. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see the parade in his mind's eye, as the gentleman by the window developed a detailed picture with his descriptive words. One morning, the nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. To his surprise the window faced a brick wall. The man called for the nurse and asked what could have compelled his deceased roommate to describe such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you." The moral of the story is there is tremendous joy in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money cannot buy. Today is a gift, that is why it is called the present. Author unknown...
Wire April 18, 2014 at 09:21 pm
Dave, today's youth, unless they are into urbanism. *****http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryPqOl0izAURead More *****Texting Driver Who Slammed Cyclist: I, Like, 'Just Don't Care' see the Iphone, note pad has taken over the you here in the USA. No one want to play any longer. four year olds can't put down their electronic.
Wire April 18, 2014 at 09:49 pm
Dave, to finish off that story from up above, a nameless city had a park in it's center that wasn'tRead More being used for the working office people that surrounded that park within those skyscrapers. Possible thousands of people that didn't use that park. Just a few people came out of all those building and rooms ate lunch in this unused park. Someone like a park superintendent came over to talk to this guy using that park at lunch time. He told him that the city was thinking about building another skyscraper and doing away with the city park that people weren't using. The city could be making more money having a new fifty story build in it's place. The guy eating his lunch said look up! Look at all those windows, thousands of windows surrounding this park. Just maybe they would love to come out and enjoy this park. Just maybe those thousand people you don't see are enjoying this park by looking at it through their windows.**** Now my daughter in-law is an engineer I believe working on the seventh floor she is lucky she got a window to look out to see the beautiful mountains range all day long as she is pressured because of a deadlines. See one can relax and enjoy a bit just looking out. She can see the beautiful sunsets during the Fall. After 4 pm.
Building in downtown Woodland
Wire April 14, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Dave, Urbanism, a park, plastic making oil all in oneRead More video.***http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P3aUANOYOI
Softball game near New York City skyscrapers
Wire April 13, 2014 at 09:48 pm
Dave, A University of California graduate, report: Bay Bridge rusting in critical areas AssociatedRead More Press Posted: 04/13/2014 10:31:12 AM PDT2 Comments | Updated: about 11 hours ago SACRAMENTO -- Some cable sections and rods on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are rusting. The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that the findings have alarmed engineering experts who say the rust could have long-term implications for the new span. The $6.5 billion bridge has an unusual design: A single cable comprised of 137 steel strands loops over a tower and under the bridge. That cable is secured inside chambers designed to keep out water and marine air to prevent corrosion. The newspaper says rust has been found inside one of the chambers where the suspension cable is attached. Engineering experts tell the newspaper the corrosion is significant because it makes the rods and the cable strands vulnerable to cracking. Bridge spokesman Andrew Gordon says there is no concern about corrosion. ------ Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com It's a marvel looking bridge built by Urbanism graduates working for the State government. How sad, Wire been right all the time what a waste of MTA funds. Took 12 years to build the old one took under four years. Thanks for the rant!
Wire April 14, 2014 at 05:39 pm
Dave, nudity Goes Legal In Munich 'Urban Naked Zones' I like that.****Read More http://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2014/04/14/nudity-goes-legal-in-munich/
Laguna West streetscape
Wire April 15, 2014 at 03:49 pm
Dave, did you know I'm sure you do know: Developed Land- Despite all the hand wringing over sprawlRead More and urbanization, only 66 million acres are considered developed lands. This amounts to 3 percent of the land area in the U.S., yet this small land base is home to 75 percent of the population. In general, urban lands are nearly useless for biodiversity preservation. Furthermore, urbanized lands, once converted, usually do not shift to another use.***** The Truth About Land Use in the United States By George Wuerthner
Wire April 8, 2014 at 02:33 pm
Dave, where is this? Now would you rather live in an apartment and no dogs or town house no dogs? ToRead More me looks like a trailer park in Phoenix area, rent your land. Where is little Alden going to play? Glad no little Allen to destroy the planet with Green House gases. Over population RIGHT?
Wire April 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Dave, did you copy that photo that has copyrights?
Senior league playing on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown
Alyssa April 6, 2014 at 08:14 am
Spring and Baseball, what could be better! The Argus Courier did an article on Thrown By Love authorRead More Pamela Aares Heart of the Game Series. You can see it here: http://www.petaluma360.com/article/20140403/COMMUNITY/140409882/1374/COMMUNITY0301?Title=In-the-8216-Heart-of-the-Game-8217-
Wire April 6, 2014 at 01:42 pm
Take Amtrak to Reno for a Urban Aces game weekend before the snow melts.
Wire April 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Dave, Isotopes 4th of July and fireworks show, Sunday double header. If your going to drive aroundRead More maybe a stop in Roswell then Carlsbad Caverns on the way to Texas. Plus when in Albuquerque, you could stop at the House of the Unser's race car museum a real man sport living on the edge.
Downtown Carmichael
Wire April 4, 2014 at 11:16 am
Dave, Wires best places that is history in Sacramento, Fountain Square nursery on Greenback. TheyRead More had the best Christmas stuff. Now it's a police station.*** What ever happened to Ethan Allen furniture stores? With the destruction of the middle class they went belly up. Same thing happened to William Glenn store now where was that located or was that to high end for you? Heard they might open another store, but my guess URBAMISM is being force on the people as they destroy the middle class no extra money to spend.**** William Glen is back in Old Sacramento, at 116 K Street, Sacramento California. Here's a salute to the Christmas, wedding, gifts, and other seasonal decorative items, and kitchen store that this author walked to each year for nearly two decades to enjoy the exquisite decor and displays. If you check out the May 24, 2013 Sacramento Business Journal article by Kelly Johnson, "William Glen name returns," you can read all about how the siblings Mark Snyder and Amy Guthrie have re-claimed the name of the home goods and gift retailer that their dad co-founded and built into a Sacramento institution.
Wire April 4, 2014 at 11:21 am
Dave, I made a promise I would never go back to Old Sacramento as a visitor even with my love ofRead More trains. The cost of parking cost is way to high. Wanting no more cars, URBANISM.
Basketball at Leghorn Park
Wire March 27, 2014 at 09:09 am
Dave, never underestimate the stupidity of the American public if you repeat the lies enough timesRead More they will believe you Dave, isn't that correct? Here is your start of Urbanism and parks, people please read this report by a city Parks Supervisor by name? http://petaluma.patch.com/groups/dave-aldens-blog/p/connecting-urbanism-and-park. Look how friendly so called parks are just green grass One with concrete path for dog walkers.
Wire March 28, 2014 at 12:19 am
Dave, where did you find new nets for the basketball courts? Most cities can't afford stuff likeRead More that anymore.
Wire March 28, 2014 at 12:22 am
Dave, now was the first park story a forced made park by the city as a play area if they built homesRead More near by? Please explain. Who pays the up keep?
Building in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York
Wire March 24, 2014 at 11:06 pm
Don't you love it Dave? Now they won't say how much the new bike path for the new failed rusting bayRead More bridge will cost, URBANISM for biking and walking. Ever walk 5 miles without a bathroom stop trying to stay hydrated. $9.4M bike path to be razed after 7 months Bay Bridge ramp cost about $47,000 a day.
Alder Grove
Wire April 9, 2014 at 06:13 pm
Dave, urban core of the Bay Area, from San Francisco's Mission District to the farthest reaches ofRead More East Oakland, according to a sweeping report released Tuesday.******http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Gentrification-transforming-face-of-Oakland-5387273.php
Freedom Park Road
Wire March 22, 2014 at 04:33 pm
Dave, why is it they never chose the Southeast side of Sacramento, around Florin Road area lessRead More wealthy areas. Taxes or punish the upper middle class with this beauty. Are they installing water meters in the new housing finely?
Wire March 28, 2014 at 09:56 am
Dave, Freedom Tour, Officers fear gang war in South Sacramento! SAC/BEE STAY ON THE GOOD SAFE HOODS.Read More RIGHT
Wire March 28, 2014 at 02:32 pm
Dave, the weather Dry, windy conditions have some Texas Farmers talking Dust Bowl again. Lets seeRead More the Pacific ocean is in a La Niña mode. The results of La Niña are mostly the opposite of those of El Niño; for example, during the winter, La Niña would cause a wet period in the Midwestern U.S., while El Niño would typically cause a dry period in that area. La Niña often causes drought conditions in the western Pacific; flooding in northern South America; mild wet summers in northern North America, and drought in the southeastern United States.
Wire March 19, 2014 at 10:07 am
Dave, you call those parks? Your first photo is a better so called park than the very new one. YourRead More missing STUFF. Green grass does not make a park, trees and shade do help. It's a start. Now is there a place to picnic, BBQ, tables, "BATHROOMS" that is the most expensive thing for upkeep is a bathroom, , a place to pee and crap and wash hands. One would have to run home. Heee. Then swings, and slides. As not being a father things you miss. Turn them into a dog run parks then you get more action on the cheap. Graffiti is fun graffiti is neat I got the runs and I don't mean my feet. Build a real park they will come.
Wire March 20, 2014 at 12:11 am
Dave, where are those benches to sit on, those old tired bones. Sit on the grass?
Wire March 24, 2014 at 02:37 pm
Dave, remember more people more gang problems. Installing soccer nets, even a baseball diamondRead More would help, but todays kids want free WFI as everyone nose is into their netting. I think we are in a world of hurt with your new title. Want to see a park that is loved to death? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Gmf9mei8I
Wire March 17, 2014 at 08:30 pm
Dave, that pipe that let go was laid 1880's now is it New Yorks Fault of the natural gas companyRead More fault? Surprise you, didn't write about that SF fire of 5 alarms and they ran out of water pressure. They had to go to a back up water supply, needing infrastructure funding.
Wire March 30, 2014 at 09:21 pm
Dave, SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A newspaper investigation has found that San Francisco’sRead More emergency water system is not adequate for putting out multiple fires at once, a likely scenario after a major earthquake. Thought this was fixed in 1906 EARTH QUAKE Lesson about FIRE! Oh, that URBANISM stack and pack housing without the infrastructure. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/03/30/sf-emergency-water-system-lapses/ Recommend
Wire March 31, 2014 at 11:33 pm
Dave, URBANISM (failed SAN FRANCISCO) (AP) — San Francisco's emergency water system is notRead More adequate for putting out multiple fires at once during a major disaster like a strong earthquake, according to current and former fire officials. In the decades since fires caused by a 1906 earthquake devastated the city, voters have approved hundreds of millions of dollars in bond money for an elaborate emergency water system. But the city has failed to spend it properly in recent decades, fire officials told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/P6YR8A ). Where oh, where did the money go? Can't be the corruption of the Demo's could it? You ever google Jeff Speck house your Urbanite leader? He doesn't live in URBANISM stack and pack housing either but knows what good for us too.
Historic garage in downtown Pleasanton
Peter Parks March 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm
Richard- How will 244 NEW homes literally a few hundred feet down the same road effect the airRead More pollution and risks to children at the ballpark that the city is proposing to build literally across the street from? The 244 new homes will bring close to 500 new cars to that street and intersection. New cars that are not already in Petaluma. The gas station may increase traffic in the area, but it does not create new cars in town. On a side note, I have a real problem with the city being OK with building 244 new homes, then they send me a postcard in the mail today stating that we are in a sever water shortage. Guess the want to run Petaluma like Sac runs California. When you are short on money (water), spend (build new houses).
Max March 6, 2014 at 12:09 am
As I read this protracted essay on the subject of development in my community, as I read mr. AldenRead More wax on about, well...really nothing, as I read the below comments of people only concerned about their own isolated POV, I can't help but think how much of the big picture is being missed. Healy and the rest of his compadres on the council have had years to develop a comprehensive master plan for Petaluma, and to implement the policies and integrate it into the IZOs. They did not. It is a complete lack of leadership, that they should be held responsible for.
Max March 6, 2014 at 12:22 am
Btw Dave, since when do you west Siders give a darn about the junk the build on east side? PlanningRead More on the east side is a nightmare, has been for years. Just can't wait until the developers break the UGB and start building their brutalist junk in your neighborhood.
Downtown Winters
Wire February 28, 2014 at 10:38 pm
Dave, CNN Claims “Americans Want Security Over Freedom” is this your thought too?Read More Making you happy. Dependent on the mass transit and state police.
Wire March 3, 2014 at 10:47 am
Petaluma buys three old Santa Rosa city buses. Could have bought better buses that went to southernRead More Cal. Miss use of Federal funds, Santa Rosa bought to many government paid for buses with Urbanism funds.
Wire April 14, 2014 at 09:01 am
Dave, yes it can makes life more fun. Hookers are using the controversial Airbnb home-sharing WebRead More site to turn prime Manhattan apartments into temporary brothels, The Post has learned.*****http://nypost.com/2014/04/14/hookers-using-airbnb-to-use-apartments-for-sex-sessions/
New York City Hall
Wire March 1, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Dave please explain REPUBLIC vs. DEMOCRACY
Wire March 3, 2014 at 08:44 am
Dave, you must to busy to explain the difference. Your thinking about your Monday BLOG. This isRead More Wire's take, there was an election that was held and 66 percent of the voters say NO, the the poor losers don't like the out come by We the People, they sue in Federal Courts and what We the People voted on THE BALLOT is over turned by a CORRUPT judge and judges. Isn't that now Democracy REALLY works Dave? Isn't this how the We the People Get Over Turned? In a Republic the election couldn't get over turned only in a socialist state this could happen RIGHT Dave! Maybe you need to read Men in Black. Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America:
Wire March 4, 2014 at 02:44 pm
Dave, isn't Russia a Democracy? Why Russia Needs Liberal Democracy.
Wire February 26, 2014 at 10:51 am
Dave, regional Olympics may be a way to control the costs of the Olympics and to minimize the civicRead More disruptions. Where were the disruptions? SOUNDS LIKE JUST ANOTHER THEORY. Right? May be a way...
8th Avenue hotel room
Wire February 22, 2014 at 03:13 pm
Ever live by a rail road track Dave, Holy Cow! You do get used to it. No one got shot or heard anyRead More gun fire that night?
Play structure in Spokane, Washington
Wire February 22, 2014 at 03:06 pm
To bad you never get to see the old hood recycle, the old move forward and the youth move in. My 50Read More years can't count how many times the old hood changes the recycled suburbia. The last two to four years the youth has moved in again. This if you have one of the best schools in the hood. Urbanism not very kid friendly. You can change that can't you? Where do schools get put in Urbanism?
Site construction
Wire February 22, 2014 at 02:37 am
Quote! Author James Surowiecki, specifically looking at the $51 billion spent to turn Sochi into anRead More Olympic host city, argues that the reported financial misdoings were to be expected. He contends that, by its nature, construction is prone to fraud, bribery, and other illegal activities. He puts forth three reasons to support his thesis. First, major construction is often done by government. Second, the amounts of money spent are is often huge, making a bribe only a rounding error in the overall construction costs. Third, many major construction projects are unique, so cost guidelines and past construction cost histories are of limited value.**** Caltrans and the rusting away by the leaking salt water into the water proof Bay Bridge. Government of California.?**** Now the Bullet Train to the state prison, first stage bid goes to Sen. Diane Feinstine's husband .
Seattle skyline
Wire February 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Dave, after the Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday, fans inRead More Seattle jumped on cars, took over intersections, torched couches, and riot police had to be brought in to restore order. Pioneer Square was the one blight on the otherwise hiccup-free night of urban rioting, where Super Bowl partiers caused $25,000 in damages to the historic, 100-year-old pergola by breaking the glass on its ceiling. This morning, a GoFundMe.com campaign was launched to help Seattle Parks fix the damage, and in less than a day, Seattlites blew past the $15,000 goal, currently standing at $16,046.
Wire February 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm
The BIG experiment will be the new 49'ers stadium with a regulator game. Then the Super Bowl. NoRead More more pre game parties in the parking lot if you have a space at all. CAN'T WAIT! Plus they out priced the game for the middle class.
Wire February 14, 2014 at 10:56 am
Urbansiam BART rider with measles potentially exposed thousands for four days, don't you love beingRead More so friendly?
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