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On-Ramp, A Blog By Tom Fudge

Is A Carpool Lane Just Money Down The Drain?

July 19, 2011
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Carpool lanes may be getting a fair amount of use, but the percentage of commuters who use them has gone down dramatically.

‘Carmageddon’ Didn’t Happen

July 19, 2011
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The weekend closure of I-405 in Los Angeles fell way short of the hype. That's caused people to wonder what's the point of adding any lanes to it.

Biking Naked

July 18, 2011
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Bikers are known to take over the streets and get "naked." But when will they be so common that we see them but don't think about them?

A New Wrinkle In Mass Transit… But Fares Are Pricey

July 18, 2011
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Private companies are taking over near-earth space transport as NASA gets out of the Shuttle business. And New Mexico is building them an airport.

Market Forces And San Francisco Parking

July 14, 2011
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Smart street sensors and parking meters are part of a plan to make parking in San Francisco more available and easier to find.

Down With Planning

July 14, 2011
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The San Diego Planning Department has disappeared into the city bureaucracy. Now it's unclear how we'll decide what the city should become.

The Plaza Is Back In Play

July 14, 2011
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Next week the San Diego City Council will take hold of a boiling pot when they decide whether to endorse a plan to make Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama a pedestrian-only zone.

San Diego May Move $800 Million From Freeways To Transit

July 13, 2011
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Caltrans has downgraded plans to expand Interstate 5 in San Diego, and that may upgrade plans for transit and smart growth.

SoCal Home Prices Head Up In June

July 12, 2011
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The housing market in Southern California saw an uptick in June. But while sales and prices improved over the previous month, they were well below the previous year.

More Talk About Reforming Prop 13

July 12, 2011

The housing crisis may present a good opportunity to reform Prop 13. Also, LA braces for Carmageddon.

San Diego Will Pay The Price To Keep Its Redevelopment Program

July 11, 2011
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San Diego city leaders say they will continue their redevelopment programs, even though a new law requires 40 percent of the city's redevelopment funds be paid to the state.

San Diegans Need More Trees In The City

July 11, 2011
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An urban forest provides shade. It cools the environment and reduces electricity bills in the summer. But the San Diego urban forest leaves a lot to be desired.

Drive A Car. Plant A Tree.

July 7, 2011
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The San Diego Urban Tree Club is trying to fight global warming and make our fair city a little more shady.

Lobbying For High Mileage Cars

July 5, 2011
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The Obama administration is seeking a CAFE standard of 56.2 MPG for cars coming out in 2025. That could require 50 percent of all American-made cars to be either hybrid or electric.

Pent Up Demand and Penned In Families

June 24, 2011

Lack of home financing means households will get bigger... for a while.