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Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Editor, Lorene Auger said on June 27, “since the village entrance has not yet been designed, this permanent supportive housing project could easily be incorporated into the village entrance model.” Our city could consider the city’s newly purchased Christmas tree lot as a site for the homeless shelter. This site is close to the center […]

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Misplaced Values

Misplaced Values

Editor, Kill a pigeon or a crab; go to jail. Eat a hamburger; you’re a heartless savage. Kill a cyclist and drive a mile with a caved in windshield before stopping; meh. Another day another fatality. Laguna Beach has garnered the “notorious distinction as the worst among 107 small cities” for pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. […]

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 Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Editor, How do we lower our crash rate for cars, pedestrians and bike riders? Or maybe more importantly, does our town have the political will to do so? We tend to think of our street system as if it’s chiseled in stone, handed down from outer space, as if it is a force of nature. […]

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Design’s Role in Curbing Pedestrian Fatalities

Design’s Role in Curbing Pedestrian Fatalities

Editor, Dangerous by Design is a national report on the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and what we can do to prevent these deaths. Dangerous by Design 2014 crunches the numbers on 10 years of pedestrian fatality data, looking at where these fatalities happen and who’s most at risk. In the decade 2003–2012, more than 47,000 […]

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Do We Want Safer Streets?

Do We Want Safer Streets?

Editor, I just read this article about the history of jay walking; why it is not safe to cross the street. In case you’re wondering why our town seems stuck or does not know how to make our road system safer, read this article: Joy Riders and Jay Walkers, by Peter Norton http://transalt.org/news/magazine/2014/Spring/14. This three […]

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Will Farmers Market Be Displaced?

Will Farmers Market Be Displaced?

Editor, If council person Elizabeth Pearson gets to build her high-rise car-lot and if you use and treasure our farmers market please consider contacting our city council about what their plans are for the farmers market. Michael Hoag, Laguna Beach    

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Council Ignores Trends in Urban Planning

Council Ignores Trends in Urban Planning

Editor, On Tuesday, June 11, our City Council voted to build a $40 or $50 million, plus interest, stacked auto park. The reason most stated is we must finely finish this project. Note, they did not say that this garage will relieve our perceived parking supply problem or relieve our auto congestion. When this structure […]

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 Beyond the Skateboarding Controversy

Beyond the Skateboarding Controversy

Editor, Since automobiles became widespread during the beginning of the 20th century, cities and their streets have been and are being re-purposed to adapt to the surge of motor vehicle use. Efforts are now underway to re-define the purpose of streets and to re-design streets over time in a way that will benefit all users. […]