Thursday, January 5, 2017

Silicon Valley

Political Courage Required
The article, "Silicon Valley Needs Some New Highs..." is a quick and comedic assessment from a blogger's fly-over at 30,000 feet. Easy for both a the writer and reader to chuckle and perhaps agree with the requisite truths that activate the humor -- shallow participation where the tire hits the pavement. However, there are DEEP problems to be solved with DEEP opportunities to be realized.

Transportation + Housing + Jobs
These necessitates are linked in Silicon Valley. Not necessarily exclusively or in that order. For many people, the hierarchy is unclear among the issues of jobs, housing, and transportation. However, now it may be helpful to view and manage these issues as interdependent in the fruition of Silicon Valley's continued successes. To mention a paraphrased but perhaps applicable analogy: any of the three could also be the weakest link in the current chain that contributes to successes in Silicon Valley.

Plan Bay Area
(Excerpt) "Plan Bay Area is a state-mandated, integrated long-range transportation, land-use and housing plan that will support a growing economy, provide more housing and transportation choices and reduce transportation-related pollution in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area [including Silicon valley]...

By law (Senate Bill 375), all regions in California must complete a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as part of a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). SB 375 requires California’s 18 metro areas to integrate transportation, land-use and housing as part of an SCS to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light-duty trucks. In the Bay Area, this requires the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to adopt an SCS that meets greenhouse gas reduction targets adopted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB)...
Within the Bay Area, the law gives joint responsibility for Plan Bay Area to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)."
Source: Plan Bay Area 2040

California Housing Crisis
This writer is still looking for communities that are walkable with high density and high rise buildings in close proximity to high capacity transportation that facilitates high reduction of individual vehicular traffic.
On Topic: "Solving the housing crisis starts with soul-searching"


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