There is scientific consensus on climate change. If we do not substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the next 10 years, our planet will suffer catastrophic consequences.
In San Diego, over 50% of GHG emissions come from transportation. We must reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This requires a mindset of transit-oriented development.
This means we must...
Build more housing in immediate vicinity to transit stations. Build more office space within walking distance of transit stations. Extend frequent and reliable transit to current job centers.
People must move efficiently between Live/Work/Play. Urban geometry doesn’t change in land constrained environments. Preferences for future workforce housing and transit policies are changing. We must adjust to new conditions and adapt to the 21st century.
To achieve these goals, we must...
We must make it easier to get to transit stations without a car. We must increase number of transit stations and make biking and walking to stations safe and easy. By solving the last mile problem, we can turn transit stations into true mobility hubs for changing modes, and reduce number of short car trips.
Once we reduce car-dependency for short trips, it allows us to...
American cities currently allocate ~50% of land to parking lots and roads. This is inefficient and irresponsible. Fundamentals of economics do not change. San Diego is land constrained. We must use land efficiently.
Better mass transit allows us to convert land for roads and parking to much more productive uses: Parks and Gardens, Public Squares for Civic Engagement, Creative Workspace, Housing... Pretty much anything else is better than cement for parking and roads.
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