The Near Future Of Mobility

suburbia, travel, cars, walkability

Make a Headline- Make it Walkable


The SFO headline of 6/15/14  is optimistic:  “Renzo Piano drafts a model for walkable suburbs.” In  San Ramon, Contra Costa County (Ca.)  they have proclaimed a grand architectural vision. The architectural plans call for 70 retail spaces and a cineplex,  682,000 square feet of office space, and let’s not forget, 1,300 parking spaces! The parking spaces, per the architect, are “tucked within” one of the buildings (a.k.a, parking garage!).  There is also a plaza which is intended to be a multigenerational gathering place (a.k.a,  mall) A few blocks away, the architect has sketched plans for a  168 room  hotel and  488 residential units. That, one supposes, is the basis for the walkable city. But, in a city of 75,000 residents,  will 500 new downtown residences and 1,300 parking spaces truly “reinvent” suburbia or simply be another empty headline?