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Atherton wants your input for a new bike plan

The town of Atherton, California (America’s most expensive ZIP code for 2013, where the cheapest home — a 1,194-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow on a 6,000-square-foot lot lists for $1.2 million), is creating a new Bicycle Plan, and they invite those who live there or travel through Atherton to give their input.

Atherton bike plan walk / bike tour

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Tonight in San Jose: Healthy Communities with Sadhu Johnston

San Jose’s infamous sprawl is the legacy of long time city manager Anthony “Dutch” Hamann. He and his planning department — known as “Dutch’s Panzer Division” — grew the city’s sales tax revenue through aggressive annexation during his control of city politics from 1950 to 1969. “They say San José is going to become another Los Angeles,” said the former oil executive in a 1965 interview. “Believe me, I’m going to do everything in my power to make that come true.”

More recently, city leaders are slowing making an about face on the sprawl policy in an effort to contain costs and improve the health of the city while working to improve the city’s economy and dealing with the challenges of governing a diverse, 180 square mile, car dependent municipality.

Deputy City Manager for Vancouver, BC Sadhu Johnston will speak tonight on how Vancouver and other cities have changed how they build and operate to become greener and healthier places to live at the Healthy Communities Forum at Roosevelt Community Center and Library – Classrooms 1 & 2, 901 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA. This forum takes place Thursday, October 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will explore how economic, social, and environmental issues intersect with the health of our cities.

Guide to Greening Cities - book cover

Johnston authored the recently published Guide to Greening Cities with Steven S. Nicholas, Julia Parzen, and Gloria Ohland. The Guide to Greening Cities is the first book written from the perspective of municipal leaders with successful, on-the-ground experience working to advance green city goals. Through personal reflections and interviews with leading municipal staff in cities from San Antonio to Minneapolis, the authors share lessons for cities to lead by example in their operations, create programs, implement high-priority initiatives, develop partnerships, measure progress, secure funding, and engage the community. Case studies and chapters highlight strategies for overcoming common challenges such as changes of leadership and fiscal austerity.

See the event page here for more information and to RSVP for this free event.

Ciclovia Salinas October 6 2013

The city of Salinas, California will close a 1.6 mile stretch of Alisal Street to traffic and open it up for people for their first open streets event on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

Ciclovia Salinas

View the entire event flyer here, or watch for updates on the Ciclovia Salinas Facebook page. Via Mari Lynch in Monterey County.

Santa Cruz 2nd Annual Open Streets takes place the following Sunday, October 13, 2013 on West Cliff Drive between Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges.