Conference in San Jose

Posts will be light this week as the Antiplanner is helping the American Dream Coalition put on its annual Preserving the American Dream conference in San Jose this weekend.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, I hope you can come by the Wyndham Hotel and catch some of the conference. If not, read the Antiplanner’s recent report on San Jose — home of some of the least affordable housing and the worst-managed transit agency in the nation — and be glad you don’t have to live there.

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  1. James Anderson Merritt

    “If not, read the Antiplanner’s recent report on San Jose — home of some of the least affordable housing and the worst-managed transit agency in the nation — and be glad you don’t have to live there.”

    But I work there, and live just over the hill in planning-happy Santa Cruz CA. For the past couple of years, my company’s headquarters buildings and my own division’s have been adjacent to the Light Rail or Caltrain heavy commuter rail lines. At one point, I thought it might be cool to take light rail from my building to HQ to attend a company meeting. I determined that I would spend three times as much cash and take three times the time to make the trip by public transit, than if I took my car and spent 15 or 20 minutes once I got there, hunting for parking in the parking-challenged neighborhood. This was the case for someone whose point of origin and point of destination were practically light rail stops themselves. Imagine the additional time and trouble necessary for anyone who needed to go between points that weren’t so conveniently placed! Yet incredible pressure is being brought to bear, to cajole, shame, and force people into various public transit accommodations.

    This makes me crazy. People’s time is the very stuff of their lives. The planners seem to want to take it from them, and this makes the planning/public transit/congestion coalition no better than vampires, in my opinion.

    I don’t like my commute. I’d rather work nearer my home, or have some other CONVENIENT way to deal with it. But absent those options, I’m willing to put in the time and the miles to help bring my family a better way of life. I’ve found ways to get good things out of the commute (books on tape, podcasts, etc.), and I’m damned if I’m going to sit quietly while elites try to deny me the opportunities that commuting provides.

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