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Passing the Torch: Remembering David Wolf

Posted by Wes R on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Two men stand together, smiling proudly at the camera. One holds a spiral-bound book in front of his chest; the title is “Pasadena Passages ”.

Then-councilmember Terry Tornek (left) and David Wolf (right) show off a copy of David's Pasadena Passages booklet, c. 2014

David Robert Wolf (January 1, 1965 - December 21, 2019) was a lifelong Pasadenan, a visionary architect and urbanist, and a dear friend to many of us at Pasadena CSC. We grieve his loss, remember his life, and invite you to share in his vision of connection.

As we look to renewal in the first year of this decade, we also look to the past for guidance. Patterns of change tend to echo through time, and one of David’s gifts was the ability to see those patterns and make them visible to others.

David and his vision...

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Tags: Arroyo Link, David Wolf, My City, Pasadena Passages, PasCSC

Take Action: Tell Council to Keep VMT!

Posted by Blair Miller on Thursday, January 9, 2020

(aka Didn’t We Do This Already?)

A poster, featuring a person riding a bike, asking people to email their councilmembers by January 13 in support of VMT

The tl;dr for those who don’t nerd out over policy

In 2014, Pasadena became the first city in California to adopt progressive new metrics (known as “VMT”) for predicting the traffic impacts of new residential or commercial projects, and for determining what needs to be done to relieve those impacts. Shortly after Pasadena adopted the new pro-environment VMT metrics, the state of California followed Pasadena’s lead.

Bringing to mind the many EPA rollbacks we saw last year – now this progress is threatened. Next week, Pasadena’s City Council will review the City’s approval process for new developments. As part of the review, they appear to be considering a rollback to an outdated measure (known as...

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Renewal 2020

Posted by Boris Suchkov on Monday, December 30, 2019

“Changing course from car-based to people-based cities in this century will require leadership and decisive action.” - Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC Transportation Commissioner, 2007-2013)

An elementary school student at 2019's Walk to School Day carries a cardboard cut-out of a yellow school bus as he walks.

Photo: A Pasadena elementary school student holds a "Walking School Bus" as he leads a group at Walk to School Day, 2019.

2019 was a challenging year for Complete Streets in Pasadena. City Hall showed no reaction to a slew of car crashes around Pasadena, including the two that killed Michelle and Anthony. Common-sense, years-in-the-making transportation improvements like LA Metro’s NoHo-Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit line continued to get pushback from a small group looking to upend safer streets and climate change goals. With Governor Newsom vetoing the Caltrans Complete Streets bill, there are no new external...

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