From picking-up trash and removing weeds in the street to taking-down unauthorized signs and mowing the lawns of foreclosed houses, what do you do to take responsibility for the neighborhood and the city and not just for your own private property? Diffusion of responsibility is a big problem since many people assume that someone else will take care of these issues when what is needed are Neighborhood Heroes who take ...more »
Ideas for the Neighborhood
The City of San Bernardino prohibits panhandling but does not yet have in place any prohibition of direct giving to panhandlers. I propose that the City prohibit direct giving to panhandlers and that the City, instead, collect donations for poverty-related programs and services or for private charities that help the indigent. For example, simple signs at freeway exits and in other heavily-trafficked places might ask ...more »
At the October 2011 Community Builders meeting, noise pollution from excessive dog barking was raised as a concern. Training for dogs, and their owners, should be promoted in order to keep the animals under control and to prevent them from being so unmanageable that they are, in turn, abandoned or sent to the pound.
This training may even be made a condition of obtaining a dog license.
Across the country and around the world, parts of freeways that travel in urban areas and near places where people live are being converted to boulevards that have slower and quieter traffic and that support local businesses while improving the walkability and the more human scale of neighborhoods. The current thinking among many planners is that expressways are appropriate for more natural and rural areas but that these ...more »
Slowing automobile traffic by homes makes neighborhoods friendlier to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as to users of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. Doing so also reduces noise pollution and increases property values. One of the easiest ways to slow traffic is to add on-street parking, especially the angled kind. The streets around the Rowe Library offer an excellent opportunity to add a little paint and to create ...more »
As E Street becomes Kendall Drive, the "S"-curve over Shandin Hills is surrounded by underutilized land that is mostly government-owned and that could be made into an interesting park with naturalistic water features that make use of the terrain. This park, along with its trails, staircases, and/or ramps, would also enhance pedestrian and cyclist connectivity across the hill. And, views up E Street could terminate in ...more »
The Arrowhead Springs Specific Plan ( http://www.ci.san-bernardino.ca.us/pdf/DevSvcs/Arrowhead%20Springs%20SP%2011-05.pdf ), which was adopted by the City of San Bernardino a few years ago, describes several new and reactivated uses for the 1,900 acres of the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel, Spa, and Bungalows property. The Plan, though, does not reach beyond the boundaries of that real estate, which is owned by Campus ...more »
In other cities, including Los Angeles, street-sweeping in a neighborhood is done on two separate days. One side of the street is done first, and the other is done second in order to give people a chance to move cars to one side of the street or the other so that street sweepers can reach the curbs where most trash and debris collects. San Bernardino could easily modify its own street-sweeping schedules, and I propose ...more »
Television antennae are now obsolete, so all they do is create visual pollution.
Similarly, many pay phones have been removed as mobile phones have gained popularity; unfortunately, though, the telephone companies have, in most cases, left the podia that once housed the devices standing.
To enhance pedestrian connectivity with the sbX station and the mixed-use areas, Ponte Vecchio-style bridges supporting retail buildings constructed atop the 210 freeway right-of-way may be in order. Columbus, Ohio pursued a similar strategy, which is in evidence here: http://maps.google.com/?ll=39.973792,-83.002863&spn=0.0049,0.010986&t=k&z=17&layer=c&cbll=39.973792,-83.002863&panoid=NUi-wMAChAVtEp42gzhP7A&cbp=12,357.18,,0,4.66 ...more »
The City of San Bernardino along with other local jurisdictions should impose targeted taxes on the sale of products that create negative externalities to third parties who are not involved in the decision-making process between a producer and a consumer when they make a transaction. In the case of spray paint that is able to permanently deface property, the revenue from these taxes can go to help pay for graffiti removal. ...more »
Convenience stores and similar establishments that offer items whose sale to minors is restricted should be prohibited from advertising these things (lottery, cigarettes, liquor, etc.) in a way that is visible to public rights-of-way. So should off-site advertisers be disallowed from doing the same through billboards, etc.