Front porches, balconies, and forecourts, as well as dining terraces and similar outdoor rooms that front public streets, not only allow homeowners to make better use of front and side yards. These spaces also promote a safer and more neighborly community by enhancing visibility and by increasing the opportunities for people to casually interact with each other.
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.
Increasing fines and other penalties for unlawful behavior that affects quality of life creates a multitude of benefits, and this revenue can help pay for improvements to enforcement of the law.
Community service should also be required in addition to these fines and other penalties.
The law can be used to require improvements, such as those that enhance public health and safety.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (C.P.T.E.D.) strategies, for example, can assist with public safety while reducing City costs and service calls.
Route 7, in particular, is problematic.
Current codes prohibit a certain percentage of windows from being covered. But, more must be done to reduce visual pollution and to improve visibility to and from the street. Passive and active surveillance by the general public and by law enforcement is in everyone's best interests since it effectively prevents crime by modifying the design of the built environment.
Lights with visible cords that are applied to buildings are sometimes left there year-round, instead of being displayed only seasonally. The Municipal Code should be modified to prohibit the practice in order to help minimize visual pollution.
Establishing a private corporation or limited-liability company would help create the critical mass of initial investors needed to enhance the economics of the neighborhood in order to catalyze additional investment and to promote increasing property values. Such an enterprise could buy real-estate properties (commercial; single-family residential; multi-family residential; mixed-use; etc.) as they come onto the market ...more »
In order to fix some of the problems associated with the 210 and with other freeways, lowering the design speeds would help.
A cost-effective way to improve traffic calming and to reduce sign pollution is to allow on-street parking where it is currently prohibited. Doing so also increases parking availability in order to allow property owners to build on their underutilized parking lots, which are most responsible for making a city unattractive and unwalkable.
Throughout the region, concentrations of poverty are responsible for limiting socioeconomic mobility and for increasing crime rates.