Tualatin 2040. New comprehensive city planning project, focusing on housing and economic opportunity. Apply by February 11th to join the committee or participate on stakeholder interviews.
“Growing Tualatin” housing presentation for Tualatin BAC. Michael Andersen, now of the Sightline Institute, gave a great presentation to the Business Advocacy Council contextualizing our local housing shortages with the economic trends of Washington County, and then identifying the solutions other cities are already applying. Watch the video or, easier still, read the transcript I painstakingly edited this morning.
Open source is one of the most powerful, and underappreciated, ideas of our generation. Modern open source is about building and collaborating in public, not about the license. Most importantly, open source isn't conceptually limited to software development; it's most prevalent here because we have the correct tooling.
The other day, I was reading Tualatin City Council's work session materials for January 22nd (PDF warning). It's actually pretty interesting. Tualatin is considering a "Local Congestion Relief and Neighborhood Safety" bond measure, and the packet provides much of the background. But it's a PDF packet and I was only reading it because someone emailed it to me.
Which brings me to the three realizations I had:
- Open source is Good™ because it increases collaboration. Increased collaboration means increased value creation. Ergo, civic engagement (and pretty much everything) would benefit from open source methodologies.
- City data is really hard to come by. It needs to be manually collected and it's often out of date as soon as it's collected. Nowadays, any effort put into collection should result in a real-time, persistent data stream.
- Cities should be learning from one another. Meaning, Tualatin must have a data profile similar to dozens of other cities in the US. If city A tries experiment B and it works, then we should use that knowledge as the basis of our evolution, infrastructure investments and otherwise.
Specific to the congestion problem at hand, I also thought it would be pretty cool if someone created an open source traffic modeling system. Lo — OpenTraffic already exists! And here's some project that calculates traffic speed from cell phone video.
Hazelbrook Middle School part of Tualatin's 'STEAM pipeline'. Look at me, doing something that's not on the computer. Oh wait, I'm on the computer.
Ran with my momma and sang happy birthday to her over the PA at the start.
Growing up, I always rode the cheap bike from Costco. I didn’t know what it was like to actually enjoy biking until I ended up with a Trek 7.3 for my birthday last summer.
SRCCON is pretty much my favorite conference of all time. The first year was in Philly, and the second year was in Minneapolis. This year, SRCCON ended up in Portland, on my birthday to boot, which meant I could do the unthinkable: attend SRCCON by bike.
As it turns out, there’s a great bike path for all but a quarter mile or so of the ride.
Tualatin to Portland
From Tualatin Community Park, ride through Cook Park and then along Hall Blvd. You’ll go past the Tigard Public Library, over 217, and then eventually end up on Oleson Rd. There’s a short jaunt on Garden Home, then you end up on Multnomah Blvd for quite a while. The one sketchy part of the route there is where Multnomah turns into Terwilliger, and you have to bike on the odd combo off/on-ramp. From Terwilliger, you turn right onto Barbur for a short while, then drop down to the waterfront near Willamette Sailing Club. It took me about an hour to get to this point. The waterfront then connects you to whatever part of downtown you want to go to.
Portland to Tualatin
Surprisingly, Google Maps doesn’t just reverse the route for the ride home. Coming from the Pearl, I ended up taking Broadway to Terwilliger, where I rode in the shade for quite a while. After Terwilliger, you take Capitol Hwy to Multnomah Blvd again, then reverse tracks home.
Awesome way to spend the day!
I now live in the library ghetto. This means that, because of where I live within the City of Tualatin, I can reserve or check out books only from the Tualatin Public Library, and not any of the 13 other libraries that are a part of Washington County Cooperative Library Services. Thankfully, my local newspaper is all over it. Oh wait, they only publish once a week on the same day that the letter came out.
Later: I’ve started generating a list of questions I think it would be useful to have answered. Weigh in with your own by using the tip form.
Andrew Spittle has a post up on ideas for expanding Spot.Us. The skinny is to give the funding community more power over who is reporting on what stories. In addition to allowing them to choose which stories are funded, they’d also have some amount of influence on who reports on which stories.
Let’s take this one step further. In addition to allowing the community to pitch assignments, they should obviously be able to use a currency to vote on which reporting projects actually move forward. It doesn’t need to be an “official” currency, however; the money that the community uses to green-light journalism assignments could be the same that they use for economic transactions within the local geo-space.
In the last few days, this Bachhuber family has received not one, but two new additions: Mia Hamm and David Beckham:
As my sister gets ready to go off to college, my mom thought it would be best to make sure the house stays lively. We visited the local animal rescue shelter, and Maggie picked out her favorite: Mia.
Madeline, envious of Maggie’s new friend, decided she wanted to get one too: David.
Lively it’s been, too, as these two dynamos never stop. Personally, I’ve never thought myself much of an animal person, but the two new kittens are growing on me.
Somedays you just have to take a break from the work to capture the beautiful things around you.