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Hubs of Activity: Pilot Project to Boost Mobility Options

A traveler departs MacArthur Station. Credit: Office of BART District Architect Commuters going in and out of the MacArthur BART Station in Oakland’s Temescal District consider the hub convenient because it runs multiple lines and frequent service. But …

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Fair Housing, Fair Challenge

Photo by Karl Nielsen Few would disagree that the Bay Area needs housing, as residents reckon with homelessness or leave the region for more affordable outlying areas. Where to put that housing, on the other hand, seems to be the million-dollar questio …

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Just Go: The Role of Restrooms in Park Equity

A new vault toilet installed at Black Diamond Mines park. Credit: EBRPD “Restrooms are critical infrastructure,” says Jim O’Connor, assistant general manager of operations at East Bay Regional Park District. A hiker, a mom with kids, a mountain biker r …

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Breathing Room

Photo by CDC on Unsplash Summer and fall often bring poor air quality—and Spare the Air Days—adding to the problems of Bay Area residents already struggling with respiratory illnesses. Some live in areas with local pollution sources, and lack money to …

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Spin Cycle: Oakland Prepares New E-Bike Lending Library

Denver’s first e-bike library, managed by Northeast Transportation Connections, launched August 7 to support essential workers with their commutes. Credit: Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency City and County of Denver (CASR) The Oa …

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Coexisting with Coho During Drought

Young coho salmon. Photo by Morgan Bond/NMFS When Bolinas farmer Peter Martinelli decided to help coho salmon by boosting summer water levels in Pine Gulch Creek, which runs through his land, he had no idea that the project would take two decades to co …

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Power to the Needy: Microgrids, Part II

Editor’s Note: If you’re arriving here from an email communication looking for an article about coho salmon, please follow this link to continue: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/coexisting-with-coho-during-drought/ Sorry for the confusion! With the …

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A PSA for Veterans

I was thirteen the last time I had known my country in peace. Since then, I have spent more than sixty percent of my life as a citizen of a Nation at War. And, yesterday, in Kabul, all the effort of these last 20 years of “Nation Building” disappeared …

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One Step, One Sunday at a Time

A small group of women, average age sixty, recently walked the entire San Francisco Bay Trail, including the unfinished portions. They finished where they started in Emeryville after a four-year, nearly 500-mile adventure, and they did it by walking the segments contiguously one Sunday a month.

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Editor’s Letter: Summer 2021

Dear Readers, Welcome (back) to the Bay Area Monitor, again. We are excited to return to publishing longform journalism again to supplement the weekly Monitor Notes. While we won’t be packaging our content cleanly in editions like before, we plan to pu …

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