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By Paul Bendix

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About this blog: A 32-year resident of Menlo Park, I regularly make my way around downtown in a wheelchair. This gives me an unusual perspective on a town in which I have spent almost half of my life. I was educated at UC Berkeley, and permanentl...  (More)

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Do We Really Need Public Transportation?
Oct 15, 2013 5:11 pm
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,600

It's a provocative question – and in this, our entrepreneurial Bay Area, we have to answer it. The startup mentality is a major force in the region, and it... More
Life, Death and Rails
Apr 20, 2014 12:50 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 2,586

I try to avoid high-risk behavior...yet my last-minute dashes for Caltrain's 8:39 morning express border on suicidal. It's easy to forget that trains defy rules... More
How to Speed Caltrain
Apr 3, 2014 4:09 pm
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,361

Use it. That is the interim answer to speeding Caltrain service from Menlo Park.

As for the long run: support electrification.

Why? Consider today's diesel... More
California High-Speed Rail: What It Says About Us
Dec 25, 2013 3:57 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 2,297

It says a lot about us and our general belief in the future.

Our state's infrastructure is largely mid-20th century. In the postwar decades, Californians voted... More
A Modest Proposal...For Prisons
Jan 2, 2014 7:36 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 2,189

Having argued about how to spend public money...let's argue about how not to spend it. On prisons.

Yes, we certainly need them. No, we do not need to incarcerate... More
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