Monday, August 29, 2011

City of Davis Moves on 5th Street Redesign (70)

In an e-mail addressed to “Interested Parties“ dated August 25th, City administrator Katherine Hess has announced that the Planning Commission will hold a hearing on September 14th on the next step in the process of redesigning 5th Street.

Ms. Hess' email is reproduced after the jump, along with the City's web site text on this matter as it appeared at the time of this post. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Three Car Crash At 5th & B, Sunday, Aug. 28 (69)

Approaching 5th St. on B at about 4:30 pm Sunday, August 28, I observed that B was closed on the north side of 5th and that three cars were crashed into one another at the curb on the west side of B near 5th.

Three of the photos I took are posted here. This is the 16th crash involving 5th St near my home on E St. I have photographed. 

The City of Davis Invented Old North Davis In 1996 (68)

This is the first of two or more posts that seek to understand why there is as yet  no Old North Davis symbol or logo. This post develops background for addressing this and related puzzles.

As far as I can tell, the idea that the land bounded by 5th & 7th and B & the tracks is a coherent area requiring a special name was conceived in the spring of 1996.

Before that spring, several zoning and code formulations seemed bent on developing different portions of that land in varied ways. A summary of these schemes--including some deep partitions--appear in image 1.*

Friday, August 26, 2011

Our Dangerous 5th & E Intersection Used on the PBS Newshour (67)


Watching PBS’s  Newshour on August 25, it was hard to believe that I was suddenly viewing a video of Dr. Herbert Bauer driving a car past my house on E Street toward  5th. He whisks by the Granucci and Tingus homes and stops at the  5th & E corner as a taxicab looms and zooms by (images 1 through 5).

Sunday, August 21, 2011

An Old North Dog’s Tell-All Autobiography (64)

Browsing in a used bookstore, my eye caught this title on the spine of a skinny book:

The Life and Travels of a Law Office Dog

Puzzled, I took the book in hand and viewed the cover you see after the jump. This is strange, I thought.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Problem House on Notre Dame Drive & Lessons for Neighbor Action (63)

Davis Enterprise, August, 12, 2011

The Davis Enterprise has published a very useful account of long-standing neighborhood problems caused by people involved with 1413 Notre Dame Drive in Davis.*

Let me summarize those problems and the actions Notre Dame neighbors took.  Then I will suggest four “lessons” about dealing with “out of control” homes we might draw from this case and other experiences.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fifth Street Safety Troubles Are Not New (62)

Excerpt from a 1982 Enterprise photo of a collision
 at 5th and D streets. The full picture is after the jump.
I have just received a photo of a 1982 Fifth & D car collision that helps dramatize the point that  safety on that street is a long-standing (and building) problem.
      Beverly Wilcox sent me this picture and I thank her very much. An excerpt is to the right and the full picture is after the jump.
      Is it possible that other people have photos from newspapers or other sources that they could send along and I could also post them? If so, simply zap them to me by email attachment at

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Photo-Essays on Collisions at 5th and E (61)

The note on dangerous intersections I just posted (#60) prompts me to recall my photo-essays on accidents near where I live, the intersection of 5th and E.
      Over a period of years, when I have heard collision crashes I have sometimes gone out with a camera and photographed the events.
      About a year ago, I noticed I had accumulated 15 of these “photo-essays.” Most are at the 5th and E intersection, but a few are at 5th & F and 5th & D.

Dangerous Intersections Along Fifth Street--The Never-Ending Foot-Dragging (60)

The new news organization The Davis Patch ran a story this week on “dangerous intersections” in Davis as computed from 2009 data. Of course, Fifth Street between A and L shows up prominently.

I reproduce the Patch’s “interactive map” of high-collision intersections after the jump.