How would you build a high-tech center in a vast farming zone? You might start by applying tech solutions to farming problems of water use and sustainability in all forms.
The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get builtâ€”and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.
An index to the arguments pro and con about the most ambitious infrastructure project in the United States
Who should get the benefit of the doubt when we consider the unknowable future?
Yesterday I noted two seemingly positive developments in the California High-Speed Rail saga. That was installment No. 14 1/2 in the series. For previous episodes see No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No.…
Three weeks from now, a groundbreaking ceremony on the most important infrastructure project now underway in the United States
"Would you prefer a system where you can be instantly teleported from SF to LA? Of course. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen."
Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives. "Should we invest in infrastructure? Absolutely! But the right kind of infrastructure." Some ideas on what that might mean.
In next month's election, Jerry Brown is seeking a fourth term as California's governor and public support for his plan for a north-south bullet train to transform travel in a car-dependent state. Here is more of what's at stake.
Everybody talks about the future, but nobody does anything about it.
"The decision on HSR is going to shape the future in ways we can't predict, and a touch of modesty in the arguments would be welcome."
You want to hear more about the biggest infrastructure project being considered anywhere in the country? You've come to the right place.
"Bad, bad, bad," and other critiques
And so do some readers.
People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.
A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.