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It's Newsom without an "e" at the end (don't worry, nobody could get it right in San Francisco when he was mayor either). Essentially, he's a spoiled frat boy dilettante who has been bred for higher office by the (oil heir) Getty family. Any good initiative that he yammers on about is usually something he's stolen from somebody else, and the only thing that's remarkable about him is, as you have noted, his hair.


Indeed, NYC is already getting this app rolled out in some sections, such as Roosevelt Island.

Claire Helene

Oh Lance, you are singing my tune. I've been fascinated with the SFPark project. I believe there are similar pilot projects going on around NYC (much smaller scale).

Jonathan Korman

As a San Franciscan, I'd offer a slightly more generous reading of Mr Newsom. He is a silver spoon fratboy, yes, but in his tenure as mayor of SF much as I had mixed feelings about his policies he did demonstrate that he was serious about the job and interested in policy. Not near as smart as Bill Clinton (who is?) but cast from the same mold.

And I must contest that "some people are going to have to drive". Urban planner J. H. Crawford observes that Venice has 300,000 people and no cars. Obviously Venice a unique case, but it shows that a modern carless city is possible, and he has a plan for a million-person city that has a maximum doorstep-to-doorstep travel time of 35 minutes:


Would be nice to have integrated with car nav systems. Better than handheld for drivers, plus your GPS would direct you right to an open spot.


Jonathan, you can't get much more car unfriendly than London, with its Iron Ring and congestion pricing and the like AND a truly extensive mass transportation system incorporating rails, buses and the Tube, and they still have massive traffic jams.

Hell, I've spent an hour on the M4 trying to get to Heathrow at 5AM.

Jonathan Korman

actor212, like all reasonable people I must grant that London traffic passeth all understanding.

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