2017 is likely to be a year of unprecedented challenges for the broader movement to create safe and healthy communities through smart urban planning and progressive transportation design. Even before the bizarre proposed appointment of Dr. Ben Carson to head the federal Department of Housing and Urban Design, the change in administrations in Washington, D.C. promises to complicate an already challenging movement in Long Beach and throughout California.
To help Longbeachize grow, we need your help. We’ve made great progress in the last couple of months—November of this past year marked our most successful month ever, with over 50,000 unique visitors—but we want to grow Longbeachize into a larger and louder voice in Long Beach activism and politics.
In the coming year, Longbeachize will continue to provide important local coverage of the housing crisis in our county and state… The movement to make protected bike lanes the default road treatment in Long Beach instead of a “special treatment…” The continuation of promoting the good work and leadership of our elected officials, government departments, and transit agencies… As well as the continuation of calling them out and prod them when they need it.
Just as importantly, Longbeachize will partner with our sister websites across California and the country to push back against federal policy changes that will damage our cities and promote changes to continue to make California a world leader in livability and environmental stewardship.
And we need the support of our readers to make it all work. Longbeachize is powerful because elected officials know that our readers care deeply about the issues we cover. And the whole site functions, on the most basic level, because readers fund what we do.
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