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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Welcome to – Information for the Future of Arcata

Bienvenido a – Información para el Futuro de Arcata

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How to use this website

Some tips for using this website

  • Click on any image or summary to start reading.
  • There will be new articles posted all the time.  Click on “Top Stories” or “Latest Posts” to find out what’s new.
  • This website is MUCH better on a larger screen — tablet, laptop, or desktop. It is set up so that you can view and read it on a cell phone, if that’s what works for you.  If you have difficulty with a particular page, please do let us know.
  • The same article may be posted on more than one category page.  This is part of how the website is organized, to make it easy for you, the reader. When you choose the category that you’re interested in reading about, all the related articles are on that page.  For example, an article on Affordable Housing might be posted on the “City Planning” page and also on the “Opinions” page and also on the “Top Posts” page.
  • There’s a search button on the Home page.  This can be very useful. For example, if you are looking for articles with the word “density” — a search will show those articles.  If you want your search to be more specific, use the word “and” — as in this search phrase: “density and acre”.  Note:  It does not search into the contents of PDF files.  If that’s a requested feature, it can be added.
  • Don’t forget the “Humor” section !
  • This website contains a blend of facts, images, videos, commentary, opinions, and suggestions… and more.  For clarity, such as in the transcriptions of videos and Planning Commission meetings, comments are marked in red and opinions are marked in green.
  • There may be plenty here that you don’t agree with.  That’s okay:  We don’t have to agree.
  • To avoid devolving into trolling and flames, there is no “Comment” section.  That may come, but not for now.  Your views are welcome — please write.  There’s plenty of room for other viewpoints, and all members of the community should feel free to submit articles. Please start a dialogue through the “Contact Us” form and we can go from there.  Or see the “How to submit articles, suggestions, and comments” page.
  • The website is still in its beginning stages. There is much that is missing, and lots of ideas for things to come.  Stay tuned and come back often.
  • If you enjoy and appreciate this website, we’d love to hear from you.  Critique and suggestions: those too.  If you see typos or missing links, please take a moment to point them out.  And if there is matter which you feel is not accurately presented, by all means let’s discuss it.
  • This website is a big “Thank you” to Arcata.  We appreciate what Arcata is.  We love Arcata.  And it’s safe to say that we all want Arcata to be wonderful.  And as is said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  And that’s what good planning is all about.

[“The best way to predict the future is to create it” is attributed, in various forms, to a number of people, including computer pioneer Alan Kay (“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” 1971), Physics Nobel laureate Denis Gabor (“The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.” 1963), and management expert Peter Drucker (“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” 1986).]

Suggestions for what to view
Click on any of the links:

  • Anything on the Home page.  Start with something that catches your eye, and go from there.
  • The aerial views.  Shows the Gateway area from an aerial perspective with all of Arcata.
  • The letters:  Andrea Tuttle‘s letter.  Nick Lucchesi‘s letter.  The summary of the April 12th packet of letters.
  • Eric Black’s excellent 4-minute video synopsis of the Gateway plan.  Made a loooong time ago, back on January 16, 2022.
  • Humor.  What’s Life without a little levity?  Robert Crumb’s A Short History of America is a gem. Twelve drawings of the changes from pastoral to urban, as though the artist were standing in the same imaginary spot.
  • Videos to watch.  Some with transcriptions of pertinent sections.  Come back — there will be more.
  • Top Articles.  See what we and our readers find interesting and valuable.
  • Latest Posts.  Take a look at what’s been added since the last time you were here.
  • Opinion and Commentary.  Don’t like what you see?  Write to us or write an article (or articles) of your own.
  • Solutions.  Not much there yet, but definitely more in the coming weeks.  There’s a tremendous amount of basis and background to understanding what we want and what’s good for Arcata. This website is intent on helping. We can all agree that we need a good plan for Arcata’s future. In its current form, the December 2021 plan just isn’t it.