Taylor York

Taylor York is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University Pomona, with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. A Southern California native, Taylor recognizes the unique planning challenges that California faces. He works with the Western Riverside County Clean Cities Coalition, helping to reduce emissions from vehicles in a region that currently has some of the worst air quality in the nation. He recently collaborated on a plan to development an Active Transportation Plan for Western Riverside County, and helped secure a three-year grant from the California Department of Transportation to fund the project. He has a growing passion for transportation planning and considers himself a skilled homebrewer.

Farewell to The Grid from Taylor York in Riverside, California

by Taylor York

When I first applied to be a blogger for The Grid, I figured it would be a way for me to gain a bit of exposure, sharpen my writing skills, and keep my brain active– but it became much more than that. I have found th... Read article

Riverside, CA’s Eastside Provides Benefits and Challenges of A Mature Neighborhood

by Taylor York

As we know very well here in the Inland Empire, California, there is value in undeveloped land. It can provide a blank slate for development, can host renewable energy systems such as large-scale solar or wind power,... Read article

Inland Empire Housing Affordability is on the Decline as Median House Prices Soar

by Taylor York

The Inland Empire (IE) has long been considered a bedroom community. Every day we sit in the same grueling traffic going toward Los Angeles and Orange County in the morning and then back towards the IE in the afterno... Read article

County of Riverside's Homeless Count Brings Solutions to Inland Empire, California

by Taylor York

A few years ago, while walking from the Downtown Riverside Metrolink station to my office, I remember noticing what looked like a tent city hidden in the trees and bushes alongside the 91 freeway. Mostly hidden from ... Read article

How to Attract a Young, Educated Workforce to Inland Empire, CA

by Taylor York

Few people will argue against job growth in any region, and the Inland Empire, more than many other region, has reason to appreciate a growing job market. The Inland Empire (IE) was one of the hardest-hit regions in ... Read article

The Loss of Internet Equality in the City of Riverside, California

by Taylor York

Access to the Internet has become a necessity these days. Both the United Nations and the creator of the internet have argued that access to it is a human right, and it’s hard to ignore the increasing difficulty of p... Read article

Managing Water During Dry Times in Inland Empire, California

by Taylor York

The drought in California persists – for the fourth consecutive year. Snow Water Equivalents are used by The State Water Resources Department to measure how much water is contained within the mountain snowpack. As of... Read article

Mark Friis: A Leader in Bike & Pedestrian Safety Advocacy in Inland Empire, CA

by Taylor York

I see Mark Friis as soon as I walk into Stell Coffee & Tea, a popular cyclist hangout in Redlands, CA. He’s relaxing at the counter, and as we shake hands he says, “Should we get a sandwich?” The barista, as well... Read article

The Perris Valley Line Charges Ahead Through Riverside County, California

by Taylor York

Metrolink trains have been operating in Southern California since 1992, and although timetables and station locations can often be less than ideal, the trains provide a reliable alternative to cars for many Los Angel... Read article

Why Riverside Transit Agency Replaced its Entire Fleet with CNG Buses

by Taylor York

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) has provided public bus services to Western Riverside County since 1977. RTA operates more than 160 buses on 36 fixed routes and 8 commuter routes. They also use 98 Dial-A-Ride vehi... Read article

Is Suburban the Answer?: Jobs / Housing Balance in Inland Empire, California

by Taylor York

Take a close look at an aerial map of Riverside County from a couple of years ago, and you will notice some strange crop-circle-like formations. These weren’t created by extraterrestrial life, but are in fact stall... Read article

Inland Empire, California Region Struggles to Rebrand its Poor Public Image

by Taylor York

Businesses, cities, and even sports teams sometimes change their names to better identify with or separate themselves from a certain image or community.  A name can carry with it a strong impression of community iden... Read article

Is Riverside County to Blame for its "Smog Belt" & Failing Air Quality?

by Taylor York

Smog knows no jurisdictional bounds, and there are few better examples of this than in the Inland Empire of Southern California. The brown haze that forms over the area in the summer time has given San Bernardino and... Read article