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Living local, urban design, sustainability, landscape architecture, and places in the East Bay. Design that works where it is.

Why Build a Parklet?

They’re called parklets but they’re often more like outdoor café dining areas. These sidewalk extensions are parklets because of their roots. In 2005, the clever folks at ReBar had a plan to take back some … Continue reading

Featured · 3 Comments

Oakland City Center Walk

The California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is hosting a conference in Oakland this weekend and I’ll be there. Well, I’ll be here because I live and work in … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Longfellow Neighborhood, Oakland

This week, my office is moving from the Longfellow neighborhood in Oakland. Each day I take a walk through the area and, in the three years I’ve been here, Longfellow has … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

How to Reform your Killer Cat

Our cat wears a harness and a leash when he’s outside. Why? He’s a killer. I love gardening and Jan loves birds. As soon as we had our own yard, … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Uptown Oakland keeps getting better.

Named a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Association, Oakland’s Uptown continues to soar. Last Saturday, I took a walk with the California Planning Foundation to find out why. The conversation started with … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 9 Comments

Shipping Container Village at The Yard

The Giants are opening a new party pop-up today, across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park. It’s called The Yard. I asked my friend, the designer and manufacturer of the destination’s shipping container buildings, … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Eighteen Gates

I have a fascination with gates. They’re doors but when you pass through them, you’re not indoors. What could be better? This week, I give you Gates of the East … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Berkeley Rocks

You really have to see Berkeley’s rocks. Ancient rock outcroppings are not so unusual in California, but the way North Berkeley’s neighborhoods integrated the boulders into the built landscape is pretty awe-inspiring. Indian … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · 3 Comments