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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

February 4, 2016 · 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

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

Art, Anti-Fracking & Asian Food

Density, diversity, and being  part of a larger urban context enlivens Oakland and other Bay Area Cities and makes them exciting places to live and visit. Saturday, Jan and I skipped the … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Plank

Jack London Square once had a Barnes & Noble bookstore for an anchor. As of October, the new tenant is Plank. Plank features fun. A cacophony of noisy, frolicking, frivolous … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Longfellow: A Vibrant Neighborhood

I read a thoughtful blog post a few weeks ago from The Girl Next Door is Black, and it inspired me to write about Longfellow. For the last few years, I’ve worked and walked in Longfellow, … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 1 Comment