Smart growth principles and multiethnic pride revive an inner-city neighborhood in Oakland.
In the Fruitvale District of Oakland, California, plans are afoot to transform the worn-out, overlooked neighborhood into a vibrant, bustling, mixed-use multicultural center. Now under-way and set for completion next year, the revitalization of Fruitvale is being spearheaded by Arabella Martinez, CEO of the Unity Council, a local community development corporation. I want to infuse Fruitvales established ethnic identity with a new social and economic vitality, she says. I envision a complete connection among transportation and land use strategies and economic development for this community. To that end, the private/public partnership formed to revitalize Fruitvale has developed a plan that celebrates Fruitvales ethnic diversity in a contemporary setting that connects community, retail, commercial, residential, and transit usesdespite the many obstacles. Ernesto M. Vasquez is vice president and managing partner of McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, an Oakland and Irvine, Californiabased commercial, residential, and interior architecture firm.
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