The city of Oakland in the East Bay Area is a hotbed of planning and development issues, most notably gentrification and the displacement of communities of color. Now the city is considering a drastic change to its zoning code.
Slow streets programs provided a quick short-term solution and paved the way for some permanent street closures and realignments. Now, these programs are getting a second look as community groups react to the changes.
The Oakland Alameda Access Project, in the works since 1997, is meant to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists in Oakland's Chinatown neighborhood.
Pittsburgh has one of the most lucrative innovation districts in the country, and even more development investment is on the way.
Two leaders of Moms 4 Housing, which has grown to a national housing movement, have been elected to office in Oakland and Berkeley.
The Oakland Slow Streets program, one of the most controversial developments of the early pandemic, has evolved to become the Essential Places initiative, thanks to new planning practices and a commitment to equity in Oakland, California.
We Are Not Divided
Former Houston METRO Board Member Christof Spieler highlights the racism embedded even in the way transit agencies were created.
Highlighting the ways in which the pandemic’s disruption is unleashing innovation, panelists share their hope for streamlining public-private collaborations to solve some of the region’s housing, transportation, and equity challenges.
The Planning Report
Elevated stations, level boardings, dedicated lanes, camera enforcement of lanes—AC Transit's Tempo bus rapid transit line has it all.
The Mercury News
Several cities have modeled an economic recovery that centers environmental justice. Political will is necessary to ensure a safer and healthier future for all communities.
Oakland offers a model for other streets looking to provide new space for pedestrians and people on bikes to get exercise at a space physical distance.
Successful urban highway deconstruction projects have swapped highways for boulevards and saw economic, public health, and urban design benefits. Will more cities opt for highway removal programs over reconstruction?
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Suddenly, cars aren't the first priority on 10 percent of the roadway in Oakland, California.
A legal battle is being waged between the coal-exporting states of Utah, Wyoming, and Montana and coastal cities in California, Oregon, and Washington that pits the power of local land-use authority against the protection of interstate commerce.
Los Angeles Times
The A’s want to build a new stadium, housing, and office space on waterfront property in Oakland. However, the project would involve massive corporate handouts and threaten the jobs and housing of African-American residents.
The Mercury News
The new, privately financed Chase Center arena was designed with San Francisco's tech wealth in mind. It's a handsome addition to the Mission Bay neighborhood but pulls the Bay Area further away from its blue collar roots.
Two New York Times reporters spent three months in the High Street Camp, a homeless community of 100 people in Oakland, California.
The New York Times
Oakland is looking at the possibility of housing homeless people in unconventional quarters.
East Bay Times
A California cooperative brings together investors to make homeownership more accessible and finance housing projects that help to slow gentrification.
An extremely problematic encounter occurred last week when a black planner was accosted by security while taking photos of bike racks on the street outside of a luxury building.
Curbed San Francisco