"The Bay Area leads the nation in open space preservation near its urban core. But the region sits next to the country’s most threatened farmland and the urban sprawl of the San Joaquin Valley. Is the future of the open space movement in the Bay Area to look beyond the nine counties to address watershed and farmland preservation in the Delta and Central Valley, or is it to shift to new strategies that make our current preserved land more accessible? Join the discussion with two of the leading open space activists in the region – Jeremy Madsen, executive director of Greenbelt Alliance, and John Cain, director of restoration programs at the Natural Heritage Institute."
This week’s Streetsblog Calendar starts off with a visit from one of the Livable Streets movement’s top luminaries, and ends with ice cream. Here are the week’s highlights. Tuesday: Sunday Streets to Great Streets: Enrique Peñalosa. Enrique Peñalosa will speak at a public forum about the future of San Francisco’s streets. Peñalosa is the former Mayor of […]
"For over 40 years, Dorothy Erskine worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support housing for the poor, rational urban and regional planning, preservation of farmland and the creation of parks and open space. A new biography explores Erskine’s life and career, including her motivations, inspirations and achievements as one of the Bay Area’s foremost civic […]
The ongoing struggle to contain growth within urban boundaries will likely move to San Ramon this November. Photo: cjaureque While municipal planning organizations around California try to develop the metrics and models required to meet the goals of SB 375, a law mandating smarter growth, a local voter initiative in Contra Costa County is being […]
From SVBC: By 2035 there will be an estimated 1.2 million new jobs and 900,000 new households within the Bay Area. Where will all of these people live? Where will the new housing be built? How will people get around? If not planned for and managed carefully, a population increase of this size would compound […]
From Greenbelt Alliance: In a tough economic climate, how can we ensure that growth in San Jose benefits all who live, work and play here? Join Greenbelt Alliance and a panel of experts as we discuss the ciritical next steps that the city should take in order to protect its open spaces and maintain its […]
Click the map to enlarge. Image: Greenbelt Alliance. Even as our freeways and bridges in the Bay Area are choked with traffic for hours every day, the population in the region is projected to grow from over 7 million now to over 9 million by 2025. Deciding where to build housing to accommodate the growth […]