Bay Area Battles Monster Stores

Bay Area Battles Monster Stores

When does a big box become a monster? That question is at the heart of several land use battles in the Bay Area, where cities and counties are challenging retailers such as Wal-Mart on “super-sized” big box stores that eat up open space, generate heavy...
Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to the first edition of a new update from Urban Ecology! In December, we polled you, our members, and here is what we heard: – UE does a lot of worthwhile things, but you care most about the planning we provide to low-income neighborhoods and the...
Coalition Symposium a Hit

Coalition Symposium a Hit

Held on January 29, the Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition’s symposium, Community Vision: Regional Action, drew more than 180 activists and elected leaders from around the region. Keynote speaker Congresswoman Barbara Lee detailed federal legislation...
Petaluma River Coming Back to Life

Petaluma River Coming Back to Life

On a sunny day in October, forty members of Urban Ecology, Greenbelt Alliance, and local community activists toured downtown Petaluma and discussed the city’s plans for river development and revitalization in the city’s center. This North Bay city began as...
Clinton Park Gets Funding

Clinton Park Gets Funding

In the summer of 2003, Urban Ecology held a community workshop in Oakland’s Eastlake district to solicit ideas for improving the local open space, Clinton Park. At a lively workshop conducted in four languages, about 50 residents and merchants spoke passionately...
Update on Strategic Planning

Update on Strategic Planning

This has been a year of transition and revitalization at Urban Ecology. The Board of Directors and staff spent much of 2003 developing a new strategic plan. The result is new mission and visions statements – see below – and a re-tooling of the way we...
Interview with UE’s New Designer

Interview with UE’s New Designer

Jess Wendover started at Urban Ecology in August 2003. She is the recipient of one of five annual Frederick P. Rose Architecture Fellowships, a national program that places new architects with organizations that work in low-income communities. The three-year...
Neighborhood Vision Moves Ahead

Neighborhood Vision Moves Ahead

On April 5, Urban Ecology organized the third in a series of community workshops in Telegraph-Northgate, a low-income neighborhood that lies just north of downtown Oakland. Nearly three dozen residents and merchants gathered to review design recommendations developed...
Grant Money for Livable Communities

Grant Money for Livable Communities

Nearly $30 million could be available to Bay Area cities and counties this spring to build livable neighborhoods as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Transportation for Livable Communities program. UE is reviewing the seven-year-old TLC...
A Look Back at 1999

A Look Back at 1999

* Mission Housing Development Corporation raised $1.9 million to build UE’s community-oriented design for the 16th Street BART Plaza, a major transit hub in San Francisco’s Mission District. * With San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) and the...
Intern Focuses on Oakland Housing

Intern Focuses on Oakland Housing

Urban Ecology is pleased to welcome graduate student Egon Terplan for the summer. Terplan has finished his first year in the master’s program of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, where his focus is housing and regional planning. Terplan relishes the...
Fair Share Housing Campaign

Fair Share Housing Campaign

Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition Fair Share Housing Campaign Platform Drafted and signed by: California Affordable Housing Law Project, Greenbelt Alliance, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, Urban Ecology The Bay Area Transportation...
Plan Released for Oakland Neighborhood

Plan Released for Oakland Neighborhood

Urban Ecology is pleased to announce the release of our Telegraph-Northgate neighborhood plan. Working with community members, the City of Oakland, and the Telegraph-Northgate Neighborhood Association (TNNA), UE has helped this low-income neighborhood, just north of...
A New Look for Fremont

A New Look for Fremont

After two years of planning, the city of Fremont has crafted a vision to create an intimate, tree-lined downtown with shops, restaurants, offices and housing. The conceptual plan proposes dividing the 430-acre central business district into sub-areas, including a...
North Livermore: Smart Growth or Not?

North Livermore: Smart Growth or Not?

The Transportation Choices Forum and Urban Ecology recently released a report entitled North Livermore: Last Chance for Smart Growth. This report lays out detailed “Smart Growth” alternatives to a major Bay Area suburban development for the first time. The...
CAPPs the Wrong Way to Curb Sprawl

CAPPs the Wrong Way to Curb Sprawl

On November 3 Tri-Valley voters defeated the CAPPs, a trio of closely-watched, nationally significant land use initiatives, designed to dramatically alter the planning process and ultimately curb residential development in Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon. Because...
UE Revitalizing Lower San Antonio

UE Revitalizing Lower San Antonio

How do people who speak five different languages talk about a common future for their neighborhood? Translation. Not just translation from one language to another, but translation from the language of planners to that of everyday people. This kind of translation...