Durable Growth, Transportation

Tear down 980 to transform Oakland’s geography

As a practicing urban designer, I’m not that different than any other person in the Bay Area in that I constantly think about how to improve my surroundings. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but we need to make some big changes so we can preserve what we love about living here. And in […]

Durable Growth

Promoting fine-grained neighborhoods

A large mixed-use project on the Oakland waterfront, Brooklyn Basin, was recently announced with great fanfare.

Brooklyn Basin Rendering by Signature Development

Politicians from Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Governor Jerry Brown lauded the proposal, which will be built with extensive foreign capital.

Urbanists promptly weighed in with their thoughts on the plan, offering […]

Durable Growth

Despite problems, Brooklyn Basin is a win for Oakland

from Signature Development

Soon, new apartments and shops will rise from a benighted corner of Oakland. Thanks to a cash infusion from China, the Brooklyn Basin project (née Oak to Ninth) seems like a good deal for the city and for urbanists fighting for a more walkable, livable East Bay. Though it has problems, […]