Place Matters Blog

Rohnert Park plaza
Friday, October 17th, 2014     

Show Your Support for a SMART Rohnert Park

Greenbelt Alliance has been working with local partners to ensure the neighborhood plan for the area around the future Central Rohnert Park Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Station creates a vibrant downtown. Continue reading

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Bicycle-pedestrian bridge
Friday, October 17th, 2014     

Santa Rosa Receives $8.2M Grant for Pedestrian Crossing

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has awarded the City of Santa Rosa an $8.2 million grant to make the Jennings Avenue rail crossing safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Continue reading

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Tomatoes
Friday, October 17th, 2014     

Bolstering the Food System in Sonoma County

The economic value of Sonoma County agricultural goods in 2013 amounted to nearly $850 million. So why are many farmers still struggling? Continue reading

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014     

Greenbelt Action Fall 2014 Newsletter

Read the latest edition of our Greenbelt Action newsletter below. If you’d like to receive more news like this,  sign up for our email newsletters. . .

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Monday, September 29th, 2014     

San Francisco Chronicle: These development measures are really antigrowth

It’s election time in the Bay Area, which means ballot initiatives designed to undercut development plans are already in the works. But there’s another way to look at this year’s crop: as confirmation of an ongoing cultural shift in favor of tall buildings and mixed-use neighborhoods with access to transit outside the region’s largest cities. Continue reading

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Julie Dilley slider
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

Her Rural Majesty: Julie’s Story

Julie and her husband fell in love with Sonoma County, so they found a place to call home in Asti. When neighboring Cloverdale was looking to sprawl out beyond its urban growth boundary, Julie teamed up with Greenbelt Alliance and our local partners to fight the expansion. Continue reading

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Dan Scannell slider
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

Dublin Draws the Line

In the early ’90s, Dublin chose to greatly expand through sprawl. Dan is committed to making sure the City doesn’t make the same mistake again—this past spring, he was a driving force behind the grassroots campaign for an urban limit line to protect Doolan Canyon. Continue reading

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Larry Ames slider
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

Before Urban Villages Were Cool

A resident of Willow Glen in San Jose since 1979, Larry has been advocating for walkable, bikeable neighborhoods long before it was the popular sentiment it is today. San Jose is finally catching up with plans for 70 urban villages peppered throughout the city. Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

A Better Broadway, a Better Oakland

Two years ago, Joel and his wife, Yvette, saw the East Bay as an exciting place where they could start a family. Fast-forward to 2014, Joel, as Greenbelt Alliance’s Regional Representative, helped Oakland adopt an exciting plan for the Broadway Valdez neighborhood. Continue reading

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Lynne Andonian slider
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

A+ for Measure AA

Back in May, Lynne volunteered with Greenbelt Alliance to encourage voters to support Measure AA. It was her way of championing the places that make the Bay Area special and preserving the quality of life that we sometimes take for granted. Continue reading

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