Oakland Favors Bank Over Bus Riders

The city prioritized the demands of a bank over the needs of commuters and eliminated a key bus stop on a busy Broadway line — angering senior citizens, transportation advocates, and AC Transit.

Concord Naval Weapons Station: Getting it right means getting it in writing

By Steve Older, Guest Commentary Bay Area News Group This year, the Concord City Council will make the decision of a generation and finalize plans for the future of the shuttered Concord Naval Weapons Station by selecting a master developer. The choice is important, but the conditions attached are critical. When agreements matter, we get them in writing. Too often developers have made lofty promises, but the benefits to the community never materialized…. Read More

Regional Integration at MTC and ABAG

San Francisco

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has proposed an MTC and ABAG merger of their planning departments. We support stronger integration between the Bay Area’s two largest agencies.

Saving the Planet, One Block at a Time


Conservation is no longer just about protecting the open spaces outside of our cities and towns; it’s also about protecting the natural resources within our cities and towns.

PARK(ing) Day in Walnut Creek

PARK(ing) Day 2015 in Walnut Creek

Friday, September 18, 2015 was a beautiful day in Walnut Creek to hang out at a PARK. Last week, Greenbelt Alliance joined the global event PARK(ing) Day by transforming four metered parking spaces in downtown Walnut Creek into fun and educational places for people to slow down, take a break, and enjoy the neighborhood in a different way than they’re used to.

The Bay Area Makes Conservation a Priority

The Bay Area has 68 new Priority Conservation Areas

It’s official. Our efforts to protect our greenbelt has resulted in the Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) designating nearly half a million acres of new Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs). The new PCAs will cover an area more than 13 times the size of San Francisco!

Updating Plan Bay Area: Kick the Tires, Tighten the Bolts, and Get Moving


In the Plan Bay Area update effort, we’re looking closely at how new funds are distributed and how the new plan will measure performance.

Protecting the Valley of the Moon


The green heart of Sonoma Valley is shielded from sprawl and subdivisions by the Glen Ellen-Agua Caliente Community Separator, which preserves the green spaces between Sonoma County’s cities and towns. Even so, significant stretches of natural and agricultural lands remain at risk of development in the Valley of Moon, as writer and adventurer Jack London called it.

A Midsummer Night’s Mixer With the Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Executive Director Tim Tesconi of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau

On July 21, dozens of environmental allies, farmers, dairymen, elected officials and others spent an evening with Greenbelt Alliance and the Sonoma County Farm Bureau at a jointly-sponsored midsummer mixer in Santa Rosa. Farmers and conservationists face common obstacles in Sonoma County: the loss of agricultural lands and the threat of sprawl development.

Urban Village Starter Pack

For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of all the resources you’ll need to get started with using our Urban Village Toolkit. This page will be updated as new resources become available, so bookmark it!

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