A Community Comes Together in Silicon Valley

At Greenbelt Alliance, we’re dedicated to getting growth right in the Bay Area. That means safeguarding our farms and forests from sprawl development and creating thriving neighborhoods within our cities and towns. But good growth decisions don’t emerge automatically. It takes people coming together and getting engaged in decisions about how their communities grow. Fortunately, there are inspiring examples of this happening around the Bay Area and Greenbelt Alliance is playing a… Read More

Crafting a Vision for Sonoma County

Whether you live here or visit, everyone agrees that Sonoma County is pretty great for its rolling hills, dramatic coast, and everything in between. Yet we face many challenges ahead to conserve and restore these lands and achieve thriving neighborhoods for all in the next 20 years and beyond. Looking forward, Greenbelt Alliance is excited to be working with county supervisors and community partners to launch an update of the General Plan,… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: The Las Juntas Way Community

Greenbelt Alliance is excited to endorse the “Las Juntas Way” community by Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Inc. in Walnut Creek. This 100% affordable community will feature 42 new townhomes just across from the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village—a welcome addition to a major transit hub and job center in the heart of the county. At a time when so many Contra Costa County families are struggling to find affordable homes,… Read More

What’s “At Risk” Without Good Growth

The Bay Area is an amazing place to call home. Lots of people think so, and when I say lots I really mean lots. The 2010 census counted 7.1 million people as residents of the nine counties that touch San Francisco Bay. Today’s estimates are that there are over 7.6 million people living in our region. Projections have that number growing to 9 million by 2040, and there are many in the… Read More

Packed House in Sunnyvale for Panel on El Camino Real

Last month, over 80 community members came together at the Sunnyvale Community Center for an inspiring panel discussion on the future of the El Camino Real corridor. The panel was moderated by former Sunnyvale Councilmember Tara Martin-Milius and featured five local speakers: Sunnyvale Councilmember Larry Klein Adina Levin, Co-founder of Friends of Caltrain Kirk Vartan, local business owner Marie Bernard, Executive Director of Sunnyvale Community Services Jaime Fearer, Deputy Director of California… Read More

Draft of New ‘Plan Bay Area’ Calls for More Sustainable, Inclusive Future

The draft of Plan Bay Area 2040 has just hit the streets. We’re excited that the new plan calls for guiding growth in ways that help our cities and towns become more sustainable, equitable, and economically prosperous and protects our iconic natural and agricultural lands from sprawl development. Now it’s time to make some refinements to the draft and get to work implementing its best components. A Plan Built on a Strong Foundation Plan… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: 1409 El Camino Project

Greenbelt Alliance is pleased that Redwood City approved the 1409 El Camino project by Greystar Real Estate Partners. With this exciting project, Downtown Redwood City is about to get even better! As a culmination of Redwood City’s revitalization, 1409 El Camino will bring 350 new homes to Redwood City’s award-winning downtown. Going above and beyond, the project includes 10% affordable homes and also makes significant financial contributions to the city’s new Affordable… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Walnut Residences in Fremont

Greenbelt Alliance is excited that, after a long, arduous process, the City of Fremont has approved the Walnut Residences development—providing 670 new homes just a short walk from the city’s downtown BART station. Several years ago, this city of nearly 230,000 residents made the bold move to become “strategically urban.” Working with community members, the city identified a handful of locations that could evolve into more walkable neighborhoods with new homes, shops,… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: The MacArthur Transit Village—Parcel B

Update: The Oakland City Council unanimously approved the MacArthur Transit Village on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Nearly a decade ago, Greenbelt Alliance endorsed the MacArthur Transit Village in Oakland. We strongly supported the concept for a walkable, equitable, mixed-use community that would boost the local economy and create quality jobs. And now, Greenbelt Alliance is proud to endorse a smart project in the Transit Village by Boston Properties that will redefine what’s… Read More

Fighting for Sustainable & Inclusive Communities

With the change in power in Washington, DC, we are in a new era. Many of us are justifiably scared and are wondering what we should do. I am scared myself, but I have also never been more proud to be the CEO of Greenbelt Alliance. It is the kind of work we do at Greenbelt Alliance that will show our nation and the world that—despite the rhetoric out of Washington—the communities… Read More

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