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 to endorse 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 Housing Fund. 1409… 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

Lifelong Antioch Advocate Reignites Passion to Protect Open Space

Michael-Amorosa-Family-Antioch

Michael’s love for the Antioch hills and parks gave him the passion and dedication to protect this special land early on. In the 1980’s he fought a proposed garbage dump nearby. After a hard-fought battle, his side won. But now proposals to develop 4,000 sprawl housing units are motivating Michael into action once again.

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: DeTurk Winery Village in Historic Santa Rosa

Greenbelt Alliance is endorsing the proposed DeTurk Winery Village mixed-used project located near the Railroad Square Historic District and future SMART train station in downtown Santa Rosa. If approved and built, it will provide 185 homes—15 of which will be for low-income residents. The project will incorporate the historic red-brick DeTurk Winery building, which withstood the 1906 earthquake. It will include approximately 20,000 square feet of existing commercial space within the rehabilitated… Read More

In the Face of Urban NIMBYism, Sprawl Threatens 293,100 Acres of Bay Area Green Space

By Roland Li Sprawl could replace up to 293,100 acres of Bay Area green space over the next 30 years, according to a new report from the Greenbelt Alliance, a local land conservation and planning nonprofit. The amount of land likely to be developed was slightly lower than in the group’s previous report in 2012. Jeremy Madsen, CEO of the Greenbelt Alliance, credits this reduction to a shift towards more support for infill… Read More

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