Desperate Bay Area Voters Tax Themselves to Ease Traffic, Build Housing

By Patrick May Along with the slew of propositions on this week’s California ballot to legalize pot, do away with the death penalty and ban plastic bags, there were also measures of desperation: Bay Area voters were asked to perform a sort of electoral CPR on their gridlocked, high-priced and increasingly frenetic metropolis. And in an indication of just how fed up they are, voters declared they were willing to open their… Read More

Stephanie Reyes Shines at the Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum

Photo: Jessica Weare

Interim CEO, Stephanie Reyes, brings nuance to the conversation around the water crisis at the Silicon Valley Regional Economic Forum. She spoke to the importance of smart development in urban areas, and why protecting open spaces can be a cheaper alternative for water conservation than creating new infrastructure for sprawl.

Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Events for Long-Term Change

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On March 9, Greenbelt Alliance hosted a community meeting at the San Jose Rose Garden Library. Attendees included members from the Buena Vista Neighborhood Association, Burbank Community Association, and Antiques Colony, as well as San Jose city staff and other members of the community. The topic of discussion: tactical urbanism events at the West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue Neighborhoods.

Implementing Smart Growth: A Toolkit for San Jose

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Greenbelt Alliance created the San Jose Urban Village Toolkit to cut through technical jargon and help neighbors get organized so they can engage with each other, the city, and developers on neighborhood plans. The toolkit also guides residents through the planning process and helps them identify and build on what makes their neighborhood great.

Michele Beasley, New Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation

After nearly 11 years of championing the places that make the Bay Area special at Greenbelt Alliance, Michele Beasley will be leaving the organization to serve as executive director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation.

The Sagacious Sibella Kraus

Partnerships are essential to much of our work. In Coyote Valley, one of our most important partners has been the industrious Sibella Kraus, President of Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE).

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.

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!

What Is an Urban Village?

Urban villages are walkable, bicycle-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhoods that can provide both housing and jobs, environmental benefits, and quality of life improvements for a city’s residents and the surrounding region.

Getting Started in Community Advocacy

Community advocacy isn’t difficult. In fact, it’s pretty rewarding and it’s easy when you have help. If your city or town is kicking off a planning process, these five things will help you prepare.