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Smart Growth Smart Growth is a sustainable real estate development and investment firm based in Oakland, California.

Strong Towns
04/27/2019
Strong Towns

Strong Towns

How can we use architecture to make our places less isolating? From building nursing homes attached to kindergartens to using social art to activate transit stops, many of the most powerful steps we can take are also the smallest—and the most consistent with a Strong Towns approach.

Via The Conversation.

Strong Towns
04/10/2019
Strong Towns

Strong Towns

A Complete Neighborhood is one where, outside of commuting to work or spending a night out, you can get everything you need within walking distance. Imagine what your city would look like if it was filled with complete neighborhoods, instead of spread out homes and businesses.

CityLab
02/03/2019
CityLab

CityLab

"The Millennial generation seems to be defying its sheltered, suburban upbringing by delaying the acquisition of a driver’s license and choosing transit." (from the archives)

Smart Growth America
12/21/2018
Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America

On the heels of Minneapolis' move to eliminate single-family zoning citywide, could the whole state of Oregon be next?

This is a comprehensive report on the task at hand in the Bay Area.
12/08/2018
Another Inconvenient Truth | Bay Area Council Economic Institute

This is a comprehensive report on the task at hand in the Bay Area.

It has now been about a decade since California passed the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006 and followed it with the supporting Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act in 2008. These landmark pieces of legislation, AB 32 and SB 375, set goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases stat...

We’re hosting a meetup next week about one of our latest developments. Come out to learn and see first hand what a dev...
11/07/2018
Mixed Use Development Proposal in Fruitvale Neighborhood

We’re hosting a meetup next week about one of our latest developments. Come out to learn and see first hand what a development opportunity looks like.

Join me at Mixed Use Development Proposal in Fruitvale Neighborhood http://meetu.ps/e/G08bN/1ymqy/a

Mon, Nov 12, 2018, 6:00 PM: This Meetup hosted by Chris Porto and Eron Ferriera will reveal our development proposal to be submitted to the City of Oakland shortly. The scope will be to build a four-s

NAI Northern California | BART picks developers for huge housing and office development at Lake Merritt in Oakland
09/15/2018
NAI Northern California | BART picks developers for huge housing and office development at Lake Merritt in Oakland

NAI Northern California | BART picks developers for huge housing and office development at Lake Merritt in Oakland

BART picks developers for huge housing and office development at Lake Merritt in Oakland September 13, 2018/in Commercial Real Estate, Economy, Environment, Investment, Locations, Market Updates, Multifamily Services, News, Oakland, Office, Retail, Special Asset Solutions, Technology, Uncategorized....

08/15/2018
Vox

Fascinating look at Hong Kong development economics and the need for zoning reform to make better use of land.

Hong Kong is notorious for cage homes, some of which are just the size of a parking space.

07/22/2018
Vox

Vox

There's a way to make commutes safer and easier for both cyclists and drivers. And all it takes is a little paint.

California YIMBY
07/22/2018

California YIMBY

There's a good chance your city has more parking spaces than homes for humans.

A new study shows that cities can reclaim empty or under-used parking spots, and make room for better uses -- like urgently-needed housing. Learn more here >> http://cayim.by/2s

California YIMBY
07/09/2018
California YIMBY

California YIMBY

CNBC reports that nearly half of San Francisco Bay Area voters plan to leave the region in the next few years because of sky-rocketing housing costs. What has to happen in order for city and state leaders to call for a change of course? Read more here >>

According to Berkeley, this is how you #buildgreen. Key in our minds is to cultivate systems thinking and implement inte...
06/27/2018

According to Berkeley, this is how you #buildgreen. Key in our minds is to cultivate systems thinking and implement integrated designs.

06/26/2018
We Can Save The World

Let’s build more of these!

These skyscrapers provide a home for people and plants while healing air pollution!

Strong Towns
06/17/2018
Strong Towns

Strong Towns

All around us, we see the communities we love mired in debt, struggling just to patch potholes and keep the streetlights on. Yet we also see those same communities spending gobs of money on endless megaprojects. Why do we allow our neighborhoods’ basic needs to go unfulfilled, but we always seem to find the money for a new highway or stadium or civic center? Why do we never seem to have the funds to repair the things we have, but someone’s always willing to give us a loan to build something shiny and new?

Strong Towns is dedicated to answering these questions—and changing the culture that created them in the first place. We’ve put together 31 of our best essays that will show you:

- How conventional wisdom and government policies have created destructive growth practices that leave us with more costs than revenues, and jeopardize the future of our towns.

- Why the most enduring problems we face—from suburban poverty to distorted housing prices to poor transit and infrastructure spending—are all challenges we can solve.

-How returning to some of our oldest ways of building—incrementally, with a focus on on walkability, localized living and democratized economies—can revolutionize the modern world.

-What you can do to make your town stronger today.

Get your free copy of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Volume III and arm yourself with the knowledge to fight back against destructive development, and fight for a stronger future for the community you love.

Register for this webinar on understanding opportunity zones for new development!
06/15/2018
Understanding your Opportunity Zones

Register for this webinar on understanding opportunity zones for new development!

Date: Tue, Jun 26, 2018, Time: 01:00 PM EDT, Host(s): LOCUS Developers. Last December, federal lawmakers created the federal Opportunity Zones program for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Funds— private investment vehicles dedicated to community, business, rea...

06/12/2018
Climate Reality

Climate Reality

Pinch us – because we must be dreaming. (via The Years Project)

06/01/2018

As a standard, parking garages should be art pieces for a City!

06/01/2018

Fascinated by modular construction! Watching this Panoramic Interests project get built on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley.

Neighborhood Economics 2018
05/30/2018
Neighborhood Economics 2018

Neighborhood Economics 2018

Please note the NEW DATE: Friday June 8 & Saturday June 9 Are you a current or aspiring entrepreneur, or do you work with entrepreneurs in San Francisco’s Mission District? Perhaps you are just curious about what it takes to create a more just and equitable economic environment that works with exi...

Inhabitat
05/25/2018
Inhabitat

Inhabitat

The village is perfect for networking parties, outdoor movie nights and, of course, working.

On the benefits of smart growth, “If American cities grow by densifying existing neighborhoods with mostly mid-rise ap...
05/21/2018
CityLab

On the benefits of smart growth, “If American cities grow by densifying existing neighborhoods with mostly mid-rise apartment buildings, they would use just 25 percent of the land area required to build the same number of units using current growth patterns. This would also lead to a 28 percent reduction in vehicle miles travelled, and the cost of infrastructure installation would be seven times less.” Let’s do this! ~Chris Porto

"There is no greater crisis that, at least in my lifetime, has ever faced our country and not been talked about. And the reasons for that are all about how it is communicated," one advocate says. "As soon as you start talking about the nuts and bolts of it, people glaze over."

CityLab
05/21/2018
CityLab

CityLab

"There is no greater crisis that, at least in my lifetime, has ever faced our country and not been talked about. And the reasons for that are all about how it is communicated," one advocate says. "As soon as you start talking about the nuts and bolts of it, people glaze over."

CityLab
05/19/2018
CityLab

CityLab

Half the residents of Palo Alto “have their name registered as a domain." (from 2016)

We’re pleased to hear a large corporation is ready to make “impact investing” into affordable housing a priority. ...
05/19/2018
Kaiser will put $200 million toward affordable housing, homelessness

We’re pleased to hear a large corporation is ready to make “impact investing” into affordable housing a priority. Let’s talk Kaiser Permanente about a few ways to make this work!

Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente said Friday it will invest $200 million in the coming years in programs to grow affordable housing and mitigate homelessness in Bay Area cities and other locations where the health system operates. The exact projects into which the "impact-investing" dollars will go h...

05/18/2018
Vox

Do away with off street parking requirements!

There are an estimated 8 parking spots for every car in America, shaping the growth of our cities (and traffic). Tweaking one old policy could free up those lots for other uses.

KCET
04/29/2018
KCET

KCET

It's hard to overstate how radical a constructed cityscape Main Street, USA, was when it opened in Anaheim in 1955. Across the U.S., cities and towns were tearing out their historic downtowns in favor of automobile-oriented cityscapes. #LostLA

CityLab
04/28/2018
CityLab

CityLab

The High Line has come a long way for a piece of infrastructure that was marked for demolition not long ago. (from 2016)

Pulled off a successful Meetup this evening at WeWork City Center in Oakland on my “life’s work” - training leader...
04/24/2018

Pulled off a successful Meetup this evening at WeWork City Center in Oakland on my “life’s work” - training leaders to become smart growth real estate developers! ~Chris Porto

Shared with a City Council member for the City of Berkeley the virtues of a “form-based code” to provide clarity to ...
04/23/2018

Shared with a City Council member for the City of Berkeley the virtues of a “form-based code” to provide clarity to developers looking to make a difference. Shared our first hand experience of how Berkeley and Oakland are night and day from an approval perspective! ~Chris Porto

Nice to get a sense for what ULI - who's mission we are aligned with - is doing each year via their annual report.
04/21/2018
Home - ULI Annual Report 2017

Nice to get a sense for what ULI - who's mission we are aligned with - is doing each year via their annual report.

Our members are leaders in the responsible use of land and the creation of thriving, sustainable communities. From serving on an expert panel to contributing to Urban Land magazine, from hosting a conference to mentoring the next generation, your contribution and leadership makes a difference. Learn...

California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers
04/18/2018
California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers

California plan linking new housing to public transit rejected by state lawmakers

A robust effort to attack California's housing shortage was rejected Tuesday by a state legislative panel at the Capitol, felled in part by opponents who argued that it treated small cities and large ones like San Francisco the same way.

04/17/2018
Visit Oakland

Visit Oakland

Oakland Art Month is happening May 2018! 👀
www.OaklandArtMonth.com
- Oakland Mural Festival
- TURFinc Cinco De Mayo Festival
- Oakland Fiesta Sin Fronteras
- Blurry Vision Fest
- Oakland First Fridays and more!

We’re looking to pull off an adaptive reuse of a historic building across the street...
04/14/2018
East Bay Express

We’re looking to pull off an adaptive reuse of a historic building across the street...

As for the vision of Elbo Room Jack London, Shapiro said to expect “a smaller scale but more vibrant vision of SF,” he said.

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