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A publication of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, Northern Section

Making great communities happen


Nonprofits may soon get dibs on SF apartment buildings

Meet a local planner, Kristi Bascom



Sustainable Chinatown wins (Environmental Planning) Gold at NPC19

Director’s note, by James A. Castañeda, AICP

New! Northern Section webinar series

2019 Northern Section Awards Gala June 7

My short course on Working with Difficult People

SF Urban Film Festival news

Storytelling at People of Color mixer

In memoriam, Northern News PDF



SB 50/SB 4 compromise summary

SB50, combined with SB4, clears Senate Governance and Finance Committee

Street Air on Earth Day

Bay Area Homelessness Report

A highway runs through it

CA cities and counties move to comply with State housing law

SF is world’s most expensive city in which to build, study says

Streetcar spurred development of an SF neighborhood 100 years ago


The American Planning Association, California Chapter – Northern, offers membership to city and regional planners and associated professionals primarily living or working in California, from and through Monterey County to the Oregon border, including the nine county San Francisco Bay Area and Lake and San Benito Counties. APA California Northern promotes planning-related continuing education and social functions in order to (1) provide an arena for communication and exchange of information about planning related activities; (2) raise member awareness and involvement in APA affairs; (3) increase public awareness of the importance of planning; (4) encourage professionalism in the conduct of its members; and (5) foster a sense of community among the members.
APA California Northern publishes Northern News 10 times each year for the exchange of planning ideas and information. Current and back issues are available for download here. Entirely the effort of volunteers, the News is written and produced by and for urban planners in Northern California. Circulation (downloads per issue) 4,000.
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