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Northern News March 2021

Northern News March 2021

Northern News


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

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Director’s note: Is work part of your identity?

By Florentina Craciun, February 18, 2021. Can the work of urban planning sustain a work-from-home culture?

Last call for Award submittals

The deadline to apply for Northern Section Awards is approaching. To submit your award-worthy project by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 12, visit

Sen. Scott Wiener introduced two new housing bills

By Bianca Bruno, Courthouse News Service, Feb. 18, 2021. State Senator Scott Wiener announced two new bills to boost multifamily housing.

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Calls for social housing in California, Hawaii

By Jared Brey, February 12, 2021. Bills in the California and Hawaii legislatures offer innovative solutions affordable to people at a wide range of incomes. Santa Clara County is highlighted.

Everyone wants progress but no one wants change

By Ludo Campbell-Reid, Feb. 11, 2021. Transforming or adapting cities is as much about behavioral change as physical change. We should be psychologists before we are planners, architects, engineers, or economists.

Who’s where

News about Elizabeth Burks, Lakshmi Rajagopalan, Stephanie Steinbrecher, and Mark Wardlaw, assembled by Haeseo (Hazel) Choi.


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Planning news roundup

“11 Black urbanists every planner should know”

By Pete Saunders, Planning Magazine, Winter 2021. This roundup selects just four of the eleven described in the article.

What happens when SF’s largest employer goes ‘work from anywhere’

By Laura Bliss and Sarah Holder, Bloomberg CityLab, February 12, 2021. After so much baggage attached to Salesforce’s urban footprint, it now faces a potentially emptier future.

The Californians are coming. So is their housing crisis.

By Conor Dougherty, The New York Times, February 12, 2021. For those tethered to the local economy, the influx of wealthier outsiders pushes housing costs further out of reach.

New proposed bill sets ambitious offshore wind farm target

By Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, February 11, 2021. Humboldt County is one of the most likely locations for the first big wind farms to be phased in under the bill.

Analysis: Strategies to lower cost and speed permanent supportive housing production

From UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation, February 9, 2021. Four factors led to cost and time savings on the 833 Bryant Street development compared to similar projects.

YIMBYs sue for even more housing via RHNA

By Benjamin Schneider, SF Weekly, February 4, 2021. Pro-housing activists accuse the state of underestimating the Bay Area’s housing allocation target.

A Sunnyvale Toyota dealership is turning its car lot into apartments

By Nate Berg, Fast Company, February 3, 2021. The proposal converts the lot and the space above the dealership into mixed-use.

How the federal government could help kill highways

By Max Reyes, Bloomberg CityLab, February 1, 2021. A new bill proposes funding for highway removal or alternation.

Berkeley overhauls off-street parking

By Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside, January 27, 2021. Most new housing projects in Berkeley will no longer have to build off-street parking.

Mill Valley resolution would oppose state housing mandates

By Lorenzo Morotti, Marin Independent Journal, January 27, 2021. The resolution addresses both local control preemption and RHNA targets.

How SB 35 and AB 1763 pushed through a Marin County affordable housing project

By William Fulton, CP&DR, Feb 8, 2021. Using SB 35, the developer could build twice as many units in a building twice as tall as would otherwise be permitted.

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