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Northern News – October 2018
San Francisco Bay Area taken by an Italian crew member aboard the International Space Station.  (Samantha Cristoforetti via Twitter and KQED)

Northern News – October 2018 Featured

We came, we planned, we were wrong

Pete Parkinson, AICP. One planner’s wildfire experience changed his views. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. Daylong symposium on ‘Autonomous Vehicles and the City,’ Oct. 15. | There’s still time to register for the 2018 Chapter Conference in San Diego, Oct. 7–10 | New on the Northern Section Board. Page 3

‘State of the Nation’s Housing,’ 2018

HUD USER. At the root of the affordable housing shortage is outdated zoning and land use regulations. For low-income families and individuals, subsidies are critical for easing cost burdens. Policymakers can speed the development of affordable housing and insulate the affordable housing stock from foreign investors through public housing, community land trusts, and deed restrictions. Page 4

Expanding California’s leadership in diversifying the planning profession

Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, and Linda C. Dalton, PhD., FAICP. A brief exploration of issues associated with diversity in the profession, especially the role of California planners and their professional organizations (APA California, the California Planning Roundtable, and the California Planning Foundation) in moving forward the profession’s efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and equity. Page 5

Autonomous Vehicles and the City

The University of San Francisco is hosting a symposium in San Francisco in collaboration with UC Davis, the Mineta Transportation Institute, Fehr & Peers, and Arup, to develop policies and plans for livability. Page 6

Where in the world

If you have traveled here, write and let us know. Photo by Aliza Knox. Page 6

Autonomous vehicles, pedestrians, and cities

John David Beutler, AICP. Pedestrians fought it out with cars and trucks on the streets of the early 1900s. By the late 1920s, the cars had won. We’re in the early rounds of a similar battle as technologists call for the control of pedestrians to meet the needs of AVs. Page 7

A Healthy City for All

Suzanne Lennard, Ph.D. (Arch.) The 56th International Making Cities Livable Conference (Portland, OR, June 17–21, 2019) has issued a call for papers. Page 9

Planning news roundup

A new Starbucks may be a proxy for gentrification | The benign neglect of California’s forests is ending | Lower East Bay housing moves forward | Blocking development prices residents out of neighborhoods they want to preserve | Chicago Architecture Center empowers young people to shape their city | Pubic transport should be free | Healdsburg to limit downtown hotels, require affordable housing | Building housing on flood plains is another sign of growing inequality | What the Berlin Wall can teach us about urban development | The jobs-housing hamster wheel | Cooling the Concrete Jungle. Page 10 and pages 21–25

Who’s where

Amanda Eaken; Sunny Chao; Shannon Hake, AICP; Tom Holub; Ned Thomas, AICP; Libby Tyler, FAICP; Courtney Wood, AICP. Page 11

APA California 2018 awards, Northern Section’s winners, announced

Northern Section is home to nine of the 28 winners. Page 13

Board directory and editorial information. Page 26

Northern News – September 2018
SF Bay Area from space, 2014. Photo: Reid Wiseman

Northern News – September 2018

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Cities urged to act on ride-hailing services

Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. A new report highlights the increasing use of ride-hailing services and cites the general absence of local policies to deal with newly created congestion. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. 2019 National Planning Conference update | California Chapter Elections – vote now | Northern Section Board vacancies to be filled | New board members. Page 3

In memoriam, Paul C. Zucker, FAICP

By Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. The nationally recognized urban planner, author, and management consultant lived and worked in San Diego for the past 41 years. He was 83. Page 5

Sign up now for 2018-19 mentor program

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Minneapolis council members want to tie density to affordability

Rachel Dovey. In March, the city proposed allowing fourplexes on block corners in single-family neighborhoods, but residents aren’t convinced the added density will make housing more affordable. Still, several council members appear ready to take the criticism. Page 7

Affordable housing design award to Mission Bay apartments

HUD USER. HUD and AIA recognized “Five 88” (588 Mission Bay Blvd., San Francisco) for its overall excellence in design in response to the needs and constraints of affordable housing. Page 8

Planning news roundup

Ten towns that changed America (0:55) | Wildfires are a people problem| New transit planned to North San Joaquin Valley| Rebranded by Google Maps| Bay Area’s newest transit station reopens parking debate| TNCs and transit as partners| How America uses its land| Do Millennials prefer cities?| California lawmakers grapple with how to prevent deadly wildfires. Pages 9 and 18–21

Meet a local planner

Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Google’s Transportation Operations Manager Michael Wooley-Ousdahl. Page 10

Where in the world

Photo by Chandler Lee. Page 12

Who’s where

Shila Behzadiaria, Michael Cass, Greg Holisko, AICP, Roscoe Mata, Erin McAuliff, Kari Svanstrom, AICP, and Ellen Yau. Page 13

AICP exam prep course starts Sept. 8

Dr. Don Bradley, AICP. It’s time to start studying for the May 2019 national AICP exam. Page 15

Northern News – July/August 2018
Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga. Photo: Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP

Northern News – July/August 2018

You can read the entire issue online as a virtual magazine, download it as a PDF, or click on the links at the end of the individual articles (below).

Creating built environments for an aging population

Matt Raimi, AICP. Planning — so important to improving our communities as our population changes — is all the more critical if we are to serve our society’s oldest members. Fortunately, many of the current advances in diverse, healthy, walkable, mixed-use communities will also support aging Californians. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. Ten from Northern Section awarded CPF scholarships • Photo: Northern Section Board at Facebook July 11. Page 3

Reshaping the bay for sea-level rise and creating affordable housing.

Debra Guenther, FASLA. The Bay Area is projected to need more than $85 billion of investment in climate change responses. When community members are part of directing benefits and leading the work, as in North Richmond, social benefits can emerge. Page 4

Making it easier to make ADUs

Joshua Abrams. San Mateo County’s Home for All and 21 Elements have spent the last 12 months building a suite of resources to promote the construction of ADUs. The tools include a Second Unit Workbook and an online Second Unit Calculator that can be adapted for other jurisdictions. Page 5

12 photos from Northern Section’s 2018 Awards Gala

A sampling of photos by Michael Axtell. Page 6

17 from Northern Section pass AICP exam. Page 7

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Letters

ADUs and APA lobbyists. Page 7

1% for art sparks public fight • Could this be a solution for Lombard Street? • How tech companies conquered America’s cities • Scooters — fun and dangerous • The YIMBYs are coming • California beat its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases, but … • SF Supes update plan for Candlestick, Hunters Point • With a little help, Muir Woods reclaims its land • Aligning sustainable and affordable development in California • Denver to infuse downtown with dense housing • SF’s Balboa Park Reservoir, built to store water, never did and never will. Pages 8 and 24–26

Students continue evaluating San Jose neighborhood

Kristin Moen. Delmas Park is a quarter-square-mile, mixed-use, urban neighborhood just west of downtown San Jose. Overall, it appears the neighborhood is cautiously optimistic about the changes that Google and related new development may bring. Page 9

Join APA at a discount. Page 11

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Where in the world

Photo by Elizabeth Rynecki. Page 12

Who’s where

Rosie Dudley; Dana Hoffman, AICP; Evan Kenward; Darcy Kremin, AICP; Melody Ann Lin; Bob Ulabarri, AICP. Page 13

Enjoy!

Northern News – June 2018
Photo by Denise Pinkston

Northern News – June 2018

HOUSING

Reverse BANANA: Build all Kinds of Housing Almost Everywhere

Naphtali Knox, FAICP, interviews Denise Pinkston, MCRP. We need that “missing middle,” from ADUs to fourplexes. If a third of the Bay Area’s existing single-family homes each added one unit over the next decade, we would add half-a-million homes with no visible disruption to our communities. Page 1. (For those who haven’t run across it yet, BANANA goes a step beyond NIMBY to “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.”)

Nonprofit Takes Bay Area Cities to Court

Bill Chapin. The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA) has been racking up legal victories, forcing Bay Area cities to reverse course and approve new housing. Page 4

The Evolution and Application of a CEQA Exemption

Stephen Velyvis. Any parking and aesthetic impacts of transit-oriented infill projects located within transit priority areas cannot be considered significant environmental impacts and are thus exempt from CEQA. But there’s a history to that. Page 8

The Very Best

Announcing the 2018 Northern Section Award Winners. Page 12

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Northern News – May 2018

Northern News – May 2018

APA NATIONAL’S GOLD ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GOES TO SF TEENS. Marin County, San Francisco, and San Jose also received achievement awards at the APA national conference in New Orleans, April 23rd. Page 1

SUCCESSFUL MARCH 29 SUMMIT ON LIVABLE COMMUNITIES FOR ALL AGES. Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. Northern Section collaborated with AARP to plan and host the Summit on March 29 as part of the annual ASA conference. The three-hour event put urban planners in contact with professionals in health and aging. Of 216 who attended, 50 were urban planners. Page 5

HIGHER-DENSITY FUTURE FOR BAY FAIR BART STATION AREA. Lars Halle and Tom Liao. San Leandro adopted a Specific Plan that will make Bay Fair a prominent local and regional destination with an enhanced pedestrian experience. Page 8

MEET A LOCAL PLANNER. Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Michael Smith, AICP. Page 10

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Northern News – April 2018

“HOW I BECAME A PLANNING DIRECTOR.” YPG’s Veronica Flores reports. Following a panel discussion, 12 planning directors each met with five young planners and emerging professionals in a comfortable setting to share what they know. Page 1

WHERE IN THE WORLD. A photo by Erin Camarera from a country we have not previously covered. Page 5

HOMELESSNESS: COMING TO LIGHT. Cherise Orange and Kojo Pierce. “We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.” But we can. Page 6

PLANNING NEWS ROUNDUP. Finding better ways to plan for, and recover from, wildfire • Why do we have an SB 827 anyway? • Millbrae: Mixed-use project near train station narrowly approved after public negotiation • California: Development fees push up cost of housing • And much more. Page 7

MEET A LOCAL PLANNER. Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Amy Skewes-Cox, AICP. Page 8

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Northern News – March 2018

FINDING AND SUPPORTING ALLIES FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES (of all ages). Erin McAuliff. Supportive built environments can strengthen individual relationships, ensure access to care, resources, and recreation, and reduce isolation across the lifespan. Page 1

PLANNERS AND STUDENTS VISIT BRAZIL FOR COLLABORATIVE SERVICE AND LEARNINGMike Jacobson, with Alex Hinds, Tonya Veitch, and Hing Wong, AICP. Members of a graduate planning class spent one week in Ouro Preto, Brazil, collecting data, talking to residents, and conducting several workshops. The workshops generated a list of opportunities and constraints, plus a prioritized list of community needs subsequently included in a grant application submitted by the residents’ association to the Inter-American Foundation. Page 4

MEET A LOCAL PLANNERCatarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Liz Probst, AICP. Page 9

LIST OF AUTHORS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO NORTHERN NEWS IN 2017. Page 13

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Northern News – February 2018

HELP FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD AS GOOGLE ARRIVESNicole Guzman, with Nikki Chan and Michael Tkalcevic. Graduate students help San Jose’s Delmas Park neighborhood, continuing work started by the city’s now-defunct Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. Pages 1 and 18–20

WATER RESILIENCE IN THE BAY AREA IN RESPONSE TO A CHANGING CLIMATEHolly Pearson, AICP. The Bay Area needs to adapt regional and local water systems and consumption to new conditions brought about by global climate change. Page 4

ORINDA’S SENIOR APARTMENTS DESIGN ACCOMMODATES A STEEPLY SLOPED SITE. HUD USER case study. Page 9

MEET A LOCAL PLANNER. Associate editor Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Benjamin Fu, Cupertino. Page 12

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Northern News – December 2017/January 2018

HOW CITY PLANNING CAN CHANGE AN ANTI-AGING CULTUREJosh Cohen, Next City. Elderly residents find services and social opportunities spread out and access difficult. Housing affordability can be a struggle. At least one city wants to change that. Page 1

IN MEMORIAMValentin (Val) Alexeeff and George A. Williams. Pages 4-5

NORTHERN SECTION’S YOUNG PLANNERS GROUP IS LOOKING TO GROWMeet the inaugural steering committee: 12 planners dedicated to strengthening YPG’s presence and programming. Pages 9, 17-20

WHO’S WHEREElizabeth Caraker, AICP; Lindy Chan; Florentina Craciun, AICP; Matt Kawashima; Laura C. Russell, AICP; Jonathan Schuppert, AICP; Theresa Wallace, AICP; Yosef Yip. Pages 13-15

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Northern News – November 2017

THE BAY AREA GREENPRINT TOOLElizabeth Adam and Serena Unger. Regional conservation data for local benefit: a powerful new interactive web tool to show multi-benefit assessments. Page 1

DIRECTOR’S NOTESharon Grewal, AICP. North Bay fire assistance resources | Housing package implementation webinar | Holiday party November 17 | SF Urban Film Festival, Storytelling Workshop, November 19. Page 3

WHAT A PROJECT NEEDS TO QUALIFY FOR STREAMLINING UNDER SB 35Alan Murphy, Perkins Coie. Page 6

A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR SAN JOSEHolly Pearson, AICP. The ESP will reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to energy, transportation, and water. Page 13

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