Northern News

The APA California – Northern Section publishes 10 times a year. Permission to reprint or republish is allowed and ask that you credit “Northern News, APA California – Northern.”

Editor: Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP
Associate Editor: Catarina Kidd
Newsletter Designer: Nancy Roberts

April 2018

SF Teens Bring Home National APA Gold

When three high school students noticed an increase in traffic near a popular San Francisco parklet in 2014, they founded Street Air, a study of the street’s design and air pollution measurements, to determine the busy thoroughfare’s effects on nearby pedestrians. Now in its third year, the project has grown into a broad-scale investigation of street-level pollution, complete with an award-winning five-minute film made by the students — Charlie Millenbah, Milo Wetherall, and Zelda Zivny — and a list of recommendations all cities can implement to protect public spaces near roads from pollution. The students are now collaborating with city planning staff on a redesign of the original subject of their experiment, Columbus Avenue.

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San Leandro Sets Higher-Density Future for Bay Fair BART Station Area

Lars Halle and Tom Liao Concluding a two-year public planning process with workshops and a 21-person Community Advisory Committee, the San Leandro city council in February adopted the 154-acre Bay Fair Transit-Oriented Development Specific Plan. The plan is the community’s long-term vision for a vibrant and sustainable, higher density, mixed-use “transit village” in proximity to

Meet a Local Planner

Michael Smith, AICP, is senior planner at the City of San Bruno Community Development Department. He volunteers as a member of his neighborhood design review board. Tell us where you live, work, and attended school. I live in San Francisco with my family and work for the City of San Bruno. I earned a master

Who’s Where – May 2018

Beth Altshuler has been appointed Chair of Northern Section’s committee on Planners4Health. She is a Senior Associate and Public Health Planning Specialist at Raimi + Associates where she has worked since 2010. Before that, she was a project associate at MIG, Inc., and the program designer and director for a pilot youth employment program through

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