A Project the SE team is a part of – The City of Oakland announced today that it is launching a new planning process for downtown, following the passage last year of similar neighborhood redevelopment plans that are aimed at revitalizing districts — but have also led to increased concerns about gentrification and displacement.
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September 1, 2015
Strategic EconomicsOakland Launches New Planning Process for Downtown
This weekend a few Strateconers joined the Northern California Section Chapter of the APA on a West Oakland Arts Tour. The trip included a tour of the American Steel Studios, an industrial building re-purposed into workspace for artists and entrepreneurs.
Ms. Au comes to Strategic Economics with a background in social equity in the built environment, with her most recent work contributing to the development of a public lands policy for the City of Oakland. Ms. Au’s interdisciplinary and data-driven approach guides her work, from policy design to plan implementation.
Strategic Economics was one of the Project Leads for the Using Smart Growth Strategies to Foster Economic Development: A Kelso, Washington, Case Study (2015). This study aims to help cities like Kelso rethink how to address economic development challenges with small, manageable solutions that create stronger, more resilient communities. A smart growth economic development strategy needs to support businesses and workers and improve quality of life. Smart growth approaches bring together these elements and recognize the balance among them and the need to create long-term value in addition to short-term gains.
Dena Belzer was one of the National Experts at the Gateway Corridor Development Forum sharing ideas on how communities and developers can use the proposed Gold Line bus rapid transit project to create prosperous communities.
Earlier this month, our Vice President, Nadine Fogarty, co-chaired a panel organized by the Rose Center for Public Leadership to advise Seattle’s Mayor Murray on the future of the Rainier Beach neighborhood.
Read more about the visit and recommendations: http://crosscut.com/2015/03/developers-think-tank-to-seattle-forget-about-redeveloping-rainier-beach-try-a-little-tlc/
March 30, 2015
Strategic EconomicsRose Center for Public Leadership Panel
Mr. Cummings comes to Strategic Economics with a background in management science consulting, where he developed market response and price optimization solutions for the digital media, transportation, and tourism industries. Within the realm of urban planning, he focuses on housing policy and the impacts of regional planning on neighborhoods in transition.
Dena and Alison are attending the Design Fort Ord Charrette this month. The goal of this charrette is to develop design guidelines to ensure that future development on the former Fort Ord army base supports the cohesive, sustainable reuse of the base, while maintaining the visual character of the Monterey Peninsula which plays a major role in supporting the area’s attractiveness as a destination for many visitors every year. Strategic Economics’ role has been to provide the economic analysis necessary to ensure that the guidelines will be implementable given current real estate market conditions, while also allowing for the flexibility to respond to unanticipated development opportunities in the longer term. Dena is presenting at the Work-in-Progress Presentation this Wednesday. She also spoke in January at the Fort Ord Trails Symposium about the economic benefits of improved transportation connectivity. Learn more about this project: http://www.fora.org/RUDG.html.