Oakland Launches New Planning Process for Downtown

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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SE at the American Steel Company

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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.





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                            Karen Cusolito, Large Scale Sculpture

Welcoming our new Associate!

Carline Au

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.

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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.


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Welcoming our new Associate!

Emily Heard.

Ms. Heard focuses on the connection between transportation design and investment and development patterns, both locally and on a regional scale.

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National expert says east metro will ‘reinvent’ meaning of bus rapid transit, lead the nation

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.

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Rose Center for Public Leadership Panel

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/

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