Bay Area Solutions to National Problems

What You'll Learn

  • Identify opportunities and methods to promote equity in local planning engagements.
  • Adapt strategies from Bay Area projects and apply to future plans, studies, or ordinances.
  • Recognize the benefits of a placed-based approach to urban, suburban, and economic development projects.

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The San Francisco Bay Area, at the forefront of technological trends and political expression, is a prime example of the growing pains resulting from rapid growth and changes in socioeconomics. Bay Area communities, like many across the country, must deal with changing economies, loss of federal funding, housing shortages, fear of displacement, and the constant challenge of engaging underrepresented populations.

This course features a panel of private sector planners who have tackled these issues head on, with solutions that highlight the region’s diversity and resiliency.

Take a virtual tour around the Bay Area, and get key takeaways for communities throughout the country. The Association of Bay Area Governments Priority Development Area (PDA) program showcases the benefits of a coordinated regional approach to planning and funding.

Examples from PDAs in the California cities of Moraga, San Pablo, Martinez, and Rohnert Park, demonstrate how form and function intersect in a place-based approach to infill housing and suburban retrofit. Case studies in Marin County and San Francisco provide the base for a discussion on different approaches to short-term rental regulation.

Finally, learn how reprioritizing social equity helped Oakland respond to community concerns and salvage a downtown specific plan.