A quiet revolution is underway in the Bay Area. From suburban
enclaves to inner cities, a new pattern of development is
sprouting. Faceless strip malls are giving way to attractive,
mixed-use plazas that invite walking and social interaction.
Where uninterrupted tracts of single family homes have long
ruled, pockets of high-density housing are taking shape, often
near transit stations. Jurisdictions that once embraced development
at any cost are drawing the line on growth, setting aside
precious open space for future generations. And here and there,
city streets teetering on the edge of urban decay are getting
a facelift and an infusion of investment.
Indeed the commitment to smart growth principles have resulted
in smart growth throughout the Bay Area. Smart growth has
sprang up in the form of mixed-use projects, multi-family
housing, small lot developments, innovative retail & commercial
projects and transit-oriented development. Smart growth advocates
have recognized many such projects as being "best practices."
The following are links to a sampling of projects that have
brought their respective communities closer to a smarter future.
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Collections of Best Practices
"Best and Worse Developments of the Bay Area"
Ecology's Design Community
Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Growth Policy Database
Local Best Practices
of El Cerrito's San Pablo Avenue Redevelopment
of Mountain View's Transit-Oriented Development
Fruitvale Transit Village
City of Palo
Alto's El Camino Real/CalTrans Project
in San Jose
of San Leandro's East 14th Street Development Strategy
of Vallejo's Mare Island Development