I don't know if it was the irony of giving chocolate bars in the shape of California to visitors from the land that gave us Coenraad Johannes van Houten, or the psychedelic treatment one of the project teams proposed for the corner of Balbach and Market, but something about my circumstance on Tuesday night made me realize that I had spent the previous two days as a part of something strange... read the whole note.
Come along for a bicycle ride through South San Jose’s neighborhoods and valleys to explore how the city plans on growing in the next 30 years, from Caltrain transit villages to foothill sprawl. Hear from experts and delight in the beautiful landscape as we wind through city and country roads as well as the great bike paths the city has to offer.
Download a map of the route. (PDF 5.5 MB... read the whole note.
Our friends at Greenbelt Alliance are once again coordinating a Park(ing) Day event in downtown San José. Come join us and several of our community partners this Friday, September 21, as we reclaim public space!
We'll be set up at 25 West San Fernando Street, if front of Mezcal Restaurant. Park your bike with us and stick around to let us know what you think about all the new bike... read the whole note.
Gil Peñalosa, the former Commissioner of Parks, Sports, and Recreation for the City of Bogotá, Colombia, has led the effort to create one of the most successful and celebrated parks and recreation systems in the world. He has effectively initiated the “new Cicolvia” – car-free Sundays – where over 1.3 million people come out weekly to walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s... read the whole note.
Join Greenbelt Alliance for the third Walk the Talk forum on the Grand Boulevard Initiative, part of a series reimagining El Camino Real through the Peninsula. El Camino Real connects historic downtowns and features large parks, diverse shopping opportunities, and Caltrain, BART, and bus service.
Do you have ideas on how to make it better?
On Monday, March 5, we'll discuss the... read the whole note.
Last Friday I spent all day at the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) All-Sites meeting with my colleague Michele Beasley of Greenbelt Alliance. The meeting took place up at the San Francisco Foundation and included systems-change workers from all across the Bay Area who are focused on planning projects in areas chosen by the GCC. Michele and I are working on San Jose's Diridon Station--one... read the whole note.
If you missed Park(ing) Day 2010, you missed some great conversions of street parking into inviting public spaces. Not to worry! SVBC was there (with a Park(ing) Spot of our own) to check out the asphalt alterations and report back.
SVBCers chillax with the Happening Couch.
Couches, tables and chairs, potted plants, hammocks, and sod... read the whole note.
Our friends at the Greenbelt Alliance are looking for a new communications associate:"Greenbelt Alliance, the San Francisco Bay Area’s advocate for open spaces and vibrant places, seeks an experienced candidate for the position of Communications Associate. Position Summary The Communications Associate will be responsible for supporting Greenbelt Alliance’s online and new media presence... read the whole note.