I-880 cities seek a sense of “place”

Along Interstate 880 in the Northern California county of Alameda, cities birthed during the post-World War II era of suburbanism have begun turning the clock back searching instead for a sense of “place.”

In an article in the San Francisco Business Times, Albert Pacciorini highlights some of the New Urbanist advances made in the past quarter century, from condominium complexes in close proximity to rapid transit to examples of cities reinventing their core. Hayward, California, a project orchestrated by the company of CNU 17 speaker Daniel Solomon, actually utilized the BART transit stations as centers for their design.

Many of the Bay-Area projects utilized form-based codes, according to Daniel Parolek who attributes form-based development with “establish[ing] a vision and a plan” as opposed to traditional zoning methods that often yield “unpredictable results.” Parolek, author of the book “Form Based Codes,” will be speaking at CNU 17 in a series of sessions focusing on Form-Based Coding.

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Photo: A city walk in Hayward, California.


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