Center Work: Revitalizing Neighborhoods

PROJECTS

We worked with Local Initiatives Support Corporation to support its local commercial corridor revitalization program in San Francisco’s moderate income neighborhoods. LISC strives to build the capacity of communities, merchant groups, and community-based organizations to lead ongoing initiatives to strengthen the physical, social, and economic character of the neighborhood. There are many pieces to this puzzle. 
Transit-oriented developments (TODs) are fast becoming reality at major transit stations in the region. Along the BART system alone, eleven communities with stations have completed or approved TODs, and 25 projects are in planning or negotiation phases. Further, station area planning based on MTC’s new TOD policy (Resolution 3434) is underway along proposed several transit extensions or proposed new systems such as Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) and the Dumbarton Rail project. 
Temescal is one of Oakland's oldest and currently mixed-income neighborhoods. After decades of recovering from the construction of the 24 freeway, Temescal is experiencing a revival of fortune. The main business corridor of Telegraph Avenue is bustling with shops and restaurants whose owners found an affordable neighborhood in which to hang their shingles. 
CCI received a Community Outreach Partnership Centers New Directions (COPC) grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to research whether and how revitalization is possible without significant displacement in communities — specifically Richmond, California — and to provide technical assistance to groups carefully revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods. 

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CAPACITY BUILDING

Land-Use Studio: Richmond, California >>

CCI is a collaborative partner of Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) which is focusing now on an effort to infuse the city’s current General Plan update with equitable development principles. 
While the city undergoes its formal General Plan update process, led by city planning Professor John Landis in Fall 2006, a studio of graduate students in UC Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning are considering questions and possibilities for the consultants, city government officials and General Plan Advisory Committee. (This work cross-links with capacity building in Designing and Programming for the Public Realm.). 
Drawn from the US Census and other sources, CCI has compiled tables and charts containing some of the more commonly used statistics about Richmond and its neighborhoods. The data cover demographics, housing and economics. 

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