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  • FOCUS Speaker Series

    Upcoming Event:

    "Urban Landscapes" Guest Speaker: Walter Hood
    Friday, June 20, 2008
    Speaker Presentation: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    FOCUS Working Group Celebration Luncheon: noon to 1:00 p.m.
    Bayside Rooms, Port of San Francisco
    Pier 1, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
    Please RSVP to JoAnna Bullock at or 510-464-7968.

    Walter Hood is Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. Mr. Hood was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture, 1997. He has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. His firm designed the gardens and landscape for the New De Young Museum, San Francisco with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron and his work was recently featured in the exhibition and publication, "Open" New Designs For Public Spaces, Van Allen Institute, NY, Metropolis Magazine, the New York Times, and Dwell Magazine.

    Walter Hood published his monographs: Urban Diaries and Blues & Jazz Landscape Improvisations and is currently researching and writing a book entitled Urban Landscapes; American Landscape Typologies.

    The FOCUS Speaker Series offers jurisdictions with designated Priority Development Areas (PDAs) the opportunity to learn more about specific issues concerning the creation of complete communities near transit in urbanized areas. Staff will strive to have a monthly speaker. The first three speakers were made possible through a partnership with the Local Government Commission. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact JoAnna Bullock at or 510-464-7968.

  • Community Engagement Funding Available! Applications due June 13.
    When major transit investments spur new development, low-income residents can face evictions, loss of community or cultural centers, or pressure to sell their homes. In February 2008, through an Environmental Justice Grant from Caltrans, ABAG began a Development without Displacement program to increase regional and local understanding of gentrification and displacement, and in particular increase awareness of equitable development policies that jurisdictions can use to capture the benefits of new growth for their current residents.

    ABAG anticipates awarding one to three grants for the total of $100,000 available in grant funding. Grants will fund a city or county and community-based organization to work jointly to engage local residents in identifying the pressures they face due to gentrification and what programs and policies could help to stabilize the neighborhood. The jurisdiction and its partner can decide how to share the funds and project administration.

    Grant applications are now being accepted! ABAG must receive all application materials by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2008.