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California gives BART control over development at its stations

California gives BART control over development at its stations

BART can draft plans to fill empty station parking lots with dense housing and shops, under a state law that Gov. Jerry Brown signed late Sunday. The bill empowers the transit agency to zone its properties — an estimated 250 acres of blank asphalt — and limits cities’ ability to delay or obstruct development. “We… READ MORE

It looks like Google is preparing to open its first-ever standalone retail store

It looks like Google is preparing to open its first-ever standalone retail store

This would be Google’s first-ever permanent retail store, putting it in a league with fellow tech titans Apple and Microsoft. Google will soon take control of 14,000 square feet of retail space in the Chicago meatpacking district, which the company is expected to turn into its first-ever standalone retail store, according to a report in the… READ MORE

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

When will this huge West Oakland BART project leave the station?

Now entering four years of discussion, West Oakland BART developers say they’ll show progress soon on the $565 million project. New projects on BART property don’t happen overnight. It took 20 years to break ground at the Walnut Creek Transit Village, while Bridge Housing’s 200-unit project at the San Leandro station started construction after a… READ MORE

Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush

Cannabis, coworking, and the marijuana-industry land rush

Legal weed could be a $75 billion business by 2030 In Los Angeles, a pair of soon-to-open coworking spaces will offer a twist on the formula popularized by behemoth WeWork and The Wing in New York City. Though they boast whiteboards and shared workspace, host regularly scheduled meet-ups and speaking events, and even offer access to advisers and investment capital, these… READ MORE

New Tech Offices In The Bay Area May Not Come With Free Lunches

New Tech Offices In The Bay Area May Not Come With Free Lunches

The age of free lunches for tech employees may be coming to a close in parts of the Bay Area. San Francisco Supervisors Ahsha Safaí and Aaron Peskin have proposed a ban on cafeterias in new office buildings, San Francisco Chronicle reports. Local retailers and restaurant owners have complained that the influx of new tech… READ MORE

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

Trend alert: The beautiful impact of biophilic design

As we move towards a future of driverless cars, shrinking parking lots, and smart, connected buildings, there’s another quiet trend taking root: biophilic city planning and building design. Biophilic design is bringing nature back into urban areas, balancing all that concrete and steel with more living plants, water, sunlight, and natural materials. It’s a way… READ MORE

Will Warriors be allowed to bring the noise (and light) to Chase Center?

Will Warriors be allowed to bring the noise (and light) to Chase Center?

Golden State Warriors fans bring the noise to every game at “Roaracle Arena,” but the franchise is trying to prove that it’s not tone deaf to potential sound problems or blind to lighting concerns around its new San Francisco home. GSW Arena LLC, the Warrior’s affiliate that owns and will operate the area-office-retail development in… READ MORE

Bay Area’s Housing Crisis Could Chase Facebook, Others Away

Bay Area’s Housing Crisis Could Chase Facebook, Others Away

High housing costs in Silicon Valley have at least one major tech company threatening to move elsewhere. Facebook Vice President of Communications and Policy Officer Elliot Schrage told investors during the company’s annual shareholders meeting that Bay Area housing costs need to be addressed if tech firms, such as Facebook, want to remain in Silicon Valley, Realty… READ MORE

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

City Planners, Property Developers Fuel Push for Driverless Vehicles

Increasing autonomous ride-sharing could reduce the need for parking spaces—and make denser, more profitable developments possible Six years after Nevada became the first state to allow driverless cars on public roads, real-estate developers and city planners around the country are stepping up their efforts to court pilot projects. In downtown Las Vegas, for example, a… READ MORE

BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection

BART rejects Livermore expansion; mayor vows rail connection

There will be no BART station for Livermore residents who have been pining for the long-promised extension. Instead, BART’s board of directors Thursday evening voted to do nothing in a controversial decision pitting the system’s existing needs against the wishes of residents who have been paying into the district for over 40 years. Ultimately, the… READ MORE

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