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In Pursuit of a Safe Walk to School, Oslo Gamifies Street Design

A new app in Oslo gathers feedback on pedestrian safety from a group not often asked their opinion on urban planning: schoolchildren.


No coding in Palo Alto? City takes on Silicon Valley growth

The birthplace of Hewlett Packard and Xerox Parc and founding place of Facebook is now considering whether to enforce a zoning regulation banning firms whose “primary business is research and development, including software coding,” according to the New York Times.


Consumers Win From California’s Clean Transportation

Climate change may be the most dire challenge facing the world in the next few decades and if not for California’s leadership, we would be in much worse shape than we are.


Message to Tech Firms From Palo Alto Mayor: Go Away. Please.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — My phone connection kept dropping out, which didn’t make sense because I was in the heart of Silicon Valley.

It turns out that poor cellphone reception has been a problem for years in downtown Palo Alto, which has a relationship with technology that is decidedly mixed.

Here in the city where Facebook and Google grew into the world famous companies they are today, many homeowners passionately oppose new cell towers in their upscale neighborhoods, complicating connections.


What it will take to make Silicon Valley affordable again

Silicon Valley has a major housing crisis. The median price of a home in Palo Alto, home to Stanford University, has reached $2.5 million - twice as much as five years ago. Housing in the region has grown so expensive that it's hard for young families to get their start there.


Palo Alto struggles to provide housing that's affordable

With calls for more housing options getting louder, City Council wrestles with worsening crisis



Thoughtful LA Blog

Zoning that does not allow enough new housing construction is one of the biggest causes of the housing crisis in Los Angeles. So, it's important to understand what zoning is, how it works, and how it's been applied across LA.


Press Release August 15 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Adrian Fine Declares Candidacy for Palo Alto City Council

Palo Alto, CA - August, 15, 2016 - Palo Alto native and Chair of the Planning & Transportation Commission, Adrian Fine, today announced his candidacy for the Palo Alto City Council.

Fine, born and raised in South Palo Alto, and a graduate of Gunn High, received an MA in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a City Strategist at where he develops products, policies and partnerships to build neighborhood communities across the country. His early endorsers include several current and former Council members including Gail Price, Betsy Bechtel, Cory Wolbach, and Larry Klein.

“Having lived here for 30 years, I believe that some of the city’s recent choices have diminished the quality of life for longtime residents and opportunities for newcomers. I am seeking a seat on the council to ensure that we protect, improve and reinvigorate our city. Our region is rapidly changing, and to manage change effectively Palo Alto cannot stand on the sidelines, but needs to lead,” stated Fine.

As a lifelong resident, Fine understands the city from the Baylands to the Foothills. As a renter, Fine understands the challenges of housing. In a recent survey, more than 75% of residents say the cost of housing is an extremely or very serious problem. Fine will use his planning and community-building expertise to create housing choices for all residents, together with a modern transportation system.

Adrian Fine’s vision for Palo Alto is of an inclusive, walkable, green, and multi-generational city that listens to its residents, respects its history and innovation, and takes its future into its own hands. Fine values regional cooperation, and is committed to creating a civic culture that is as creative and as dynamic as our business culture.

To learn more, please visit Adrian can be reached at [email protected] and is available for interviews.