Climate Change and Housing: re-thinking land use for our planet's future
May 12th at 5pm
Palo Alto and other bay area suburbs have led the nation in environmental policies to reduce Green House Gas emissions and protect our open spaces. But climate change is happening faster than we predicted and every jurisdiction must determine how to address this crisis. Our greenest neighborhoods are also our most dense. How can we re-think the way we design neighborhoods to promote more energy efficient, sustainable cities with robust parks and open spaces?
Join Palo Alto Forward and the 350 SV Palo Alto Team on May 12th at 5pm to hear from:
- Amanda Eaken, Director of Transportation, American Cities Climate Change Challenge at Natural Resources Defense Council
- Justin Wang, Advocacy Manager at Greenbelt Alliance
- Sandra Slater (Moderator)
This event is hosted by Wellesley Housing
While other cities like Berkeley are addressing the racist history and negative effects of R1 single family zoning, Palo Alto is doubling down on its own. In response to a recent missing middle housing proposal, instead of giving feedback on the project, the Palo Alto City Council reversed their policy that would have allowed for this project to move forward. This was in direct response to intense negativity from neighbors about the missing middle housing. The Wellesley project would have been 24 units with 20% of them being affordable housing, while the rest would have served the missing middle– the exact kind of housing we need. To boot, the College Terrace neighborhood is already home to more than 30 existing apartment buildings, and is walkable to job centers, retail, and high quality transit. These events led us to ask ourselves: What’s so scary about apartments?
Join renowned economist Steve Levy, Palo Alto renter and housing advocate Josh Kirmsse, representatives from the Wellesley project and others to discuss the need for this type of housing, the implications of not building it and where we go from here.
RSVP here: https://www.wellesleyhousing.com/event-details/whats-so-scary-about-apartments-a-community-conversation/form
About the Talk: Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for SuburbiaThe book, Trespasser? takes an intimate look at the everyday life and politics inside Silicon Valley against a backdrop of dramatic demographic shifts. It follows one community over several decades as it transforms from a sleepy rural town to a global gateway and one of the nation's largest Asian American-majority cities. There, it highlights the passionate efforts of Asian Americans to make Silicon Valley their home by investing in local schools, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. It also provides a textured tale of the tensions that emerge over this suburb's changing environment. With vivid storytelling, Trespassers? demonstrates that suburbia is an increasingly important place for immigrants and minorities to register their claims for equality and inclusion, while also raising questions about the rights of diverse populations to their own suburban American Dream.
About the Speaker:
Professor Willow Lung-Amam is an associate professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and director of community development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Hosted by Livable SunnyvaleWhen: Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Click here to register for the Meeting link
Learn best practices from New Beginnings in Santa Barbara. Their program is the first of its kind and has served as a model for dozens of communities throughout the country. We'll also have speakers from MOVE Mountain View, operators of Palo Alto's Safe Parking program in cooperating with Santa Clara County and Pastor Bains from Project WeHope to talk about how we can move toward permanently affordable housing.
Join Palo Alto Forward and the San Mateo County's San Mateo County's Safe Parking Working Group to hear from:
- Kristine Schwarz, Santa Barbara's New Beginnings
- Michael Love, Move Mountain View
- Pastor Bains, Project WeHopeWHENMay 19, 2021 at 6pm - 8pm