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Mothball Fleet Update: The Long Goodbye to Suisun Bay’s Derelict Ships

Mothball Fleet Update: The Long Goodbye to Suisun Bay’s Derelict Ships This 2009 photograph shows decaying ships of the Mothball Fleet anchored in Suisun Bay. Photo by Laurent Meillier. The bridge between Martinez and Benicia soars across the water, of …

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Roadway Repairs Proving Costly in Wake of Record Winter Rain

Roadway Repairs Proving Costly in Wake of Record Winter Rain This winter in Marin County, a stretch of State Route 37 between U.S. Highway 101 and Atherton Avenue was shut down due to flooding. Photo courtesy of Caltrans. Record-setting winter rain imp …

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City Grown: Incentivizing Agriculture in the Urban Environment

La Mesa Verde’s Jaime Chen and Valley Verde’s Raul Lozano celebrated the grand opening of a greenhouse in San José’s first Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Raul Lozano had been searching for three years before he found what he …

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State Seeks Safer Streets

Features such as this bike box along State Route 131 in Tiburon improve bike safety. Photo by Cecily O’Connor. Are there areas in your community where you don’t feel safe biking, or can’t bike at all? An effort is underway to address these roadblocks a …

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Creosote Cleanup: The San Francisco Bay’s Piling Problem

The San Francisco Bay shoreline is rife with old wood pilings that contain creosote, which is toxic to marine life. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Pick just about any spot on the edge of the San Francisco Bay and you’ll probably see wood pilings poking out o …

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Care for Landscapes and Lungs: Addressing Equipment Emissions

Care for Landscapes and Lungs: Addressing Equipment Emissions Small off-road engines in landscaping equipment produce significant air pollution. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Aaahhh, the refreshing smell of newly-mown grass! Whether it’s from the neighborin …

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The Art of Supporting Open Space

Tom Killion’s print “Mt. Tamalpais from above Green Gulch” (2002) was used for fundraising by Slide Ranch, a Marin County nonprofit that connects children to nature. Art copyright Tom Killion. Artist Tom Killion grew up above the Old Mill School in Mil …

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Placemaking and Activation: How to Create an Urban Oasis

TPL collaborated with a range of organizations and stakeholders to revitalize Boeddeker Park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Photo by Jamie Hooper. Bay Area residents with the time, money, and means to travel have access to a vast playgroun …

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Can We Quench Both the Thirst for Housing and Housing’s Thirst?

Can We Quench Both the Thirst for Housing and Housing’s Thirst? The City of Brisbane is asking the developer of the proposed Baylands community (represented in this rendering) to come up with a water supply for the project. Image courtesy of Wallace Ro …

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Building Breathable Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods in West Oakland are exposed to elevated levels of air pollution from nearby sources. Diagram by Urban Biofilter with data from the California Air Resources Board. Regional agencies, housing advocates, and local decision makers recognize t …

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