It’s been two months since I moved from Berkeley to West Hollywood to pursue a masters degree in urban planning from UCLA. Though I am hundreds of miles away, I find myself in class thinking of practical uses of concepts back in the East Bay. Often times, Oakland is a good candidate for many.
In one class, we discussed two, not very dissimilar concepts for district improvements. The first was the idea of a parking meter zones (PMZ), as proposed by “prophet of parking” and UCLA professor, Donald Shoup. The second is the concept of a business improvement district (BID) or a community benefit district (CBD). Each together and individually have the potential to bring out Jack London Square’s, and Oakland’s in general, true potential.
I’ve wanted to write a post to this effect for some time and am very happy that my time at UCLA has allowed me to finally move forward.