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    A Season to Give Something Back

    As a Certified B Corporation, Opticos is committed to a triple bottom line that includes sustainable business, accountability, transparency, and meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. As part of our B Corp goals, Opticos sets aside a portion … Continue reading

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    1. Opticos Principal Dan Parolek Joins TransForm Board of Directors
      Dan Parolek Joins TransForm Board of Directors

      ­Opticos Design is proud to announce that Principal Dan Parolek has joined the board of TransForm, California’s leading non-profit promoting transportation and walkable communities. TransForm seeks to change regional transportation priorities to link land use and transportation decisions by merging the … Continue reading

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    2. Grace McCammond Dragon St. Louis
      The Power of Public Art: How Murals Beautify Cities and Build Communities

      Across the country, cities large and small are looking a little more colorful lately—and that’s not because of the changing seasons. Groups that aim to promote local talent and engage the community have been turning empty city walls into huge … Continue reading

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    3. Austin bikability 11th & Congresss
      Initiatives Work to Make Austin a Top City for Biking

      According to the Alliance for Biking & Walking, bike share programs across the country are surging. Earlier this year, the alliance published its biennial Bicycling and Walking in the United States, 2014 Benchmaking Report, which collects and analyzes data on bicycling … Continue reading

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    4. Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat ArtWorks mural
      Giving Back: Opticos Donates CNU Charter Award Money to Cincinnati Nonprofit Public Art Group

      Earlier this year, Opticos Design was awarded the CNU’s Charter Award Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool for our work on the Cincinnati Form-Based Code. As we discussed what to do with the prize money, we decided the best thing … Continue reading

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    5. Tehachapi citywide code page
      Tehachapi City Council Set To Adopt Groundbreaking Hybrid Zoning Code

      Tehachapi, CA, will soon have a groundbreaking new citywide hybrid code. The first reading took place at the city council’s meeting on October 6, in which council members voted unanimously to adopt the code. Project leaders say the new code has been completely … Continue reading

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    6. Temescal Alley Oakland recycled buildings
      How Historic Buildings Can Make Your City Modern

      Recycled structures and buildings and reclaimed spaces have been all over the news lately, from a West London water tower that was converted to a townhouse (now available for rent), to an artificial island floating on 250,000 recycled plastic bottles … Continue reading

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    7. Seaside Florida cityscape
      In Seaside, Sustainability Isn’t a Design Choice; It’s a Design Ethic

      Florida’s Emerald Coast stretches some 100 miles from Pensacola to Panama City along the state’s panhandle. The area sometimes affectionately referred to as the “Redneck Riviera” features white sandy beaches and azure waters, as well as the idyllic beachfront community … Continue reading

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    8. north berkeley farmers market main image
      Farmers’ Market Shoppers Contribute $2 Million to North Berkeley Economy

      The North Berkeley Farmers’ Market was launched in 2004 after the North Shattuck Association approached the Ecology Center with the idea of launching an all-organic market in the heart of the city’s Gourmet Ghetto district. Ten years later, the market … Continue reading

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    9. Mini parking craters Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio
      Mini Parking Craters Ideal for Missing Middle Housing

      How often will you be encouraged to walk down a street if you are walking past parking lots versus engaging storefronts or stoops? Spend some time browsing Google Maps and across the country, you will see a landscape punctuated with empty surface … Continue reading

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