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  • 9 great ways to reclaim space and boost your business

    9 Great Examples of Reclaimed Space

    Downtown Berkeley is fortunate to feature a variety of reclaimed spaces that add value to businesses and properties and contribute to customer experience. Scroll down to see our top picks, and imagine how you might adapt space around your business. … Continue reading

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    1. Slow rose garden patio creative reuse reclaimed space
      Reclaimed Spaces Add Value to Businesses and Communities

      When it comes to great urban design, it’s often not about what you build, it’s about how you use what you already have. Distinct character is hard to replicate; reclaiming space around your business and reusing it in a creative way … Continue reading

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    2. my first Vallejo charrette megan reineccius
      My First Charrette: Four Days in Vallejo

      Opticos Design’s newest team member Megan Reineccius writes about what it was like to participate in her first charrette. When they told me we were going to work four 12-hour days in a row, I felt like I was being shipped … Continue reading

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    3. Vallejo charrette closing program with Stefan Pellegrini
      Visioning Charrette in Vallejo Focuses on Building Design

      Opticos Design was in Vallejo, CA, recently to host a multiday charrette that brought together business owners, property owners, and community members to refine the 2013 Corridor Design Plan’s vision and to establish a framework for the city’s Sonoma Boulevard … Continue reading

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    4. South Main Buena Vista Colorado
      Sustainability Takes Shape in Colorado

      Jed Selby didn’t consider himself a land developer when he and his sister Katie Urban purchased some 42 acres on the banks of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista, CO, in 2003. The former pro kayaker envisioned a cozy town … Continue reading

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    5. The Hercules Bayfront Transit-Oriented Development
      Move Beyond Green Buildings: It’s Time for Green Communities

      Green building design standards have been around since the early 1990s. The movement has grown to become the most important and progressive trend in the building industry, but community-wide projects are still few and far between. How can we create … Continue reading

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    6. Cincinnati Citywide Form-Based Code led by Opticos was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool or Process by CNU
      Cincinnati Form-Based Code Earns Top Award at CNU22

      The Cincinnati Form-Based Code led by Opticos was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Planning Tool or Process at the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 13th Annual Charter Awards in Buffalo, N.Y., held during CNU’s annual Congress, June 4 – 7. … Continue reading

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    7. Aging boomers want good transit, walkable cities and public parks
      Aging U.S. Population Boosts Demand for Missing Middle Housing

      The American Association for Retired Persons recently released a new report, “What is Livable? Community Preferences of Older Adults.” The report, which surveyed 4,500 people 50 years and older, showed that increasingly, the nation’s older citizens don’t want to retire … Continue reading

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    8. Tony Perez at Cal Poly Pomona
      Opticos Goes to School on Form-Based Codes

      Tony Perez, Opticos Design’s Director of Form-Based Coding, has gone back to school this spring, teaching a graduate-level studio dedicated to Form-Based Coding at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. While some universities invite guest lecturers to speak about … Continue reading

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    9. Austin Community Character
      Austin Community Character: Keeping it Weird

      The City of Austin, TX, prides itself on being weird. So much so, that the city’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” Entire news articles have been devoted to whether the city’s weirdness is on the decline. “There’s new weird … Continue reading

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