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ConnectOakland: Mending the Urban Fabric for a More Connected Future

Route I-980 Source: ConnectOakland The I-980 freeway is at a crossroads — literally and figuratively. The freeway might have seemed like a good idea at one time, but now many see it as a blight that divides the Oakland community and disconnects neighborhoods from the downtown. It currently acts as a barrier to economic investment […]

2000 Delaware
Synthesis, new kinetic, outdoor sculpture at
2000 Delaware

Westlake Urban, in partnership with Palo Alto Partners, recently completed a new, multifamily rental property for moderate-income households in San Mateo, CA. “From the beginning, the (San Mateo) City Council envisioned a mixed-income housing development for the community,” according to Sandra Council, Neighborhood Improvement and Housing Manager, City of San Mateo. The project, located at […]

Bay Area
Welcome to the new
San Leandro

The new San Leandro Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane Photo by Barry Toranto She is the icon of San Leandro’s transformation. Graceful, strong, proud, and reaching toward the future, she imagines a world that is bright and bold, limitless and safe. Truth is Beauty, the 55-foot steel and LED sculpture by artist Marco Cochrane […]

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Why offices, not housing, may be the destination for new BART projects

One of the biggest clues for how the Bay Area might grow in the future can be found in a surprising place: the small, suburban city of San Leandro. Despite the region’s insatiable need for more housing, developer Westlake Urban abandoned its initial idea to build apartments on private land just a few steps west […]

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New San Leandro Tech Campus

(KGO) – The new San Leandro Tech Campus is expected to open next summer. The S-L-T-C or the San Leandro Tech Campus is under construction. It’s poised to totally change the city. A new 6-story building next to the San Leandro Bart Station is only that start of what’s to come here. Chief Innovation Officer […]

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Technology is the “New Plumbing” in the Information Economy

Plumbing. We take it for granted. We turn the tap—and expect water to come gushing out. Plumbing wasn’t always part of our communities, but once introduced it changed everything about how we build buildings and cities. High speed broadband technology is today’s “new plumbing” and it is dramatically changing how we at Westlake build our […]

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Westlake Urban Interview with Rick Williams and Karen Murray of Van Meter Williams

Westlake Urban recently sat down with Rick Williams and Karen Murray, partners at Van Meter Williams Pollack, to talk about how their innovative approach to design and architecture enhances communities. Van Meter Williams Pollack is an award-winning architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco and Denver. WESTLAKE URBAN: What is VMWP’s approach to […]

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What would the world be like if women were safe?

Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane. Photo courtesy of Eleanor Preger. Westlake Urban has a long history of including public art at its properties. This month, we’re proud to continue the tradition with the announcement that Truth is Beauty, the 55-foot steel and LED sculpture by local Bay Area artist Marco Cochrane, will be arriving […]

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55-foot Tall Woman Sculpture to be Installed at San Leandro Tech Campus

TREASURE ISLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Although women still make up a small number of tech workers, a new tech campus going up in San Leandro is going to have a prominent woman at the front. A 55-foot steel sculpture of a woman that lit up Burning Man four years ago is being re-assembled by the […]

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Popular Treasure Island Sculpture “Truth Is Beauty” Moves to San Leandro

A popular piece of local art is on the move, but don’t worry, it’s not going too far. The 55-foot steel sculpture “Truth is Beauty” is moving to the San Leandro Tech Campus from Treasure Island. The sculpture, which weighs 13,000 pounds, has 2,500 individual LED lights. Truth is Beauty first made its full appearance […]