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Westlake Urban Blog
Pedaling Toward a Leaner, Greener Future

Americans have long had a “love affair” with their cars, but that is changing with the millennial generation, who show a preference for living closer to jobs and are less interested in car ownership. This shift is challenging the 50-plus-year-old assumption that cars are king and creating a market demand for a more connected alternative […]

San Leandro Tech Campus
Creating a New Story about Women in Tech

Source: phillyvoice.com By now, you may have heard about the ENIAC six, the forgotten female mathematicians who pioneered computer programming. This important story recently made the rounds on social media. It is an excellent example of how a story goes viral, and then becomes part of an ongoing conversation, filling us in on important history […]

Westlake Urban Blog
The Millennial Workplace

As it turns out, workplace design is critical to the productivity and well-being of our workforce. And it also so happens that most of our work spaces were based upon designs that worked back in the day – before technology and a younger, tech-enabled generation transformed the way work is done. As a result, office […]

Bay Area
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 […]

Bay Area
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 […]

Bay Area
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 […]

Bay Area
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 […]

2000 Delaware
2000 Delaware, Workforce Housing, and the Affordability Crisis

Photo courtesy of MidPen Housing Andre Wiley, an Oakland school teacher who works two jobs to support his wife and young son, was hit with a 35 percent rent increase for a “no-frills” two-bedroom apartment. Now he’s contemplating moving to the Central Valley to find an apartment he can afford. Martha Ortega, a San Mateo […]