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Image caption: Caltrans has received $680,000 in federal funding to explore alternatives for reconnecting communities along the I-980 in Oakland.
Rerouting Past Wrongs

California lawmakers are exploring ways to reconnect urban neighborhoods torn asunder during the interstate highway construction boom of the 1950s and ’60s.

Image caption: The future of malls looks like one where the rich get richer while lower-end malls simply die out.
Mall Culture and the American Dream

Shopping malls revolutionized how Americans shopped, socialized, and lived. Now, malls face an uncertain future. How did the dream of a new town square go so wrong?

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Neighbors challenge Pajaro housing project

PAJARO—A group of Pajaro neighbors has filed a lawsuit against a developer, the County of Monterey and its Board of Supervisors, challenging an agricultural workforce housing project in Pajaro that would place 45 units on Susan Street, a dead-end road …

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A unique museum/micro-hotel overcomes dissent to get approval in Pacific Grove.

Jon Kramer loves all things rocks, gems and fossils, and is convinced he can build a successful business around his lifelong hobby in a mash-up between a geological museum, a small retail space and a mini-boutique hotel inside an empty…

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The future of development in Soledad hangs in the balance as a proposed annexation comes up for a vote.

It’s not a question of whether Soledad needs to grow – most everyone agrees on yes. The question is how.

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New businesses and apartments in formerly decrepit buildings are bringing life to Oldtown Salinas.

A watershed moment is happening in Salinas’ downtown. With the remodeling of two iconic buildings underway, a transformation that was already in progress is coming to fruition. The Dick Bruhn building, vacant since a 2016 fire, will be 19 apartments…

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CSUMB proposes a public/private partnership to build a 72-acre, mixed-use housing project.

At the corner of 2nd Avenue and Eighth Street in Marina sits a 55-acre asphalt wasteland, a vestige left over from Fort Ord days, now an unused part of the CSU Monterey Bay campus.

Image caption: It may not seem like it, but California has too many parking spaces.
New Housing and Climate Law Cuts Back on Parking Spaces

There's too much parking! Why a new law, AB 2097, cutting back on parking space requirements in new housing and business developments could be a game changer for the climate, and the housing crisis.

Image caption: Ecology Action promotes alternative transportation year round, not just during Bike Month.
Action Heroes

For half a century, this group has reduced waste, reimagined local transportation and redesigned buildings. It’s all part of Ecology Action’s quest for sustainability.

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Walden Monterey is finally poised to sell lots to ecology-minded buyers with millions to spend.

In 2018, the Walden Monterey housing development had its debut, touting simplified living among a 600-acre oak forest off Highway 68, in the tradition of 19th-century poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Unlike Thoreau, who used lumber from the land…

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Big Sur’s Esselen Tribe Stands at the Forefront of a Movement

Sara Rubin here, thinking about how thousands of years before Monterey County as a jurisdiction even existed as an idea, it was inhabited by thousands of Indigenous people who called this place home. Numerous villages all over the region were…

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The long-dormant Paraiso Springs Resort project gets an extension on construction.

Set in a canyon at the eastern base of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Paraiso Springs Resort calls for 73 timeshare units and a 103-room hotel. The project was approved by the Monterey County Planning Commission in October 2019.

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The Pacific Grove NOAA building is sold, but new owners may not know what they’re in for.

The mystery of who purchased the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building on Point Pinos in Pacific Grove for $4.8 million is solved. A mother, Yuncheng Huang, and her son, Tianzhi Chu, who live on the East Coast, proffered…

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The Boy Scouts put their slice of Big Sur on the market, and the Esselen Tribe wants it back.

Perched atop 368 acres at the north fork of the Little Sur River in Big Sur, Camp Pico Blanco has been a jewel of the local Boy Scouts council real estate portfolio for the better part of the last century,…

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Salinas approves an increase for developer impact fees as infrastructure costs are rising.

Costs across many industries have climbed over the past year, and construction is no different. That includes costs for public infrastructure, and on April 26, Salinas City Council voted 4-1 to increase development impact fees the city charges by 8…

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Osio Plaza developer is now current on rent and loan payments, and planning to bring new vendors into the space.

The Osio Plaza building on Alvarado Street belongs to the city of Monterey and, until March 2020, it was a go-to spot for independent films – at the Osio Theater – and good coffee at Cafe Lumiere. There are apartments…

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After cutting out one developer, Marina mulls revamped hotel project.

The city of Marina selected an eco-friendly vision for its newest planned hotel, which would be built in front of the Marina Shopping Center near Highway 1. The land is currently empty, but it was once home to rotted buildings…

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Gonzales Planning Commission announces vacancy

Gonzales City Council is inviting letters of interest from residents who want to serve on the Gonzales Planning Commission, which currently has one position open. In 2022 and 2023, the Planning Commission will be working on the Vista Lucia and …

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Even after two shutdowns, Vistra’s Moss Landing battery plant expects to nearly double.

The investigation into what caused Vistra Corp.’s Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility to smoke up on Super Bowl Sunday is still underway. As the world’s largest battery storage facility remains shut down after two incidents in five months with no…

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