Rob Poole

Rob Poole graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in City and Regional Planning. He grew up in San Diego, but now resides in San Francisco. He currently works at a non-profit organization in San Francisco that advocates for new housing development for all income levels in the City. He also interns with Streetsblog San Francisco. Rob plans to pursue a career that promotes civic engagement in cities and improves the public process for local governments.

Proxy Brings “Flexible Urbanism” to San Francisco

by Rob Poole

San Francisco, California is a city that fosters new ideas while maintaining its unique neighborhood culture. While this mentality may seem odd, especially to those who have never been to the City by the Bay, it has also... Read article

Cruising Down the Green Lane: Recapping #thegrid Twitter Chat on Bicycle Infrastructure in Cities

by Rob Poole

Last week, Global Site Plan’s The Grid co-hosted a TweetChat with The Green Lane Project about implementing bike infrastructure in cities. Over forty bike-enthusiasts joined us to share their wisdom on the topic. What ca... Read article

Three Reasons Why Non-Cyclists Should Be Pro-Bike

by Rob Poole

Let’s face it - not everyone rides a bike. According to a study from the National Household Travel Surveys, less than two percent of Americans cycle per day. That number will differ elsewhere, but the point is a small ... Read article

Gourmet Mobile Food Truck Markets Abuzz in San Francisco

by Rob Poole

The trucks are parked, the crowd is hungry and the aroma is intoxicating. Welcome to Off the Grid, not to be confused with The Grid. The San Francisco Bay Area is fortunate enough to host twenty-three weekly markets, com... Read article

Bringing the Bicycle to Your City: #TheGrid Discusses the Implementation of Bike-Friendly Infrastructure in Urban Cores

by Rob Poole

Do you ride your bike in the city? If you answered yes, you probably live somewhere where you feel safe commuting. If you answered no, chances are the idea of being on a bike surrounded by cars sounds dangerous. Urban ... Read article

How Did San Francisco Get So Expensive?

by Rob Poole

San Francisco is suffering from a housing affordability crisis. If you live in the Bay Area, this topic is all too familiar. The headlines are everywhere, prices keep going up and any kind of solution seems non-existent.... Read article

San Francisco's New Transbay Center: A Commitment to Sustainable Growth

by Rob Poole

San Francisco is on its way to hosting the most significant transit hub on the United State’s western coast. The Transbay Transit Center will connect eight Bay Area counties through 11 transit lines, including the Califo... Read article

Empowering Social Change at OpenPlan's Planning Camp

by Rob Poole

On Sunday, October 12, 2013, I attended Planning Camp at Laney College in Oakland, California. About fifty people of various backgrounds gathered into an auditorium to discuss how urban planning and technology can be bri... Read article

Your New Ride Comes With a Pink Mustache: Ridesharing Legalized in California

by Rob Poole

Welcome to the future of transportation. Download an app, tap the screen on your iPhone or Android device to locate yourself on the map and hit “Request.” It’s easy, it’s fun and now, it’s legal. Lyft is part of a growi... Read article

Welcoming New Retail: Recapping #thegrid Twitter Chat on Pop-up Shops

by Rob Poole

Global Site Plans’ The Grid recently dug into the world of pop-ups. After exploring the topic in our previous post, we partnered with Storefront and Popuphood on Twitter, following #thegrid, to dive deeper into the subje... Read article

The Desperate Need for Effective Regional Planning in The San Francisco Bay Area

by Rob Poole

Between 2010 and 2040, the Bay Area’s nine counties are projected to add: 1.1 million jobs and 2.1 million people and 660,000 homes. On July 18th, the Bay Area took a major step in addressing its long-term regional growt... Read article

Welcoming Popuphood to #thegrid Tweetchat

by Rob Poole

We are pleased to announce Popuphood will be joining The Grid and Storefront this Wednesday, September 18 to co-host our Twitter Chat. We will be discussing pop-up shops and encourage you to participate. Popuphood will p... Read article

Communities Thrive With a New Kind of Store: #thegrid Discusses the Benefits of Pop-Up Shops and the Driving Force Behind Them

by Rob Poole

Retail has long been perceived as a stationary industry. Unless they were going out of business, stores were expected to stay in the same spot for years. However, a recent movement is changing this image. Now, business... Read article