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.

It’s the BAY AREA Rapid Transit, Except for Marin…They’re Exclusive

by Rob Poole

The BART, short for Bay Area Rapid Transit, is the key transportation system for the 390,000 daily riders in the San Francisco Bay Area. But if you look at the map below, you will notice a large piece of land without any... Read article

The 2013 Top 10 Websites For City Builders - With Coverage of the Top 20

by Rob Poole

Shortly after posting our last Top 20 list, Brent Toderian, an engaged Twitter follower and professional urban planner, suggested we compile a list of websites for “multidisciplinary urbanists / city-builders.” To make a... Read article

Freeway Underpasses as Opportunities for Celebration

by Rob Poole

President Eisenhower may have not been aware, when signing the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, that many of the 41,000 miles of road would be built through densely populated areas, but that’s exactly what happened. The ... Read article

A Match Made In Heaven Shows Why Pop-Up Retail Works

by Rob Poole

Pop-up retail has always been possible, but maybe it just took the right group of people to make it work on a large scale. Storefront is a start-up company that helps businesses limited to just the web lease out vacant s... Read article

Introducing 21st Century Urbanism - Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice

by Rob Poole

Whether you want an introduction to urban planning or are looking to become a city guru, Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice is your source for knowledge on the topic. Published by ICMA Press, in coopera... Read article

Preparing for the Population Wave: Transit & New Housing Coordination in San Francisco

by Rob Poole

Between 2010 and 2040, San Francisco will need 92,410 new housing units and 191,000 more jobs to accommodate its growing population. The city alone will take in 134,000 more residents between now and 2035, while the Bay ... Read article

Where Engineers Go: The Top 10 Engineering Websites for 2013 - And Coverage of the Top 20

by Rob Poole

This past month, The Grid has brought you lists for the top 20 urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture websites for 2013. In these lists we compared our rankings to those from 2012. But this year we have ... Read article

Where Landscape Architects Go: The Top 10 Landscape Architecture Websites for 2013 - And Coverage of the Top 20

by Rob Poole

On August 28, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Landscape Architecture Websites 2012. Now, the time has come to create a new list for 2013.  This year’s Top 20 lists for urban planning and architecture were relea... Read article

San Francisco’s Waterfront in Search of a New Look

by Rob Poole

San Francisco has been the beneficiary—some might say victim-- of an impressive construction boom during the past 18 months. Cranes can be seen going to work in several neighborhoods around the city, both in the heart of... Read article

Why Has San Francisco, California Turned Its Back On Student-Housing?

by Rob Poole

The severe lack of affordable housing in San Francisco continues to plague the city’s residents. Students of higher education have not been exempt from this crisis, pushing aspiring young professionals into a predicament... Read article

Where Architects Go: The Top 10 Architecture Websites for 2013 - And Coverage of the Top 20

by Rob Poole

Last year we scoured the web to uncover the Top 20 International Architecture Websites 2012. After a thorough search, and with the help of Alexa International Rankings, we found the most popular sites used by both profes... Read article

Where Urban Planners Go: The Top 10 Urban Planning Websites for 2013 - And Coverage of the Top 20

by Rob Poole

Last year, The Grid went on a mission to uncover the most popular urban planning-related websites for 2012. With extensive research and the help of Alexa International Rankings, we were able to compile a list of the top ... Read article

How the East Bay Bicycle Coalition is Making Ridership Accessible to all Residents

by Rob Poole

Promoting bicycle ridership has become a widespread mission across many regions, ranging from small towns to large cities. In California’s East Bay, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) has grown to be the primary advoc... Read article