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.

Does Urban Agriculture Have a Real Future in San Francisco, California?

by Rob Poole

After reading articles about residents growing vegetables in their backyards and seeing community gardens sprouting (pun intended) up in dense cities, I have become intrigued by this idea of growing your own produce inst... Read article

Oakland, California’s New Transit-Oriented Development Redefines Space

by Rob Poole

Oakland continues to bring new development and innovation to its neighborhoods. Next up is the MacArthur Transit Village (MTV), an impressive urban planning initiative to be built in Temescal beside the MacArthur BART st... Read article

Achieving Equity in a World of Social Disparity: #thegrid Discusses Urban Planning Challenges and Solutions to Achieving Social Equity and Inclusiveness

by Rob Poole

How do you achieve social equity and inclusiveness through urban planning? In order to answer this question, we must first define these terms. PolicyLink defines equity as such, “Just and fair inclusion. An equitable s... Read article

Richmond, California's Safe Return Project Inspires Change

by Rob Poole

How can we most effectively prevent crime? America has invested a lot of money in its prison system. In fact, the FY 2013 budget requests $8.6 billion for federal prisons and detentions according to the US Department of ... Read article

The Oakland Art Murmur Brings New Life to the City

by Rob Poole

On the first Friday of every month, 20,000 people scour the streets of Oakland to participate in a unique event that plays host to art exhibits, performers, food trucks and numerous intriguing sights. First Friday has be... Read article

How an Oakland, California Neighborhood Went from Grunge to Hipster-Magnet

by Rob Poole

Like many of its Bay Area counterparts, Oakland, California is a city full of diverse neighborhoods, comprised of unique identities blending and interacting to form one of the region’s primary destinations. Temescal i... Read article

Fruitvale Village: A Model for Transit-Oriented Development

by Rob Poole

Nested in California’s East Oakland is a culturally vibrant neighborhood known as Fruitvale. In 1999 the city began construction on a transit-oriented development project called Fruitvale Village, which was completed in ... Read article

San Francisco’s Bay Area’s BART Faces Challenges Over Ridership Safety

by Rob Poole

The Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART as it is commonly known, is an expansive public transit system in California’s San Francisco Bay Area that has a reputation for being unsafe. Transit police is not a concept unique to ... Read article

East Bay Borders: Street Landscape Discrepancies Within California’s Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville

by Rob Poole

I have lived in Berkeley, California for four-and-a-half years now. Of the many unique characteristics in this region, including the bordering cities of Oakland and Emeryville, the one trend that has stuck out most to me... Read article

From the Man Himself – Planning Director John Rahaim of San Francisco, California Speaks on the City’s Present State and Future

by Rob Poole

On the evening of January 29, 2013, roughly 150 people gathered in SPUR’s Urban Center to listen to San Francisco’s Planning Director speak about the city’s present state and future initiatives in an event contentiously ... Read article

Place and Space Determine Neighborhood Health In Oakland, California

by Rob Poole

“Where you live is probably a bigger determinant of your health than whether you have health insurance,” as quoted in a Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) report from 2008. In West Oakland, where 45%... Read article

Amidst a Crisis, San Francisco Needs Secondary Dwelling Units

by Rob Poole

Affordable housing is scarce in the city of San Francisco. Low-income residents and students a-like struggle to get by in a city that is so full of opportunity, yet so economically biased.  One viable option towards solv... Read article