Truly great ideas are rarely generated through individual strokes of genius, but rather through a synergistic process of great ideas building on one another. Please share links, photos, videos, etc. of what you'd like to see on the SDC redevelopment site, and we will post them here in the order they are received.
Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of houses or apartments gathered around a shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas.
A social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North America until the mid-1920s, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, travelers, scientists, politicians, singers, violinists, pianists, bands and orchestras. Today, only a handful of Chautauqua communities survive.
Falkirk Cultural Center, owned and operated by the City of San Rafael, is a beautiful 19th century estate listed on the National Historic Register. This elegant three-story home was built in 1888. The Cultural Center and its beautiful gardens have served the Marin community since 1974.
Corps are organizations that engage young adults and post-9/11 veterans in service addressing conservation and community needs. Through a defined term of service, Corps participants – or “Corpsmembers” – gain work experience and develop in-demand skills.
Green String Institute’s mission is to educate a new generation of farmers on how to respect the earth and respond to the needs of the environment as they raise food that brings health to local populations. Visit Green String Farm and farm stand in Petaluma, CA at 3571 Old Adobe Rd.
The US is the largest economy in the world and the biggest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases, which drives climate change. Since 2008, ISC has been working with municipal and community leaders, companies, and nonprofits to accelerate climate and sustainability solutions.
The supported living model of Sweetwater Spectrum is based on co-housing, and offers choice to its residents with individual, customized and flexible programs, supporting life skills training, continuing education, gardening, art/music, exercise and healthy lifestyles.
The American Community Gardening Association is a binational, nonprofit membership organization of supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. ACGA’s website provides information, tools, links, and resources for starting a community garden and locator tool for finding the nearest community garden.
1/10/21: Possible lessons to be learned from closure and redevelopment of 3 military bases:
Baldwin Park in Orlando, FL
Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
Lowry in Denver, CO
(pdf submitted by Nancy Padian)
1/4/21: Many in the local community support the idea of a community pool and recreation center. Click on the link below to see the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse in the planned community of Newpark Town Center near Park City, UT. Could we create something similar?
Some members of the community have suggested moving Dunbar Elementary School to the SDC campus. Pros? Cons? How would you feel about that? What would that look like? Share your opinion by clicking on the link below.
1/2/21: Fort Mason in San Francisco should be considered as a potential model for some use of Eldridge. While it has a semi-commercial nature, it is organized as a nonprofit and serves primarily as a cultural benefit for locals and visitors. (Randall Kay)
12/19/20: Sustainable Sonoma's housing strategy calls for building affordable housing on the SDC redevelopment site, aka Eldridge (Strategy 3 starting on page 27). Click below to read the full report.
12/18/20: The Glen Ellen Forum SDC/Eldridge Committee applauds this vision developed by the Sonoma Ecology Center and believes it should be a factor in development of the Specific Plan.
12/16/20: Check out the link below to the Swaner Preserve and Eco-Center, adjacent to the planned community and LEED certified Newpark Town Center, Park City, Utah. I think we could draw on some of the concepts and building techniques, although Newpark Town Center is busier and more touristy than what I would personally hope for the the SDC. (Alice Horowitz)
12/16/20: The Newpark Town Center planned community is much busier and touristy than what I personally would wish for the SDC, but we could possibly learn a lot from the planning process for this development that sits on the edge of the 1,200 acre Swaner Preserve. (Alice Horowitz)
12/15/20: Modern society requires outdoor lighting for a variety of needs, including safety and commerce. The International Dark-Sky Association recognizes this but advocates that any required lighting be used wisely. To minimize the harmful effects of light pollution, lighting should
In response to broad public rejection of the Sonoma County Planning Team's proposed alternatives for the SDC Specific Plan, the North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council has written a letter to Sonoma County Supervisors. Support their efforts by signing this petition. Click below to sign.