Maintaining Oakland's Character

Lunchtime Forum

Oakland has long held its own unique character, but will the high-rises and office buildings sprouting up around the city jeopardize that character? How can a city preserve something intangible, but so incredibly important, while continuing to grow in order to provide homes, services and employment? Join us as we discuss how Oakland can expand its capacity without compromising the key attributes of its neighborhoods.

+ Roberto Bedoya / City of Oakland
+ Doug Wittnebel / Gensler
+ Cindy Ma / KTGY Architecture + Planning
+ Walter Hood / Hood Design


Free to the public. Our first event of the month in each city is free to everyone.

Please check back on October 1 for registration information.

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Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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