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Bringing neighbors together to build a more sustainable, resilient
future for 
Berkeley. We envision a strong, diverse local economy,
with a greatly reduced 
dependence on fossil fuels, 
and a cooperative, rewarding, community life.

Upstreamdancer


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I have been the Founding Principal/ Design Partner/General or Business Manager of several small businesses that encompass my three passions:

* place-making & spatial design at the neighborhood scale

* catalyzing talented people

* growing respect for artists and their economic contribution to their community.

 

I have rebuilt antiquated, often condemned homes, revitalizing neighborhoods. I have published a newspaper that recycled used goods into new hands. I have worked with a City's effort to use its art as the gateway to understanding the distinct qualities of its neighborhoods. And, I continue Loni Gray Partnering as a unique Mentoring Consultancy to nurture meaningful individual and entrepreneurial efforts.

In essence, I'm about using all the unique capital of a place - both human or material - to grow economic and cultural vibrancy. Transition Towns are the scale to acheive that.

At present, I am back in school part-time, pursuing a hybrid program of architecture and sustainable design. I hope to create viable and rich alternatives to our isolating single family housing habit; models that better reflect us, nurture us, offer true privacy, and that actually partner with us to be more ecologically as well as economically sustainable. Further, I want to adapt and redesign existing neighborhood structures to promote business synergy.

It is my goal to use design to make communities more stable and resilient, more distinct and vibrant.

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Reply Upstreamdancer
8:57 PM on April 14, 2011 
What's Transition Berkeley up to for Spring to move this forward?

Had 3 chickens visit for a day to munch our oxalis ( That's what's left from a 5-family veggie garden we had in our yard several years back.)
Made them a great chicken cabana, and as a gift, they gave us 2 green eggs without the ham. Yum!

Looking for a couple who loves to garden and knows how to grow veggies in this climate, but doesn't have the dirt. We have plenty- organic too, fruit bearing trees and lots of inclination to have a simple garden in our yard! Know anyone near the Elmwood district?