Sunday, July 14, 2013

Placemaking in the Silicon Valley

Castro Street, Downtown Mountain View
Back in April I was interviewed by the great Russell Hancock for his radio show Inside Silicon Valley. We discussed the ongoing renaissance of Downtown Redwood City and how it came to be. Russ was kind enough to invite me back for another interview. This time it was a double interview with my friend and mentor, Bruce Liedstrand. Bruce was the Community Development Director for Redwood City when things really got under way there, and he was City Manager for Mountain View, California when they revitalized their downtown.

The three of us discussed the success of Redwood City and Mountain View and what lessons they may offer for creating more nice places within the Silicon Valley. Presently, the Silicon Valley isn't known for comfortable, walkable, and vibrant urbanism; rather, it is known for corporate office parks and car-oriented suburban development. There are great places in Silicon Valley, though, and there can be more. 

It was a great conversation. Russ is really passionate and knowledgeable of urban planning issues and he did a great job of guiding the discussion and making it relevant and interesting for a wider Silicon Valley audience. 

The interview is embedded below. I hope you like it.

If you're interested in more thoughts on Silicon Valley placemaking from Bruce and me, here are a few links for you:

Finally, you can listen to past episodes of Russ' show here or at the iTunes store.


  1. Hi Dan

    we have relocted to Mountain View from Sacramento (we are a small marketing firm) and we need small office near Redwood City, etc. We have been looking for a few weeks now on and, and recently

    having a hard time I think because our need is small.. any help would be appreciated
    Paul Mcfed

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