Jobs, Housing, Transit and Traffic by Vu-Bang Nguyen, Urban Habitat

Sunnyvale, CA

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"Jobs, Housing, Transit and Traffic."  Vu-Bang Nguyen, Land Use and Housing Coordinator for Urban Habitat, shows how the shortage of housing and lack of quality transit near job centers results in long commutes, congestion, social equity issues and environmental harm and offers solutions. Discussion to follow. Snacks provided. Thursday, October 18; 7-8:30 PM;  Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA http://www.heritageparkmuseum.org/  Hosted by Sunnyvale Cool; made possible by a generous grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Acterra, Transition Silicon Valley, GreenTown Los Altos, the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Urban Habitat, Transform, the American Planning Association California Northern Section.  Free.  Registration requested:  http://sunnyvalecool.eventbrite.com 
 
As the Silicon Valley economy rebounds, 67% of the projected job growth and its largest workforce will be in sectors paying less than $50,000 annually. Yet, regional plans for housing and transportation do not meet the needs of this workforce.  What are the effects of this shortage of housing and lack of quality transit near job centers on commutes, congestion, social equity and the environment?  How can these consequences be addressed?  

Vu-Bang Nguyen, Land Use Program Coordinator, studied Architecture at the University of California (UC) - Berkeley with an emphasis on City and Regional Planning and Design in the Third World while also working for the City Planning Departments of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley, CA. He continued his studies at UC - Berkeley and completed a Masters in City and Regional Planning with an emphasis on Community Development and Land Use Planning. His research included working with the San Jose Redevelopment Agency on increasing community engagement in the City’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, especially among San Jose’s Vietnamese American population. After City Planning positions for the City of Berkeley and Town of Los Gatos, Vu-Bang switched to the private development side as a Project Manager for a real estate development company in San Jose, CA. He is Urban Habitat's site coordinator for the Great Communities Collaborative, working in several planning efforts throughout the Bay Area. Vu-Bang is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Vu-Bang Nguyen co-authored the recent report, Moving Silicon Valley Forward, on which this presentation is based. http://urbanhabitat.org/node/6909 

Made possible by a generous grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Co-sponsored by Acterra, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Urban Habitat, Transform, Transition Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the American Planning Association California Northern Section.  AICP CM 1.5 approved