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Parklets in Sacramento?

As you may know, for the past eight years Mogavero Notestine Associates has been actively engaged in Park[ing] Day, which is an annual event which helps to bring attention to the benefit of parks in our community through the creation of short-term parklets, which last for only one day: over the years we’ve been involved […]

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Park[ing] Day 2013 – popup parks greening the Midtown grid

Friday 20 September was Park(ing) Day – an event Mogavero Notestine Associates has participated in since just after its inception in 2005. (http://parkingday.org) (http://rebargroup.org/parking-day/) This year, for the first time, the section of 20th street between K & J was almost completely filled with popup parklets, ranging from the silly and fun to the sublime, […]

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Sacramento Railyards: A Peek Inside

For many years, I have been looking across a large expanse of a fenced-off “no-man’s land” at the old brick locomotive works buildings in the middle of Sacramento’s abandoned Railyards.  Today, one of the buildings was opened up to the public for a couple of hours.  It was fascinating to see the enormous spaces that […]

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Cesar Chavez Plaza

American Planning Association recognized Cesar Chavez Plaza in Sacramento as a “2012 Great Public Place”….

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Prototype Cabin for Homeless Developed by Mogavero Notestine Associates

Great news on the efforts to reduce homelessness in Sacramento…

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Chalk It Up!

The Sacramento Chalk It Up festival was in full form this Labor Day weekend….

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New Urbanist Development

One of my favorite suburban master-planned projects is I’on in South Carolina, in the “Lowlands” near Charleston. It’s an excellent  example of a New Urbanist project.   While it is unfortunately a “green field” development (not infill) and relies far too much on auto commutes, it is a beautiful place.  The buildings are traditional, but not […]

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Living In An MNA-Designed Eco-Urban House

I was a happy, dedicated Davis resident, who thoroughly enjoyed the bicycle paths, greenbelts and kid-centric culture but my wife, daughter and I moved to West Sacramento for one simple reason: being able to purchase a super-sustainable, ultra-chic eco-urban home in the Good project…

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Colonia San Martin

Colonia San Martin is designed to provide permanent and supportive housing to formerly homeless, low-income individuals with disabilities and/or families where at least one member has a disability….

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Construction begins on affordable housing project in Live Oak, California

Demolition has begun and soon the site will be ready for new development…

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Rochdale Grange – Woodland

Rochdale Grange is a 44 unit, neighborhood friendly, multi-family complex that is designed to emulate a traditional craftsman style home in historic Woodland. The project consists of 8, two-story buildings and a separate community building with a second level manager’s unit. Unlike typical garden style apartments that often create an isolated community, Rochdale Grange addresses […]

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Governor Brown must focus on the real cause of cities’ ills

While mayor of Oakland, Gov. Jerry Brown attempted to jump-start the construction of substantial new housing downtown. He found it tough going for many reasons, including challenges brought under the California Environmental Quality Act. His frustration has led him to focus on reforming the CEQA process for infill development.

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Metro Square

Located near downtown Sacramento, Metro Square was developed through a partnership between a merchant builder and the local redevelopment agency. This infill market-rate single family housing project helped transform the central city housing market. The project featured 45 single family homes on 2.2 acres (21 dwelling units to the acre) which ranged in size from […]

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Coffee Works

The design for this remodel and expansion communicated the company’s central identity as a roaster of fine coffee while expanding opportunities for on-site retail sales. The facade was redesigned to incorporate more light and visual identity into what was an older, utilitarian commercial building. The roaster and cafe now has an airy feeling indoors and […]

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CSUS Ramona Village

Our firm was chosen to help California State University Sacramento create a master plan for a faculty and staff housing village southeast of the main campus in an emerging enterprise zone for clean tech and green companies. The proposed 25-acre, mixed-use neighborhood will be within walking distance of the campus and provide a mix of […]

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Sacramento Food Co-Op

For this exciting project we designed improvements to an existing vacant 16,000 square foot building to accommodate a grocery store and food court restaurant area; both spaces have indoor and outdoor seating and a small stage…

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Carrington Circle

Carrington Circle was an existing, affordable housing project that had been purchased by a non-profit housing developer with the intent of rehabilitating the 78-unit complex that had fallen into a serious state of disrepair. Crime and gang related activities were serious problems at the site, and our design work sought to make the units and […]

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Turns out where you live can affect your health

I found this study done by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to be very intriguing….and sobering. Article at nejm.org Being somewhat of a health and fitness enthusiast, I find that sometimes it is easy to jump to judgment, and criticism, of those who appear to be out of shape, overweight, and unhealthy. It […]

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Good Project

Good is a high-density residential project in West Sacramento with a site plan that includes 33 single-family detached homes and two duplexes with a mix of two and three-story building types, and a unique eco-urban aesthetic. With ground floor garages, each home has living areas and a balcony on the second level with bedrooms on the ground floor as well as on the second or third floors. The site has a community garden and open space situated around four heritage oak trees and an urban park. The park serves as a front porch to the community and can be observed by ground floor studios or offices and second floor decks.

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Martin Luther King Boulevard Streetscape & Urban Design

This master plan envisions the revitalization of Martin Luther King Boulevard in south Oak Park, a challenged neighborhood with tremendous opportunities…

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Grass Valley – General Plan Update

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Grass Valley is a Gold Rush era town with significant historical resources; MNA helped the City of Grass Valley update its General Plan in October of 2006….

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Chico Avenues

The Avenues was a strategic visioning exercise in Chico, to help the community quantify its goals while developing specific approaches to meeting those goals….

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Circle S

Proposed – Sacramento, California This project envisions the creation of a new pedestrian-friendly neighborhood in the heart of San Pablo.

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City Walk Condominiums

m4s0n501 Sacramento, California Sustainable architecture, characterized by responsible site selection, promotes broad community benefits and reduced ecological impact. CityWalk Townhomes provide diverse housing options in a central city neighborhood within easy walking and biking distance to 100,000 jobs, schools and community.

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Loma Rica Ranch – Specific Plan

Originally approved as a thoroughbred horse ranch, Loma Rica Ranch in the Nevada County foothills was poised for development. Our firm was asked to provide concept and schematic designs for development…

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1200 Park Avenue

Covering an entire city block, the architectural design presents an urban, three story face to the Avenue and a two-story residential scaled facade to the single-family residential street behind. Heritage trees were preserved throughout the site.

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Antelope Special Planning Area

Our firm acted as the consulting planner to the Sacramento County Planning & Community Development Department in developing the Antelope Special Planning Area…

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Urban League of Sacramento

Our firm provided architecture and development management services for The Greater Sacramento Urban League. The shape of the Urban League building expresses the many sustainable design techniques used throughout the structure and illustrates a comprehensive approach to sustainable architecture; incorporating classrooms, offices, an auditorium, child care facility and support services, this building is energy efficient as well as humanistic.

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River’s Side at Washington Square

River’s Side is an infill mixed use project in an emerging neighborhood across the river from downtown Sacramento. The project consists of 26 detached, zero lot line, single-family homes along with a mixed use building anchoring one of the site corners.

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Freedom Park Drive – Specific Plan

Our firm assisted the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and the North Highlands community in creating preemptive community development strategies in anticipation of the closure of McClellan AFB and in developing post closure land use strategies….

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Check here often for MNA’s ongoing series of audio podcasts, image podcasts, and videocasts.

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