a community project


“Lara planted a seed here.  Her leadership in the early years was a catalyst for the eventual $4.4 million Fruitvale Alive Project”

Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor


Co-author of a community consensus building survey with Council Member Jean Quan and a pivotal player in the award of an early TC planning grant, Lara had a vision for the neighborhood that involved streetscape and transit improvements, public art, enhanced retail and clean streets.


This early vision and call to action remained present through the years.  A grass roots effort now ten years in the making, has resulted in signs of rejuvenation along this stretch of the MacArthur Corridor.


The project is a successful and ongoing example of creative placemaking.

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14 years later, signs of rejuvenation

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