Like many cities in California's Central Valley, Bakersfield is pushing to diversify economically and build new industries. Curbed reports on recent developments in housing, transit, and urban planning in the city, including SOM's "Making Downtown Bakersfield" plan.
The Kern Council of Governments selected the City of Bakersfield in California as a recipient of the Regional Award of Merit - Local Government for its "Making Downtown Bakersfield" vision plan. SOM worked closely with city officials to develop the comprehensive urban design strategy.
In December, the Bakersfield City Council voted unanimously to hire SOM to develop the Downtown Bakersfield High-Speed Rail Station Area Plan. Part of the California High-Speed Rail System, the project will develop a vision for the downtown area around the proposed station site.