Considering that 130,000 people live there, Concord has a low profile in the Bay Area. It’s the city above Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County, or the string of exits along Interstate 680 on your way north to the Benicia Bridge and points beyond.
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“We were attracted by the possibility of thinking about how to make suburban experiences more communal,” said Craig Hartman, the architect leading the design efforts by the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. “You want the right kind of density in the right places . . . It’s such an extraordinary site.”