William Gilchrist Oakland's New Visionary

Oakland has selected William Gilchrist as its new planning and building director. The former New Orleans planner will head a 142-person department that reviews real estate projects and approves building permits in the city, which is undergoing a historic construction boom with over 3,000 new housing units.

Gilchrist views the City as intersecting a crossroads. He talked to the Business Times about his vision in addressing critical needs facing Oakland today and in the future.

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