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Urban Transformation Our Mission

From strategic planning to merchant organizing and galvanizing volunteers, Urban Transformation can help tap your neighborhood's full potential and help you transform it into a cleaner, safer, more attractive and inviting district with a sense of pride and place! 
  • Local governments
  • Redevelopment agencies
  • Business associations
  • Downtown organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
Urban Transformation recognizes that urban districts are exciting, diverse and rich with potential. Visit Services for further information on how Urban Transformation can transform your district!

Recent Projects!

Neighborhood Commercial District Revitalization & Management
Darlene Rios Drapkin

•  Multi-cultural Urban Business District Revitalization
•  Neighborhood Commercial District Management
•  Business Improvement District Formation and Renewal
•  Certified Main Street Management Professional


District revitalization
Oakland's Temescal District
From 2005 to 9/30/15, Darlene served as Executive Director. Guided by strong community and implementation of “CPTED” strategies and the Main Street ™ approach principles, Temescal has emerged as one of Oakland’s trendiest neighborhoods, claiming some of the SF Bay Areas’ best eateries. 
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Darlene’s firm, Urban Transformation, recently successfully assisted Oakland Lakeshore’s district in its BID renewal process and downtown Richmond to form a new property owner based BID. She directed the process for Jack London to become the newest Oakland BID with over 1600 properties.
Past Featured Project!

Artful Play Richmond
Urban Transformation is excited to announce its commitment to revitalize Richmond neighborhoods, after a twenty year successful track record focused mainly                                   on Oakland !

In conjunction with Community Ventures, as a fiscal sponsor, and Holly Carter, as the lead “play” artist, Urban Transformation was awarded a $24,000 grant through PLAY 60, Play On, an initiative presented by 50 Fund and the NFL Foundation, putting kids and families first in the Bay Area, transforming everyday spaces into places for play.

50 Fund and the NFL Foundation awarded $750,000 to 21 Bay Area cities, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals. We're proud Richmond will enjoying a new play area!

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Darlene Rios Drapkin
District Revitalization & Management