How New Approaches to the Storefront Are Reviving Retail

News February 16, 2018
New technology, changing demographics and shifting consumer preferences have caused a slump in sales at big-box stores, traditional shopping malls and downtown storefronts across the country. But innovative uses of space and new approaches to drawing customers into stores show signs of promise. A recent SPUR forum in San Jose explored how retailers are finding success locally.

Oakland Needs More — Here’s How to Get It

News February 15, 2018
Oaklanders have been willing to tax themselves heavily over the years, but it’s never enough to provide an adequate level of services. The need for more, and the inability to deliver it, has been a defining characteristic of the city for the last few decades. How can Oakland change this? By growing its job and tax revenue bases.

Reading the City

Urbanist Article February 6, 2018
SPUR put out the call to planners, architects, designers, developers, professors, technologists and others with a simple question: What’s your favorite book about cities? We invite you to peruse this list and read to your heart’s content.

What’s the Best Use for Oakland’s Publicly Owned Land?

News January 17, 2018
Many have asked how Oakland’s publicly owned land might be put to use to create affordable housing. The city is now working with a community coalition to develop a new policy for how public land is used. At issue is whether prioritizing affordable housing on public land would pit affordability against other important imperatives like generating funding for city services and creating well-paying local jobs.

Phasing Out Nuclear Power in California

News January 16, 2018
Nuclear power and the future of California’s electricity grid made the news last week with the announcement that the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved closing Diablo Canyon, the state’s last operating nuclear power plant. SPUR wrote about this promising idea in our 2016 report Fossil-Free Bay Area .

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