SPUR 2017 Annual Report

SPUR Report May 16, 2017
We are proud to share with you SPUR’s latest annual report — a look at the biggest things we got done in the last year. We invite you to learn more about our work and our vision for creating a stronger future for the Bay Area.

What’s Going Up in Downtown San Jose? Our Take on Three Trends

News May 11, 2017
The number of proposed developments in downtown San Jose is up — but only one project broke ground in the last year. Blocks are filling in with new businesses — but beloved Camera 12 Cinemas has shut its doors. These mixed signals make it hard to predict what the market will do next, but we’ve seen three clear trends play out in recent months.

Zoning's Next Century

Urbanist Article April 30, 2017
Last year, zoning turned 100. What will the next century bring? We invited planners, architects, journalists, economists and others to weigh in: What should change? What should remain? Will we, as New Urbanist Andres Duany suggests, look forward to the day zoning no longer exists at all?

How Is Oakland Doing on Its Affordable Housing Goals?

News April 26, 2017
The rate of increase in rents and home sale prices may have slowed, but Oakland still has the fourth highest rents in the nation, and housing remains unaffordable to too many. In 2016, the city set high goals for addressing the housing shortage — but how much progress has been made since then?

Why California’s New Transportation Bill Is a Really Big, Historic Deal

News April 26, 2017
Senate Bill 1, the state transportation funding bill passed by the Legislature this month, represents a monumental win for California and the Bay Area. Not only does it solve big problems for cities and transit agencies across the state, it shows that California can raise significant funding for transportation in an era of dwindling federal resources.

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