Many who joined the latest SPUR study trip to San Jose were impressed to see how much the city has changed physically in the past few decades. These changes have helped accommodate considerable population growth - San Jose grew from under 100,000 residents in 1950 to 460,000 in 1970 to nearly 800,000 today.
Across the Bay Area, only one in 10 commuters takes transit to work each day. And half of those transit commuters go to one job center: downtown San Francisco. But since most work is outside of downtowns, SPUR is trying to understand a little more about emerging suburban and non-downtown job centers.
DIY Urbanism is a movement that arose in part from projects born out of the recession and resulting limited funds. But one project that has a more direct link than most is the San Francisco Arts Council's Art in Storefronts program.
An Outdoor Living Room in Los Angeles [Image courtesy of ciclavia]
SPUR's Park(ing) Day 2009 installation [Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]
A prototype for a bike rack designed by David Baker + Partners [Photo Credit: David Baker]
A patch of greenery at Hayes Valley Farm [Photo Credit: Fabiana Meacham]
An example of "Palletecture" from I-Beam Design [Photo via I-Beam Design]
While living in the suburbs often appears less expensive than living in the city, this is often not the case when factoring in transportation costs. The Center for Neighborhood Technology just released an expanded version of their housing and transportation index which provides a comprehensive view of neighborhood affordability.
[The Vendor Power! poster breaks down NYC's rules and regulations for street vendors. Photo courtesy of Making Policy Public]
The Levi's Workshop on Valencia Street [Photo Credit: flickr user thepostfamily]
Hayes Valley Farm extends to the very edge of a more traditional urban scene [Photo Credit: Fabiana Meacham]
[Photo Credit: flickr user notaboutwill]
[Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]
Plug-in cars in San Francisco [Photo Credit: flickr user felixkramer]
Reflected Loop [Image via San Francisco Arts Commission]
The California High Speed Rail Authority met yesterday in San Francisco. The agenda was packed with many interesting things including a new station area development policy.
As a budding apiarist, I was devastated to hear about the Hayes Valley Farm incident last week. An unknown person sprayed two beehives with household pesticides - destroying the hives and killing thousands of bees. Hayes Valley, the community farm in San Francisco, used the San Francisco Bee-Cause beehives in to help educate Bay Area residents about beekeeping and urban farming.