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June 24, 2010

Alleys serve many purposes and people, often all in the same space. They provide back access so that service vehicles and garages don't conflict with transit and pedestrians, and so that main frontages can be preserved for shops and lobbies. They provide affordable and quirky commercial spaces for small businesses.

BY JORDAN SALINGER
May 13, 2010

Data. The mere mention of the word can overwhelm, baffle, and cause general disorientation. In its raw state, or as displayed in traditional forms such as pie charts and bar graphs, data has a tendency to elicit these negative reactions. This confusion occurs when the reader is unable to decipher what story is being told, or why they are being told it.

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
May 5, 2010

Our second installment of the Photos of the Week posting features images submitted by SPUR members and friends. If you are interested in seeing your own photos show up in the Photos of the Week, please add your shots to our Flickr Pool!
 

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
April 15, 2010

We are starting a new posting series with the hopes of engaging the creative points-of-view of the SPUR community. Each week we will feature a few photos from SPUR members and friends in a "Photos of the Week" blog. If you are interested in participating, please upload your images to our Flickr Group Pool. Include a caption, if applicable.

BY ESTHER
April 6, 2010

In Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development, Joan Fitzgerald, director of the Law, Policy and Society Program at Northeastern University, showcases how some cities have taken the lead in creating policy that is mutually beneficial to both the environment and economic development. Ms.

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
April 5, 2010

SPUR is co-hosting with the AIA a lunchtime lecture on bottom-up sustainability practices in India.  “Grass roots green” refers to the design approaches in India and other developing countries, which look to innovatively use traditional common-sense methods, knowledge and approaches to minimize consumption.  Speakers Nimish Patel and Parul Zaveri, cofounders of the Indian design firm, Abhikram, will sha

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
March 19, 2010

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BY JULIE KIM
March 3, 2010

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[Despite historic shortfalls, SPUR believes the SFMTA can balance its budget without further service
cuts and fare hikes.]

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
March 1, 2010

After learning about new plans for San Francisco's public realm—widened sidewalks and bike lanes on Cesar Chavez Street and throughout the Mission District, a complete makeover of...

BY BEN LOWE
February 26, 2010
In response to the looming budget deficits faced by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, SPUR Executive Director Gabriel Metcalf today sent a letter to the MTA outlining a set of measures that could balance the budget this year and next, while avoiding service cuts and fare hikes.  The twenty-eig...
BY TESSA
February 24, 2010

imageClimate change is a global problem, and the San Francisco Bay Area is especially threatened. Around one thousand miles of shoreline frame the region, so we will be greatly affected by sea level rise and intensified storm activity.

BY BEN LOWE
February 19, 2010

Putting together this Arizona light-rail system, a TIGER grant recipient, created jobs.Public transportation gets millions of Americans to and from their jobs every day. ...

BY JULIE KIM
February 5, 2010

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[Image: flickr user VancityAllie]

BY BEN LOWE
February 3, 2010

An SF resident named Gavin bikes the streets.The recession has caused both...

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
January 29, 2010

Streetfood is not new.  In fact, since the existence of streets and the commoditization of food, streetfood has been an integral aspect of daily life for cultures around the world.  That being said, it is undeniable that there has been a growing trend in San Francisco and other American cities towards selling a creative array of food – from Korean tacos to crème brulée – prepared on the street.

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
January 22, 2010

As students rushed home for the day, SPUR members filtered in for a tour of the San Francisco Friends School.  Built in 1906 after the earthquake and fire, the building housed Levi Strauss & Co. until 2002.  Fundraising for the Friends School began in 2006, and classes commenced in September of 2008.  Peter Pfau and Kami Kincaid of

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
January 20, 2010

As someone who has lived in this city for virtually my entire life, there is one thing I know for sure – parking is a pain.  Were I to calculate the total time I’ve wasted cruising for a parking space or the total amount of money I’ve spent in parking tickets, I might go insane.  However, we are not just losing our time, money, and sanity in this parking climate.  We are also ...

BY BEN LOWE
January 5, 2010

Old map of Washington, DCThis past fall, a group of SPUR board members and staff traveled to Washington DC to learn from the urban-planning successes of our nation's capital; today, three members of that group presented their findings at a lunchtime forum.

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
December 18, 2009

A paper this week in what is arguably the world's most prestigious scientific journal, Nature, says that the last time the Earth warmed up as much as it will under climate change, sea levels rose about 8 meters. This means that global sea level rise over the coming decades may be about twice as worse as we thought.

- posted by Colleen
December 18, 2009

Deputy Director Sarah Karlinsky was featured in a short film this week on the future of San Francisco’s streets.

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
December 1, 2009

imageFall programming concluded November 18th with bikes, parks and policy in the City of Light. Writer and lecturer Marilyn Clemens illustrated current trends in Parisian roadway and park design, which follow the geometry of the classical era, while also redefining the purpose of public space.

BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
November 24, 2009

The Young Urbanist [Literature] in the City forum at SPUR on November 10th presented a lively discussion on this topic and other aspects of the history and culture of San Francisco’s literary community.  Stephen Elliott of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto and editor of The Rumpus, writer and City Lights editor Elaine Katzenberger, and Filipino American poet and professor...

BY BEN LOWE
November 20, 2009

Windfall for All coverStudy after study has shown that cities prioritize development that lets visitors and residents walk, bicycle, or take public transit to get around, people are healthier and have far less negative...

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