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BY JORDAN SALINGER
November 12, 2009

image How fast do you have to be to outrun rising tides?  According to Will Travis, of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission this is a challenge that the Bay Area faces.

BY EGON TERPLAN, REGIONAL PLANNING DIRECTOR
November 10, 2009

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BY BEN LOWE
October 30, 2009

David Baker + Partners Architects design for the Re:Vision Dallas competitionOn October 29, architects David Baker and Amit Price Patel of David Baker + Partners Architects and...

BY JULIE KIM
October 26, 2009

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Don't miss this presentation by Sam Lubell, editor of the California edition of The Architect's Newspaper and author of Living West: New Residential Architecture in Southern California, published this month by Random House.

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BY JULIE KIM
October 26, 2009

SPUR is thrilled to welcome Ken Caldeira, head of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, to the Urban Center for a lunchtime forum.

BY BEN LOWE
October 23, 2009

Yogi Berra once posited about a restaurant suffering a perceived decline, "Nobody goes there anymore -- it's too crowded."  San Francisco parking faces the same dilemma: high parking occupancy and low turnover make parking in San Francisco a headache as drivers are forced waste upwards of 45 minutes orbiting for a space, adding to traffic and burning gasoline.

BY BEN LOWE
October 23, 2009

Tim Tompkins speaks at the SPUR Urban Center

- posted by Julie
October 22, 2009

Join us on Wednesday, November 4 at City Hall for this special event, featuring planning directors from six cities, co-sponsored by SPUR and the San Francisco Planning Department. The evening's lineup includes:

BY MARY
October 16, 2009

It's not too late to catch some sessions at the National Conference in Planning History taking place at the Oakland Marriott this weekend.

BY MARY
October 14, 2009

Want to know the person behind all of SPUR's good sustainability work? Check out planetshifter.com's interview with Laura Tam, SPUR's Sustainable Devepment Policy Director and hear Laura's thoughts on the necessary relationship between environmentally responsible practices and making good cities, how SPUR moves beyond important research to implement policy and how she works on reducing her ecological footprint at home.

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
October 8, 2009

A climate conference in Oxford concluded last week that whatever we can do to slow carbon emissions, it won't be enough to stop accelerated sea level rise. In fact, a German scientist who's widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on sea level rise, said his best guess was 1 meter this century (a lowball figure compared to the latest projections for California), and 5 meters in 300 years.

October 8, 2009

SPUR members toured the Mission Armory, the 200,000 square foot Moorish Castle Reproduction completed in 1914.  From it's completion until 1976, the Armory was used as a National Guard facility, and later joined the National Register of Historic Places.

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BY MARY
October 1, 2009

Some of the first calculations of the benefits of green roofs are coming back and they're even better than expected: replacing typical roofing materials with plants across a city the size of Detroit would be the equivalent of removing the pollution of 10,000 SUVs in a year.

BY MARY
September 30, 2009

Today was the second day of the six-week Better Market Street Project trial number one, which diverts cars headed north off of Market Street at 8th and 6th avenues, in an attempt to reduce traffic on the oft-clogged street. What a transformation! The morning bicycle commute has become a breeze and we hope will encourage more workers to choose their two-wheeled vehicle.

BY MARY
September 28, 2009

Two weeks ago the great parade of cars covered in the white desert dust returned from Black Rock City, Nevada, Burning Man's annual week-long home. Along with the many tales, burners brought back news of next year's theme: Metropolis: the life of cities.

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
September 28, 2009

This summer, somewhere in California, the state Energy Commission denied an application for a new urban natural gas-burning power plant, citing that urban solar (PV) might be a better alternative.  The CEC said that new "peakers" were not obviously the most cost-effective or environmentally preferable option to close that city's energy reliability gap.  For years, SPUR and a loose coalition of environmental advocates, led by the...

BY JULIE KIM
September 23, 2009

New York Times columnist Allison Arieff penned a piece yesterday on the temporary parks and open spaces sprouting up in San Francisco and New York City--and the opportunity for land owners (in this soft economy) to lend their empty lots to grassroots greeners.

BY JULIE KIM
September 23, 2009

Last Friday, we teamed up with the San Francisco Great Streets Project and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to participate in 2009 PARK(ing) Day, an event-cum-social movement started by Rebar in 2005.

BY JULIE KIM
September 22, 2009

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BY DAVID BONOWITZ
September 8, 2009

Twenty years after Loma Prieta, are we better prepared for our next big earthquake? A new website takes a grassroots approach to the question. 

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
August 13, 2009

Transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the fastest growing source of emissions in the U.S., and are currently responsible for almost 30% of the nation's total GHG output.

BY MARY
July 13, 2009

Should you be driving on the highway in rural northwest Norway keep your eyes peeled for more than just the natural beauty.

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
July 1, 2009

NRDC has just released a guide to SB 375, the nation's first legislation to link transportation and land use planning with global warming.  The goal of this legislation is to foster development patterns that reduce the need to drive. Household transportation is the single largest and fastest-growing source of global warming pollution in California.

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
June 30, 2009

Our friends at the Sightline Institute in Cascadia have put together a primer on the federal climate bill, aka the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), aka Waxman-Markey, that passed the U.S.

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