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BY JUSTIN BAKER RHETT
July 7, 2011
After suffering from the crippling effects of urban decay for decades, Newark, New Jersey city officials, lead by Mayor Cory A. Booker, are facilitating the development of 700 million dollars worth of construction projects in Newark this year.
By Sarah Karlinsky, Deputy Director
July 7, 2011

There's been a lot of hullabaloo about San Francisco's Mid-Market area lately, mostly focused on the new payroll tax exemption for businesses that locate in the neighborhood and the planned CityPlace Project, a major retail development, both approved by the city last September. But a gaggle of planners and economic development...

BY WILL HEYWOOD
July 5, 2011
When you live in San Francisco, it can be easy to forget that your standard of living is not the norm for all Californians. Not everyone in our state has such easy access to the Pacific Ocean, cascading mountains, iconic skylines and Bluebottle Coffee.
By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
July 5, 2011
In the 1970s, we crossed a global threshold when the rate of human demand for ecological resources began to outpace the rate at which nature could provide them. Today, we consume the equivalent of 1.5 earths in terms of the resources we use and the natural systems we rely on to absorb our waste.
BY JUSTIN BAKER RHETT
June 30, 2011
While many American cities continue to make accommodations for cars in the evolution of their respective urban landscapes, major cities in Europe have taken the opposite approach, implementing urban development strategies that discourage car ownership and driving.  Employing methods such as closing streets to car traffic, desynchronizing streetlights and limiti...
BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
June 27, 2011
What would make a morning commute on BART a more enjoyable, engaging and productive experience? Bike repairs? Coffee and snacks? Book clubs? Short films? Spinning classes? Speed dating?
By Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director
June 23, 2011

Work on Senate Bill 375, California's anti-sprawl legislation, continued last month with a joint meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Association of Bay Area Governments. The question at hand: Should MTC and ABAG approve a set of five alternative growth scenarios to further analyze? ...

June 22, 2011

SPUR’s 31st annual Good Government Awards, held earlier this year, honored five City of San Francisco employees and teams who have performed exceptionally, becoming models for other agencies and cities around the country.

BY COLE ARMSTRONG
June 20, 2011
After observing aggressive and dangerous behavior by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on New York City streets, designer Ron Gabriel decided to focus his master’s thesis at the School of Visual Arts on the danger posed by a single NYC intersection.
BY GRETCHEN HILYARD
June 20, 2011

Since the DeYoung Brothers first founded the The Daily Dramatic Chronicle in 1865, the home of San Francisco’s pioneering newspaper has been an incubator for ideas and innovation. Within a decade of its founding, the San Francisco Chronicle had the largest circulation of any newspaper west of the Mississippi River. The company has moved twice since then, and its headquarters buildings have always represented changing ideas about design and planning in the city.

BY DALEEN SAAH
June 20, 2011
Image credit: flickr user baldheretic

Due to overwhelming demand pre-registration for this event is closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

By Sarah Karlinsky
June 16, 2011

What happens the next time we have a major earthquake on the Hayward or San Andreas Fault? What should we be doing right now to make sure we are prepared? The Association of Bay Area Governments considered these questions at its forum “Shaken Awake: Creative Ways to Strengthen Housing and Promote Resilience in Today’s Economy.”

BY LAURA TAM, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
June 16, 2011

There’s something in it for everyone to hate and something for everyone to love, but after two years, we are optimistic: We may be very close to a consensus on how to amend the San Francisco Bay Plan with new information about climate change.

BY BEN GRANT, PUBLIC REALM AND URBAN DESIGN PROGRAM MANAGER
June 16, 2011

The Ocean Beach master planning process took a big step forward this month. The project team, led by SPUR, presented four “test scenarios” at its second public meeting on June 4. Based on input from our first public meeting in January, the scenarios explore the outcomes of very different approaches to managing coastal erosion, infrastructure and ecology at Ocean Beach until the year 2100.

June 15, 2011

SPUR’s 31st annual Good Government Awards, held earlier this year, honored five City of San Francisco employees and teams who have performed exceptionally, becoming models for other agencies and cities around the country.

BY COREY MARSHALL, GOOD GOVERNMENT POLICY DIRECTOR
June 14, 2011

In the coming weeks, the SF Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will be hearing the "consensus" proposal for pension reform, which Mayor Ed Lee and a coalition of the city’s labor unions released May 24. The board has until July to make amendments and vote on the proposal.

The proposal, which projects savings of $1 billion over ten years, would:

BY ELIZABETH HOEHNKE
June 13, 2011
The 108 Treasure Island bus. Photo by flickr user juicyrai.

According to a recent analysis by the carbon-offset managers at CO2IMPACT, San Francisco tops the list of U.S. cities ready for climate change.

BY ANIKA JESI
June 10, 2011
Gold Line at East Los Angeles Civic Center Station. Photo by flickr user transitpeople.

In preparation for their relocation to Downtown L.A., Gensler, one of the world's largest architectural firms, has already envisioned how to make the neighborhood a more energized, livable place.

BY PETER ENZMINGER
June 8, 2011
Photo by Karen Chapple

Accessory dwelling units — better known as cottages, in-law apartments or granny flats — could provide an estimated 1,000 new residences near selected BART stations, research by UC Berkeley Professor Karen Chapple shows.

BY ANIKA JESI
June 6, 2011
Borneo-Sporenburg Bridge, Photo by flickr user silent stereo

As the Netherlands have no suburbs, planners in the area face the unique challenge of accommodating a growing population within the confines of dense cities, without expanding into the neighboring countryside.

BY MICAH HILT
June 2, 2011

BART station in the East Bay, photo by flickr user travesty01

BY GRETCHEN HILYARD
June 2, 2011

The recent renovation of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) by Mark Cavagnero Associates has brought much-deserved attention to this important Modernist design.

June 1, 2011

SPUR’s 31st annual Good Government Awards, held earlier this year, honored five City of San Francisco employees and teams who have performed exceptionally, becoming models for other agencies and cities around the country.

BENJAMIN GRANT, PUBLIC REALM AND URBAN DESIGN PROGRAM MANAGER
June 1, 2011

Please join us at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center on Saturday, June 4th for the Ocean Beach Master Plan Public Workshop #2.

BY COLE ARMSTRONG
May 31, 2011
 

A recent editorial by the Regional Plan Association cites this sobering stat (from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) to make the argument for a higher tax on gasoline as a way to both reduce carbon emissions and raise revenues in a time of huge fiscal shortfalls.

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