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BY COLLEEN MCHUGH
July 21, 2010

Colleen McHugh, native San Franciscan and resident SPUR photographer, will blog about a different walk through San Francisco each week of the summer, reflecting on what it means to live as a pedestrian in this city and some of the ways we can improve upon that experience. There are so many things a walk in San Francisco can be — from a protest to an errand to an active use of public space.

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
July 20, 2010

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Hayes Valley Farm [Photo Credit: flickr user edibleoffice]

Urban farming events are plentiful right now in San Francisco. Here's a summary of this week's line-up:

BY JULIE KIM
July 19, 2010

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Where will I live?
How will I get around if I can no longer walk or drive?

BY ELIZABETH HOLDEN
July 19, 2010

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Fritz Haeg's Animal Estates Snag Tower [Photo Credit: Monique Deschaines/FOR-SITE Foundation]

BY FABIANA MEACHAM
July 16, 2010

Last week's Parks and Parklets tour led a group of enthusiastic urbanists to three of the city's parklets — miniature parks built on roadway and parking spaces reclaimed for the pedestrian realm.

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BY ANIKA JESI
July 16, 2010

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BY TIMOTHEA TWAY
July 15, 2010

pollution [Photo Credit: flickr user Sam Williams]

BY JON ROGERS
July 14, 2010

Determined to see changes occur in their neighborhoods despite tight city budgets, many DIY Urbanists are taking matters into their own hands. They are rolling up their sleeves to make improvements to their built environment by planning, designing, and implementing projects. Because DIY Urbanism projects are conceived by individuals and implemented on tight budgets, innovation and creativity are key ingredients in any DIY project.

BY BEN LOWE
July 14, 2010

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[Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

The San Francisco Department of Elections announced on Monday that the Fix Muni Now campaign had submitted enough voter signatures to qualify their Muni reform measure for the ballot.

BY JORDAN SALINGER
July 13, 2010

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Golden Gate Bridge, circa 1933 [Photo via Historypin user megscannell]

BY FABIANA MEACHAM
July 12, 2010

Policy wonks across the state will  be thrilled to discover the Public Policy Institute of California's recently released CA2025 report, a "briefing kit" covering California's most important long-term policy issues.

BY TIMOTHEA TWAY
July 12, 2010

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[Photo Credit: Timothea Tway]

BY ANIKA JESI
July 9, 2010

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Signing petitions for the Fix Muni Now campaign. [Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

BY EMILY EHLERS
July 9, 2010

This Week: JAPAN

For evident selfish reasons, I like to tout the Golden State as the breeding ground for innovation. And as California attempts to build the first high-speed rail (HSR) network in the country, it's tempting to consider ourselves warriors heralding in a new day for transportation. Really, though, HSR has been successful for decades in Asia and Europe. Nations from South Africa to South Korea are doing precisely what California hopes to achieve.

BY JORDAN SALINGER
July 6, 2010

Crime and unemployment: two things cities consistently battle with, but rarely like to talk about. While it may seem like these two issues are linked, with crime rising out of necessity, GOOD's recent infographic shows that a positive correlation may not exist. Working with Part and Parcel, a small design firm in New York, GOOD's Transparency graphic confronts this issue in a very direct manner.

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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