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POSTED BY EGON TERPLAN
March 11, 2011

The Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission released their Initial Vision Scenario for growth in the Bay Area at a meeting in Oakland today. By 2035, the scenario assumes the Bay Area will grow by 2 million people (to 9.4 million) and 1.2 million jobs (to 4.5 million).

POSTED BY ANIKA JESI
March 11, 2011

Largest Mall in the World is a Chinese Ghost Town
The world's largest mall, located in Southern China, is a vast ghost land with occupancy rates that hover at 1%. The mall, built to serve what may someday become a Chinese mega-city, is a glimpse at what can occur when development precedes growth.

March 10, 2011

Call for Applicants

POSTED BY ED PARILLON
March 8, 2011

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is working on an update to the city’s Long Range Transportation Plan. As part of the update, the authority has been conducting analysis of transportation patterns in the city, and looking at projected growth, and its implications.

March 2, 2011

Plans for Treasure Island are moving forward to the Planning Commission in March. SPUR is a big supporter of this plan, which will create 8,000 units of housing, 30 percent of which will be affordable, and 450,000 square feet of retail space; rehabilitate historic structures; create 300 acres of open space; and add new ferry service. We especially like the way in which the proposed new development is clustered around the new ferry terminal, as opposed to dispersed across the island.

POSTED BY STEPHEN TU
February 28, 2011

Beginning this month, Californians will have a new option for auto insurance. It’s called Pay As You Drive (PAYD), and it could save money and reduce our impact on the environment at the same time.

POSTED BY JAVIER DEL CASTILLO
February 22, 2011
POSTED BY JENNIFER WARBURG
February 21, 2011


The next several weeks in Washington promise to offer extremely important insights into the future of public transportation spending in this country.  Watershed moments are ahead for most every item on the SPUR agenda.  Here’s a quick primer of why and of what’s at stake for advocates of smart growth:
 

By Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director
February 17, 2011

The Public Policy Institute of California has just released a new series of reports assessing how prepared California is to implement Senate Bill 375, a state mandate to reduce driving through better land use planning. One report focuses on the connection between transit and jobs.

POSTED BY ED PARILLON
February 10, 2011

 

San Francisco might be the cultural center of the region, but in the technology sector the city has generally played second fiddle to the Silicon Valley. That began to change during the dot-com boom and then again more recently, a new generation of startups is setting up in neighborhoods like SoMa and Potrero Hill. (SPUR discussed the trend in its “year in urbanism” recap.)

POSTED BY JORDAN SALINGER + COLLEEN MCHUGH
February 9, 2011

 

POSTED BY JENNIFER WARBURG + GABRIEL METCALF
February 4, 2011

When it comes to global sporting events, almost as intense as the competition between star athletes is the competition between cities to play host.

That’s because hosting a major international sporting event presents a unique opportunity for a city to redefine its development goals, stimulate investment and boost tourism.

BY JAVIER DEL CASTILLO
February 3, 2011

Update: our POPOS guide is now available as an iPhone app, too!

POSTED BY COLLEEN MCHUGH + JORDAN SALINGER
January 27, 2011

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Joshua Arce
January 25, 2011

The December 21, 2010 announcement that San Francisco's polluting Potrero Power Plant would shut down by the end of the year was as much a cause for celebration as it was a reason to recount the twists and turns that it took to finally shutter the city's last fossil fuel-burning commercial power plant.

BY JORDAN SALINGER
January 24, 2011

Our new governor is proposing to eliminate redevelopment in California. Yesterday, SPUR's executive director, Gabriel Metcalf, weighed in on the debate with an opinion piece in the Chronicle, arguing that we should reform, rather than eliminate, redevelopment.

BY HEATHER MACK
January 19, 2011

[Photo Credit: flickr user Todd Gilens]

BY JORDAN SALINGER
December 29, 2010

BY ALEX SMITH
December 16, 2010

The LEED Silver San Francisco Federal Building set a standard for green construction in the city [Photo Credit: flickr user Oldvidhead]

BY FABIANA MEACHAM
November 18, 2010

[Photo Credit: flickr user Dean Terry]

By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
November 16, 2010

[Photo Credit: flickr user Ostrosky Photos]

BY MARK DREGER
November 10, 2010

Just because you can recycle it, doesn't mean you should be using it

BY JENNIFER WARBURG
November 9, 2010

This fall SPUR has featured the projects of local "Do-It-Yourself" urbanists in DIY Urbanism: testing the grounds for social change. In lean economic times, individuals have become the driving force behind some of the most successful initiatives to make San Francisco a better city, often providing the crucial impetus to address problems on a larger scale.

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