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POSTED BY ANIKA JESI
March 18, 2011

Teaching Urban Design

POSTED BY JENNIFER WARBURG
March 16, 2011

If the Fiscal Year 2011 budget debate in Washington has been dramatic, it has also unfolded utterly predictably. But though threats to HSR funding were foreseeable, their ultimate effect is still highly uncertain. 

POSTED BY STEPHEN TU
March 15, 2011

Several weeks ago, I attended a briefing at the SFCTA on the progress of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project. BRT along Van Ness is currently in the midst of final environmental studies and preliminary engineering. Public comment will be solicited this spring on the Environmental Impact Report, after which the project team will recommend a preferred alternative for adoption by the Authority and SFMTA boards.

POSTED BY JENNIFER WARBURG
March 14, 2011

Untitled from SPUR on Vimeo.

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.

POSTED BY ANIKA JESI
March 4, 2011

In Venezuela Housing Crisis, Squatters Find 45-Story Walkup

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 ANIKA JESI
February 28, 2011

Liberation Squares

POSTED BY JAVIER DEL CASTILLO
February 22, 2011
POSTED BY ANIKA JESI
February 21, 2011

New CarSharing Association Aims to Reduce Car Ownership
Eighteen car-sharing companies from around the globe recently formed the official "CarSharing Association" as a way to come together under the common goal of reducing car ownership and encouraging sustainable forms of urban mobility.

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 ANIKA JESI
February 14, 2011


With Detroit in Dire Straits, Mayor Invites Big Thinking
In order to take on the challenges posed by a shrinking population, lost revenue and tight budget, Mayor Bing of Detroit is making an open call for any plans, proposals and theories on how to cure the ailing city.

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.

POSTED BY ANIKA JESI
February 4, 2011

"Residents of Transit-Oriented Development Say 'No' To Transit"
What happens when a neighborhood is transit-ready, but it's residents aren't? Not much, if the community doesn't see the benefit of TOD, argues Kaid Benfield.

BY JAVIER DEL CASTILLO
February 3, 2011

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

POSTED BY ANIKA JESI
January 28, 2011


"A Miami Beach Event Space. Parking Space, Too"
A parking garage in Miami doubles as an unlikely but sought after event space because of its high-end architecture and stunning views of the city.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/us/24garage.html?em

POSTED BY COLLEEN MCHUGH + JORDAN SALINGER
January 27, 2011

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