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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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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 ANIKA JESI
January 7, 2011
BY JORDAN SALINGER
December 29, 2010

BY ANIKA JESI
December 17, 2010

Armstrong Place tour [Photo Credit: Colleen McHugh]

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]

- posted by Anika Jesi
December 10, 2010

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 ANIKA JESI
November 12, 2010

Demolition of the Transbay Terminal

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.

BY ANIKA JESI
November 5, 2010

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POSTED BY ED PARILLON
November 4, 2010

giants

[Photo Credit: flickr user NicoleAbalde]

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