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BY ANIKA JESI
April 22, 2011
 

In the past decade, the population of Raleigh, North Carolina, has grown faster than almost any major metropolitan area, earning it the less-than-desirable nickname "Sprawleigh." In response to its reputation for bad urban sprawl, city officials have begun extensive rezoning efforts for Raleigh's 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

BY COLE ARMSTRONG
April 19, 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 MICAH HILT
April 19, 2011
SF Supervisor Scott Wiener led a tour of District 8 on April 14.
April 11, 2011
California’s continued population growth was not up for debate at the SPUR Urban Center on March 29, but the Saltworks development project in Redwood City certainly was.
By Jordan Salinger
April 8, 2011
After lying dormant for a decade, San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2 will be re-opening this month.
BY ANIKA JESI
April 8, 2011
MinnPost.com photo by Steve Berg

Skyways -- enclosed, elevated sidewalks -- have protected pedestrians from the brutal weather in Minneapolis and St. Paul for decades. But these 1970s relics have also been accused of killing pedestrian activity on city streets.

BY STEPHEN TU
April 6, 2011

After threats to reduce service by nearly half, Caltrain officials last night agreed to scale back their drastic proposed cuts. The rail system’s governing agencies have brokered a deal to avoid the worst-case scenario, which would have run only 48 trains on weekdays, a dramatic drop from the current 86.

BY GABRIEL METCALF AND JENNIFER WARBURG
April 4, 2011

While the Bay Area is still climbing out of the great recession, we’re simultaneously experiencing the makings of a second dot-com boom. The Chronicle reports that tech jobs have climbed near to their year 2000 peak of 34,116. Silicon Valley is hiring again. And so is San Francisco.

POSTED BY JENNIFER WARBURG
April 4, 2011
 

Known for its quality of life and access to nature, Seattle has long prided itself on refusing to be “world class.” But rapid growth and a diversifying population mean Seattle is changing — whether it wants to or not.

BY KAREN STEEN
March 31, 2011

 

The City of San Francisco owns 1,625 parcels of unmaintained paved land, odd alley-like spaces behind industrial buildings and beneath overpasses. Most are no wider than a city street, but together they have a combined surface area half the size of Golden Gate Park.

BY ED PARILLON
March 30, 2011

Co-working studio [Photo by flickr user ahopsi]

According to a piece in Sunday’s Chronicle, tech employment in San Francisco is approaching its dot-com peak:

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

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