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Getting to 5 Percent by 2020: Building Better Bikeways in San Jose

April 6, 2017 By Joshua Brett, San Jose Policy Intern
In 2009, San Jose set a goal: 500 miles of bikeways and 5 percent of commutes taken by bicycle by 2020. Since then, the city has added 95 new miles of bikeways, yet the share of people commuting by bike has barely inched up. A recent SPUR forum looked at the reasons why — and how the city can build a bike network for everybody.

Lessons for Diridon: Denver’s Success Story That Almost Didn’t Happen

April 5, 2017 By Laura Tolkoff, Alex Shoor and Kenichiro Suzuki
Since Denver Union Station reopened in 2014, it has become one of the nation’s best examples of a modern intermodal train station embedded in a transit-friendly urban neighborhood. The project has a number of important lessons for the team that’s planning the transformation of San Jose’s Diridon Station into a major transportation hub with the country’s first high-speed rail station.

2017 Good Government Awards: How Robert Beck Launched the Transformation of Treasure Island

April 4, 2017
The 2017 Good Government Awards, Held on March 22, recognized outstanding performances by Managers Working for the City and County of San Francisco. The ceremony honored Bob Beck, for his role in the transfer of nearly 300 acres of Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island, and his leadership in the 25-year process of transforming the former naval base into a sustainable, mixed-use, high-density, transit-oriented space.

2017 Good Government Awards: How the S.F. Benefits Net Team Streamlined Social Good

April 4, 2017
The 2017 Good Government Awards, Held on March 22, recognized outstanding performances by Managers Working for the City and County of San Francisco. The Ceremony Honored the S.F. Net Benefits Team for integrating the city’s CalFresh and MediCal programs into a streamlined, one-stop service delivery model that provides nearly one in four San Franciscans with nutrition assistance and low-cost health coverage.

Who Benefits From Oakland’s “Community Benefits” Negotiations?

March 27, 2017 By Robert Ogilvie, Oakland Director
With new construction heating up in Oakland, local groups are asking developers to pay for “community benefits” beyond what the city requires. But as Uber backs away from its plans for downtown, Oaklanders should beware that pushing too hard may lose the city the most important community benefit of all: the long-term increase in tax rolls that the city desperately needs.

Friendship and Five Other Principles for Designing a New Bay Area Transit Map

March 23, 2017 By Arielle Fleisher, Transportation Policy Associate
The Bay Area has more than two dozen public transit operators, but few people use more than one service — and many don’t use them at all. Getting more people onto buses and trains will mean making it easier for potential riders to understand what services are available. A new partnership is looking at how a user-friendly regional transit map might help bridge the gap.

The Downfall of the Mall, the Triumph of the City and the Birth of Something in Between

March 2, 2017 By Joshua Brett, San Jose Policy Intern, and Laura Tolkoff, San Jose Policy Director
The popularity of Santana Row reflects a renewed interest in urban places — and places that feel urban. As midcentury shopping malls fail across the country, many are being transformed into “lifestyle centers" that integrate entertainment, dining, public spaces and even housing. At a recent SPUR forum, UC Berkeley's Chris Calott explored the origins — and future — of Santana Row and other lifestyle centers.

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