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What’s Next for the Silicon Valley Economy?

April 24, 2017 By Laura Tolkoff, San Jose Policy Director
As the rate of economic growth begins to slow down, observers are asking what’s next for Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Will the region’s miraculous growth continue? Will high housing costs ever come down? Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Russ Hancock addressed some of these concerns when he presented the 2017 Silicon Valley Index at a SPUR forum in San Jose.

Why Central SoMa Needs to Focus on Jobs, Even in a Housing Shortage

April 20, 2017 By Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director, and Kristy Wang, Community Planning Policy Director
San Francisco will soon adopt the Central SoMa Plan, the city’s only current major neighborhood plan. In the 230-acre area, the plan changes the zoning to allow 45,000 jobs and 7,500 housing units. Considering the housing shortage, shouldn’t there be more focus on housing in the city’s only active neighborhood plan? Not necessarily. Here are five reasons we think the plan gets the mix right.

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 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 t he 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.

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