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Can SF Take Down I-280? The City Studies the Feasibility of a Bold Idea

February 20, 2014 By Ratna Amin, Transportation Policy Director
A few billion dollars of transportation projects are converging in San Francisco: the electrification of Caltrain, the extension of Caltrain’s route to the Transbay Transit Center and the arrival of high-speed rail. How can we make sure these transportation investments improve San Francisco's urban environment rather than disrupt it? To find out, the city is launching a major study .

2014 Winter Member Drive: Join SPUR for $50!

January 30, 2014
We are launching a one-week membership drive with a goal of 100 new members. We're offering a special introductory annual rate of $50 — a 33 percent discount. We'll also be raffling off prizes all week, so make sure you're following us on Twitter for the latest updates.

10 Pilot Projects to Boost the Bay Area Economy

January 30, 2014 By Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director
From President Obama’s State of the Union speech to local policy initiatives, there’s been a lot of attention lately on wage inequality and the shrinking middle class. As part of a major SPUR initiative, a group of Bay Area pilot projects will tackle these issues head on.
Canned goods being delivered at a food bank

Ending Hunger in San Francisco by 2020

January 28, 2014 By Molly Schmidt and Eli Zigas
While San Francisco is a city that celebrates food, it's also home to many who struggle to get three complete meals a day. Between 100,000 and 225,000 residents have incomes that put them at risk of food insecurity. Two new reports show that even with collaboration among government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, there are still many hurdles to overcome in addressing food insecurity.

Tools to Fight Drought

January 15, 2014 By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
2013 was one of the driest years on record, and 2014 is not off to a great start either. As we head into a third dry year, water conservation is more important than ever — and so is preparing for future uncertainty in our water supply by investing in reliable, sustainable supplies, as recommended in SPUR's report Future-Proof Water.

Lease Deals Point to Positive Signs for Downtown San Jose

December 11, 2013 By María Gabriela Huertas Díaz
Two big lease deals in downtown San Jose indicate that the city center’s underappreciated assets may be proving attractive to those seeking more urban workplaces in Silicon Valley. Why did these two tenants choose downtown over other nearby competitors? Four reasons: access to transit, urban amenities, real estate costs and a responsive government.

Season's Greetings: A Special Message From SPUR

December 3, 2013
Now is a perfect time to take stock of all the great things that have happened this year, with your help. We hope you will consider making a contribution to SPUR at this year end. Here’s how you can help.

A Vision for the Future of School Meals in SF

December 2, 2013 By Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager
San Francisco’s school meals could look quite a bit different in the coming years. That’s the overarching theme of a report that the San Francisco Unified School District released in September, laying out a long-term vision for the future of the district's school meals program, which currently serves 22,000 lunches and 5,500 breakfasts each day.

Nimble Ways to Remake City Streets

November 13, 2013 By Michael King and Jeffrey Tumlin
Streets are different than highways, yet the United States delegates authority for all roadway design to a private nonprofit made up largely of highway engineers. And unfortunately, many of the principles that make for safe highways make for dangerous, dysfunctional urban streets. But a new manual released this fall, the Urban Street Design Guide , could change all this.

Seeking Prosperity: Middle-Wage Job Opportunities in the Bay Area

November 5, 2013 By Egon Terplan and Imron Bhatti
A little over one-third of the Bay Area workforce earns $18 per hour or less . Given the high cost of living in the Bay Area, it’s important to move many of these workers to higher paying jobs. This posts looks at what these jobs are, how many of them there will be in the coming years, and the skills and education levels they require.

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