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April 10, 2014 Article The Great Dithering
The waters are rising, and cities can’t move out of the way. Can we act decisively enough to avert catastrophic climate change?
April 10, 2014 Article Taking Action on Sea Level Rise
SPUR takes a look at some of the efforts to build resilience and to adapt our shoreline to future sea levels.
April 10, 2014 Article Urban Field Notes: San Francisco City Hall
You may pass by it all the time but how well do you really know this beloved building?
April 10, 2014 Article Member Profile: EB Min, West by Midwest
With offices in San Francisco and Omaha, the architecture firm of Min | Day gets to design everything from startups to barns.
April 8, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Supports SFPUC Rate Structure
Letter supporting proposed four-year rate structure to finance water and wastewater improvements
April 3, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Joint Powers Authority Amendment
Letter supporting legislation clarifying the power of Joint Powers Authorities to levy a fee or tax.
March 20, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Supports In-Law Unit Legalization Legislation
Letter supporting legislation to legalize existing secondary (in-law) units.
March 17, 2014 SPUR Report The Future of Downtown San Jose
How the South Bay's urban center can achieve its potential
March 14, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Proposal Allowing Castro In-Law Units
Letter supporting the permission of secondary units in the Castro District
March 12, 2014 SPUR Report SPUR's Agenda for Change
Our vision for a Bay Area at its best
March 11, 2014 Article Transforming Downtown San Jose
Six ideas for strengthening the urban center of the South Bay
March 10, 2014 Article Member Profile: Roman Mars
100% Audible radio host muses on toothbrushes, reinforced concrete and a secret kept by Pittsburghians.
March 10, 2014 Article Urban Field Notes: New Drawings, Old Buildings
Armed with an iPad, an architect creates vibrant portraits of some of Oakland’s most treasured historic buildings.
February 21, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Berryessa BART Parking Garage Project Design
Letter recommending specific design recommendations for the Berryessa BART parking garage before design-build contract is awarded
February 13, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Diridon Station Area Plan Draft
Letter supporting the draft of the Diridon Station Area Plan and recommending specific adjustments before it is adopted.
February 11, 2014 SPUR Memorandum 8 Ways to Make San Francisco More Affordable
Proposals to solve the housing affordability crisis
February 11, 2014 Article How to Make San Francisco Affordable Again
Housing for all: a pragmatist's manifesto. Excerpted from the SPUR policy proposal "8 Ways to Make San Francisco More Affordable."
February 11, 2014 Article The Real Costs of Building Housing
An architect shows the real costs of building in the country’s most expensive city.
February 10, 2014 Article Urban Field Notes: Apartment Buildings of Oakland
February 10, 2014 Article Member Profile: Sunil Paul
January 14, 2014 Article A Taste of the Future on North First Street?
Samsung's massive new headquarters could signal a shift towards denser, more urban design in San Jose.
January 6, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Weighs in on North San Jose Urban Design Guidelines
Letter encouraging San Jose to strengthen, not weaken, its commitment to urban design
December 18, 2013 Article Member Profile: Paul Zeger
Committed to Cities
December 18, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: San Francisco’s Construction Boom
Perhaps you’ve noticed? New housing and commercial construction is booming in San Francisco.
December 17, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Regional Prosperity Plan - Economic Prosperity Strategies
Outlines the Plan framework and key proposed strategies for connecting low- and moderate- wage workers with greater economic opportunity
December 17, 2013 Article Ridesharing Accelerates
California gives ridesharing companies the go-ahead to operate under new regulations.
December 17, 2013 Article A Threat to Planning?
The opponents of Plan Bay Area are undercutting the role of regional planning as a tool to manage long-term growth.
December 17, 2013 Article The Tech Boom
San Francisco added jobs faster than any other city in the country in 2013.
December 17, 2013 Article A New Plan for the Region
The region adopted Plan Bay Area, a major step forward that puts transportation money behind a clear land use vision.
December 17, 2013 Article When Transit Goes Awry
When BART went on strike twice in 2013, the Bay Area learned just how dependent it is on a functioning transit system.
December 17, 2013 Article The Uneven Housing Recovery
Housing prices exploded in San Francisco this year, while lagging at pre-recession levels in other parts of the region.
December 12, 2013 SPUR Report Getting to Great Places
How better urban design will strengthen San Jose's future
December 2, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Urban Ag Zoning Changes in San Jose
Letter supporting the permission of small-scale urban agriculture in commercial zones of the city
November 17, 2013 Article Member Profile: The Importance of Being Archival
UC Berkeley archivist Waverly Lowell’s favorite urban artifact may surprise you.
November 17, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: Dwon on the Corner
Grab your [figurative] blue pencil: The streets of San Francisco can be a typo-spotters dream.
November 17, 2013 Article Walk This Way
A roadmap for better urban design in San Jose. Excerpted from the SPUR report "Getting to Great Places."
November 13, 2013 SPUR Report SPUR 2012-2013 Annual Report
The Future Is Urban
October 21, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Greener and Better Roofs
A Roadmap for San Francisco
October 3, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Position on the Warriors Arena Proposal
SPUR Task Force preliminary evaluation of the Piers 30-32/SWL 330 Arena Project proposal
October 1, 2013 Voter Guide November 2013 Voter Guide
Analysis and voting recommendations for the November 2013 ballot
September 7, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Amended 2013 San Francisco Fire Code
Supports the repeal and replacement of the current local Fire Code
September 3, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Alternate Water Sources for District-Scale Uses
Letter endorsing proposed amendments to the San Francisco Health Code and Business Tax and Regulations Code
August 28, 2013 Article Member Profile: Julie Lein & Clara Brenner
Empowering Urban Entrepreneurs
August 28, 2013 Article The View From Futures Past
Presented by the California Historical Society and SPUR
August 28, 2013 Article Unbuilt San Francisco
Today’s urban landscape is shaped in profound ways by the buildings that never came to life, the plans that fell short.
August 28, 2013 Article Ambition and Imagination
UC Berkeley's take on Unbuilt San Francisco
August 14, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Connecting San Francisco's Northeast Neighborhoods
August 13, 2013 Article Time to Make Room
In New York, a third of all households are single people living alone; in San Francisco, it’s 38 percent. Why aren’t we designing housing for that demographic?
August 13, 2013 Article The Subway Is Seamless
Transit envy? Yeah, maybe a little. New York’s subway has 468 stations, free transfers and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
August 12, 2013 Article The Regional Plan Association: A Civic Planning Model for New York
As it begins work on a new regional plan, RPA’s vision of a metropolitan region with strong, vibrant urban communities seems more achievable than ever.
August 12, 2013 Article Member Profile: Gary E. Malazian
For this self-described “time philanthropist,” every day is another opportunity for edification.
August 12, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: Thinking Big in the Big Apple
In cities, quality of life is shaped by much more than housing alone; how the public realm completes the picture is key.
August 12, 2013 Article Taking It to the (Multimodal) Streets
In cities across America, the phrase “complete streets” has become a mantra. New York City is leading the way.
August 12, 2013 Article New York vs. Silicon Valley?
Could the next big tech boom be happening in New York?
July 24, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Healthy Food Retailer Ordinance
Letter in support of San Francisco's proposed Healthy Food Retailer Ordinance to improve access to fresh, healthy food in neighborhoods citywide.
July 11, 2013 SPUR Report Historic Preservation in San Francisco
Making the preservation process work for everyone
July 8, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Legislation
Letters in support of Assembly Bill 551, which would allow counties to incentivize the use of private property for urban agriculture through lower property tax assessments.
July 5, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Recommends Priorities for New Urban Agriculture Program
Letter to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department recommending priority projects for first year of the city's new urban agriculture program.
July 5, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Urban Agriculture Resolution
Letter in support of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' resolution and City Administrator's recommendation that the Recreation and Parks Department house the new urban agriculture program.
July 4, 2013 Article From Pop-Up to Permanent
In Oakland, an artist and urban designer blends boosterism with positive deviance.
July 4, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: The Hills of San Francisco
Once a formidable obstacle, the city’s hills are made for walking. And commuting. And recreation.
July 4, 2013 Article Adapt, Transform, Reuse
Making use of the past can serve as a guide to the future of the city.
June 24, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Re-Envisioning the San Francisco Housing Authority
June 6, 2013 Article Member Profile: Tanya Peterson
The director of the San Francisco Zoo is wild about the city.
June 6, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: San Francisco, An Urban Athlete’s Training Ground
Those hills come in handy when you’re training for a triathlon.
June 6, 2013 SPUR Report Taking Down a Freeway to Reconnect a Neighborhood
Three big urban planning moves that could transform San Francisco.
May 16, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Plan Bay Area Draft and EIR
Letter supporting the draft of Play Bay Area and recommending specific adjustments before it is adopted.
May 13, 2013 SPUR Report Locally Nourished
How a stronger regional food system improves the Bay Area
May 13, 2013 Article Member Profile: Bill Souders
San Jose’s Naglee Park Garage Bistro was once a blighted corner. Bill Souders turned it into a neighborhood gem.
May 13, 2013 Article Grow. Eat. Compost. Repeat.
How a stronger regional food system improves the Bay Area. Excerpted from the SPUR report "Locally Nourished."
May 13, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: Medellín Metrocable
A traveling environmental planner rides Medellín’s Metrocable.
May 6, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Amendments for Outdoor Vending on Private Property
Letter offering comments on amendments to San Jose's Title 20 ordinance
April 8, 2013 Article Member Profile: Mary McCue
What makes a great public space? Few know better than Mary McCue, who, as President and CEO of MJM Management Group, has been working to create some of the best of them for over 20 years.
April 8, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: City as Canvas
April 4, 2013 Article Shaping Downtown San Jose
The quest to establish an urban center for Silicon Valley
March 18, 2013 SPUR Report Future-Proof Water
Where the Bay Area should get its water in the 21st century
March 12, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Amendment to San Francisco’s CEQA Procedures
Letter supporting proposed legislation to clarify appeal procedures for exemptions and negative declarations
March 12, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports the Mandatory Seismic Retrofit Program
Letter urging the San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Land Use Committee to move this legislation forward
March 8, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: The Art Underground
A designer urges the Bay Area to take a lesson from the London Tube and transform its transit experience into something inspirational.
March 8, 2013 Article Member Profile: Andres Duany
The architect, author, urban planner and father of New Urbanism reflects on the movement’s always compelling, ever-controversial, evolution and describes for us what he sees as its latest incarnation — “lean urbanism.”
March 7, 2013 Article The Future of Water
How Bay Area supply can meet demand in the 21st century. Excerpted from the SPUR report "Future-Proof Water."
February 27, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports High-Rise Incentive Extension in San Jose
Letter encouraging high-density housing in downtown San Jose
February 20, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Strengthening the Bay Area's Regional Governance
A special analysis for the 2013 Silicon Valley Index
February 8, 2013 Article Member Profile: Patrick Otellini
Not long ago, Patrick Otellini chose to ignore the unavoidable fact that San Francisco is well overdue for a major earthquake. Today, he’s the city’s director of earthquake safety.
February 7, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Definition of "Significant Increase"
Letter recommending thresholds for affordable housing fee caps in San Francisco
February 6, 2013 SPUR Report On Solid Ground
How good land use planning can prepare the Bay Area for a strong disaster recovery
February 6, 2013 Article Putting the Bay Area on Solid Ground
Land use planning for disaster recovery in the Bay Area. Excerpted from the SPUR report "On Solid Ground."
February 4, 2013 Article Urban Field Notes: A City in the Stairwell
A San Francisco muralist enlivens SPUR’s once-quiet corridors with a colorful celebration of urbanism.
January 24, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Proposed Mission Rock Development
Our Project Review Committee offers recommendations for consideration
January 10, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Proposed 101 Polk Street Development
Our Project Review Committee offers recommendations for consideration
January 9, 2013 Article A Sea Change in California Politics?
This was an exciting year for governance in California, as many hard-won reforms were finally implemented.
January 8, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Central Corridor Plan
Letter recommending the study of greater heights as part of the upcoming EIR process
December 20, 2012 Article A Bold New Vision for San Jose
San Jose's forward-thinking new general plan is a model for suburban cities looking to transform to an urban future.
December 18, 2012 Article Member Profile: Molly Turner
The director of public policy for Airbnb is a self-described “urban planner moonlighting in the tech world.”
December 18, 2012 Article The Corporate Campus Embraces Urbanization
Google has proposed a new vision for retrofitting its Mountain View campus as a dense and walkable urban place.
December 18, 2012 Article Federal Government Comes Through on Transportation Funding (Barely)
In July, Congress passed MAP-21, a rare piece of bipartisan legislation to fund surface transportation for two years.
December 18, 2012 Article In San Francisco, the Boom Is Back
After years of underbuilding, San Francisco is seeing a boom in new housing and commercial construction.
December 4, 2012 SPUR Memorandum Stormwater Fees
An equitable path to a sustainable wastewater system
November 9, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: The Sidewalk Economy
Regulated, informal, sometimes illicit, sidewalk businesses and vendors bring vitality and life to urban cities, especially at the pedestrian scale.
November 9, 2012 Article Grand Reductions: 10 Diagrams That Changed City Planning
Many ideas that have most influenced the shape of our cities have been expressed through simple diagrams that have become iconic distillations of values, policy agendas and ideologies
November 2, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Recommendations for New San Jose Planning Requirements
Letter offering comments for crafting planning requirements that encourage mode-share shifts
October 10, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: Patched
A photographer observes that after the graffiti’s gone, new works of art emerge.
October 10, 2012 Article Why Does Civic Data Matter?
A new emphasis is being placed on the availability of open data from governments but what use does this data have for citizens’ daily experience?
October 10, 2012 Article Smart Cities, Limited Resources
Can we provide public goods more efficiently by pricing them to reflect real-time demand?
October 9, 2012 Article A Policy Agenda for the Sharing Economy
The emerging movement of collaborative consumption is redefining the ways goods and services are exchanged, valued and created.
October 1, 2012 Voter Guide November 2012 Voter Guide
Analysis and voting recommendations for the November 2012 ballot
September 25, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on City of Oakland Urban Ag Policy
Letter offering recommendations for strengthening the August 13 draft Zoning Update Proposal
September 25, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on San Jose City Hall / 6th Street BRT Station Location
Letter advocating for locating a bus rapid transit station in front of San Jose City Hall
August 29, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on 1321 Mission
Letter supporting proposed residential redevelopment at 1321 Mission
August 21, 2012 Article Transit, Transformed
Architecture critic Reyner Banham once quipped that he'd "learned to drive in order to read Los Angeles in the original." Today, he'd ride light rail instead.
August 21, 2012 Article A New Course for the L.A. River
Plans are in the works to transform what many think of as a concrete ditch into a sustainable, cultural resource for the region.
August 14, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: Riding the Rainbow
A Trip on L.A.’s Rapidly Growing Rail Network
August 14, 2012 Article The Benefits of Big
On a recent visit to Los Angeles, SPUR discovers the benefits — and challenges — of living in a county that encompasses over 4,000 square miles.
August 10, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Endorses 8 Octavia Project
Letter supporting the proposed housing development at 8 Octavia
July 30, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Endorses 100 VanNess Project
Letter supporting proposed residential redevelopment
July 13, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Housing Trust Fund Legislation
Letter urging the SF Board of Supervisors to pass this charter amendment
July 10, 2012 Article Getting High-Speed Rail On Track
For California, high speed rail isn’t just a worthwhile investment, it’s a necessary one. Here’s how we can pay for it.
July 10, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: Artifacts of the Waterfront
On San Francisco's central and southern waterfront, evidence of an era gone by.
July 10, 2012 Article Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley
Another perk of high-speed rail? Seamlessly connecting two of California's most important economic clusters.
July 9, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Mountain View Draft General Plan
Letter commending the plan as one of the most visionary in the Bay Area
July 5, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Modernization of the Wholesale Produce Market
Letter supporting the city's lease renewal and the market's proposed expansion
July 2, 2012 SPUR Report SPUR 2011-2012 Annual Report
What it means to live here
June 26, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Project Review Committee on Parcel P
Letter supporting the proposed development at Parcel P in Hayes Valley
June 19, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Non-Potable Water Ordinance
Letter supporting an ordinance that will codify process and provide grant funds for onsite treatment and reuse of water
June 11, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Project Review Committee on 8 Octavia
Letter supporting the proposed residential development at 8 Octavia Street
June 8, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Urban Agriculture Legislation
Letter advocating the Chiu-introduced legislation, which incorporates many of the recommendations in SPUR's report Public Harvest
June 3, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: Exploring the Cities of Carquinez
An urban planner finally stops to take a look around — and not just a drive right through — a region in his own backyard.
June 3, 2012 Article The Cities of Carquinez
While these ten cities may not be on everyone's radar, together they represent a tremendous opportunity for long-term growth in the region.
June 3, 2012 Article Diversity Didn’t Cause the Foreclosure Crisis
Solving the problems of the Cities of Carquinez means embracing the subregion's economic, racial, and social diversity.
May 21, 2012 SPUR Report Ocean Beach Master Plan
A comprehensive vision for a more sustainable future on San Francisco’s Pacific coast
May 17, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Van Ness BRT Proposal
Letter endorsing the new hybrid proposal for bus rapid transit on Van Ness
May 15, 2012 Voter Guide June 2012 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the June 2012 San Francisco ballot
May 14, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: The Carnegie Libraries of San Francisco
San Francisco's brilliant branch libraries are a bright spot in the rapidly changing realm of books
May 14, 2012 Article Harvesting the City
Expanding the use of public land for urban agriculture in San Francisco. Excerpted from the SPUR report Public Harvest
May 7, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Offers Perspective on Historic Preservation Codes
Letter supporting the version of Planning Code Articles 10 and 11 introduced by Supervisors Wiener and Olague
April 23, 2012 SPUR Report Public Harvest
Expanding the use of public land for urban agriculture in San Francisco
April 23, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Sustainable Communities Strategy and Regional Transportation Plan for the Bay Area
Letter offering recommendations on the Jobs-Housing Connection Scenario and the Draft Plan Bay Area Investment Strategy
April 17, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: Skyway Patrol
How a desire to stay warm can shape our cities, for better or worse
April 17, 2012 Article A Vision for Ocean Beach
Dramatic erosion, rising seas and jurisdictional headaches have taken their toll; SPUR's comprehensive new plan offers hope for a better future
April 5, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Central Corridor Project
Letter supporting proposed height and zoning scenarios in the Central Corridor Plan
April 3, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Commute Benefits Bill
Letter supporting Senate Bill 1339, which would extend existing local commute benefit ordinances across the region
March 17, 2012 Article Six Ideas for Saving Bay Area Transit
Improving transit by changing financing, fares, speeds, metrics, territory and maps. Excerpted from the discussion paper A Better Future for Bay Area Transit
March 17, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: A Spectacle of Ravens
Sometimes, architecture really is for the birds.
March 16, 2012 Article Two Transit Maps: The Current Reality and a Possible Future
One mapmaker's vision for a single integrated Bay Area transit map. Plus, what a comprehensive regional transit system might look like.
March 8, 2012 SPUR Memorandum A Better Future for Bay Area Transit
Nine ways to deliver better transit service, control costs and attract more riders
March 1, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Jefferson Street Project
Phase 1 of the Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan
February 28, 2012 SPUR Memorandum Reforming Regional Government
Adjusting county and city representation at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
February 20, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Recreational Open Space Element
Letter recommending to move the current draft of this general plan element forward to adoption
February 15, 2012 Article Urban Field Notes: China's New Biking Culture
What role will the bicycle play in creating a more sustainable future for China? A landscape designer bikes from Beijing to Shanghai to find out.
February 9, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Parking, Awning, Signs, Exposure, Open Space and Limited Conforming Uses Legislation
Letter endorsing legislation that would encourage the addition of beneficial uses while discouraging the creation of excess parking
February 6, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Proposed Mixed-Use Residential Development
Letter supporting proposed development at 1 Henry Adams Street and 801 Brannan Street
February 1, 2012 SPUR Report Safe Enough to Stay
What will it take for San Franciscans to live safely in their homes after an earthquake?
February 1, 2012 Article Is San Francisco Safe Enough to Stay?
What it will take for residents to live safely in their homes after an earthquake. Excerpted from the SPUR report Safe Enough to Stay
January 23, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Redevelopment Housing Funds Bill
Letter advocating for protection of the existing housing funds of dissolving redevelopment agencies
January 12, 2012 Article Announcing the Launch of SPUR San Jose
An inside view of the opportunities for change that led us to open an office in Northern California’s largest city, San Jose.
January 11, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Expansion of SFpark
Letter endorsing the SFMTA proposal to expand the SFpark pilot model to manage parking at Mission Bay, 17th and Folsom, and 12th and Folsom
January 9, 2012 SPUR Report The Urban Future of Work
How denser, more urban workplaces will strengthen the Bay Area’s economic competitiveness
January 7, 2012 Article The Not-So-Corporate Campus
Innovative high-growth companies look to urban-style experiences to energize their workforce
December 13, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Supports the 8 Washington/Sea Wall Lot 351 Project
Letter recommending that the San Francisco Planning Commission support this project
December 13, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on PUC Urban Agriculture Projects
Regarding proposed pilot projects at College Hill Reservoir and the Southeast Treatment Plant.
December 1, 2011 Article What's Next for Big Planning?
San Francisco adopted two major plans this year. Will we see more of these in the future?
December 1, 2011 Article The Rise of Tactical Urbanism
How a temporary project turned a series of vacant lots into a destination for food, art and culture.
December 1, 2011 Article Urban Ag Goes Legit
New legislation makes it legal to grow and sell produce in San Francisco and Oakland
December 1, 2011 Article Prioritizing Neighborhood Schools
Has San Francisco finally gotten its student-assignment system right?
December 1, 2011 Article Ranked Choice Voting
How ranked-choice voting affected San Francisco's municipal elections in 2011.
December 1, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Five PG&E Substations Celebrate Light and Sculpture
November 28, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Central Market Economic Strategy
Recommendations to the Office of Economic and Workforce Development
November 22, 2011 SPUR Memorandum The Future of Sharp Park
What should San Francisco do with Sharp Park?
November 1, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Transit Center District Plan
Plan for the continued development of a walkable, transit-friendly downtown core around the new Transbay Transit Center.
November 1, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Articles 10 and 11 of the Planning Code
Regarding historic surveys, districts and CEQA studies
October 11, 2011 Voter Guide November 2011 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2011 ballot
October 3, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: SF Sidewalks Are a Trove of Human, Animal Artifacts
September 8, 2011 SPUR Report Seeking Green
Funding public parks in a challenging financial climate
September 1, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Five Local Skate Hubs Show Limits of Sanctioned Design
August 16, 2011 Article Placemaking in the New and Old City
Is Shanghai the city of the 21st century?
August 15, 2011 Article Dictatorship, Democracy and Urbanism
SPUR's city trip to Shanghai offered some tough but important lessons for American planners.
August 15, 2011 Article Learning From a World-Class Transit System
Can Shanghai’s high-tech subways and high-speed trains trump its growing love affair with the car?
August 15, 2011 Article Shanghai’s Regional Economy
What can the Bay Area learn from China's regional approach to economic planning?
August 15, 2011 SPUR Report SPUR 2010-2011 Annual Report
What it means to be an urbanist
August 1, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Eight Eras of the Old Town — Shanghai’s Forgotten Zones
August 1, 2011 Article Shanghai Municipality and the Bay Area
The Shanghai Municipality includes 17 districts as well as the city center. At 23 million people and 2,450 square miles, it is more comparable to the Bay Area than to San Francisco.
July 20, 2011 Article What Makes an Arts District Successful?
Cities across the country are using arts districts as a redevelopment tool. Here’s why the best ones work.
July 20, 2011 Article Four Ways to Transform Mid-Market
Strategies for a vital economy in San Francisco's central district
July 20, 2011 Article Linked Fortunes: Mid-Market and the Uptown Tenderloin
They thrived together, then declined together. Now these key neighborhoods are primed for a joint revival.
July 1, 2011 Article Street transformations: Lessons from London, Melbourne and New York
Physical changes at street level can not only make a street work better — they can transform it into a great public space.
July 1, 2011 Article A Walk Down Market Street
The story of San Francisco's main drag embodies the history of the city itself.
July 1, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Trek Links Green Spaces in SF's Emerald Necklace
June 21, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Weighs in on Regional Growth Scenarios
Comments to the MTC on scenarios for the Bay Area's Sustainable Communities Strategy
May 2, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Five Parking Garages — an Urbanist's Reluctant Crush
May 2, 2011 SPUR Report Climate Change Hits Home
Adaptation strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area
April 19, 2011 Article The Future of Ocean Beach
Thanks to sea-level rise, a beloved public place already busy with uses becomes even more complex
April 6, 2011 SPUR Memorandum Saving Caltrain for the Long Term
Strategies for funding and governing a critical regional rail system
April 4, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: 16 Fonts on 16th Street — the City Through a Phone
April 1, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Requests Re-direction of Florida High-Speed Rail Funds to California
California is best positioned to deliver the nation's first High Speed Train
March 1, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Five Painterly Vistas From Kaiser Center Roof Garden
March 1, 2011 Article Defining Good Government in the New Reality
How can San Francisco deliver core city services in an era of finite resources?
February 18, 2011 Article Urban Field Notes: Four Iconic Buildings Should Inspire Mid-Market Revival
February 1, 2011 SPUR Report Greening Apartment Buildings
What will it take to green the buildings we already have?
January 20, 2011 Article 2010: The Year in Urbanism
What happened and what it means for the Bay Area
January 3, 2011 SPUR Report Beyond the Tracks
How smart land-use planning around future high-speed rail can reshape California's growth
December 13, 2010 Policy Letter SPUR Weighs in on New Air Quality Thresholds
Proposed CEQA guidelines would create new hurdle for infill development
November 10, 2010 Policy Letter SPUR's Take on Amending the Bay Plan
Balancing strategies for mitigating sea level rise with promoting infill development
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition M - Community Policing
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition K - Hotel Tax Loophole Fix
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition J - Hotel Tax Increase
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition I - Saturday Voting Pilot
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition AA - $10 vehicle registration fee
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition G - Setting Transit Operator Wages Through Collective Bargaining
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition H - Dual Office Holding
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition D - Non-Citizen Voting for School Board
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition L - Sit/Lie
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition A - Earthquake Retrofit Bond
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition F - Health Service Board Elections
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition N - Property Sales Tax
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition B - Increasing Employee Contributions to Benefits
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition C - Question Time
November 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition E - Election Day Voter Registration
November 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Columbarium Is One Rare Place to Connect With the Dead
October 4, 2010 Voter Guide November 2010 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2010 ballot
October 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Eight Bay Area Landmarks Make the Case for Concrete
September 1, 2010 Article DIY Urbanism
Testing the grounds for social change
September 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Backpacking in SF - Seven Scenes From an Adventure
August 1, 2010 Article San Jose and San Francisco at a Glance
Comparing two Bay Area cities by the numbers
August 1, 2010 Article Sharing the Wealth
San Jose's plan to capture more jobs
August 1, 2010 Article Retrofitting Suburbia, San Jose Style
San Jose planners have a choice: let the city grow out, or up
August 1, 2010 Article Waves of Innovation
Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
August 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Five Elements of Great Urbanism in San Jose
August 1, 2010 Article Transit in the Valley
Can smart land use boost ridership?
July 6, 2010 SPUR Report After the Disaster
Rebuilding our transportation infrastructure
July 6, 2010 Article Transportation and Rebuilding
How are we going to rebuild our transportation system after a disaster? Excerpted from a SPUR report
June 28, 2010 Policy Letter SPUR Endorses Plastic Bag Ban
Letter supporting AB 1998 as a necessary step in California’s zero waste goals
June 7, 2010 SPUR Memorandum Organizing for Economic Growth
A new approach to business attraction and retention in San Francisco
June 3, 2010 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the San Francisco-San Jose High Speed Rail PEIS/EIR
Advocates integration of regional and inter-regional service on the Peninsula between San Jose and San Francisco.
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition B - Police and Fire Seismic Retrofit Bond
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition C - Charter Film Commission
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition A - School Capital Repair Special Tax
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition F - Rent Increase Suspensions
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition G - High Speed Rail Terminus at Transbay
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition E - Dignitary Security Budget
June 1, 2010 Voter Guide Proposition D - City Retirement Benefit Costs
June 1, 2010 Article Meeting in the Middle
Why planning needs design once again
June 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Art, Commerce and Hope on View in Nine Storefronts
May 1, 2010 Voter Guide June 2010 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the June 2010 ballot
May 1, 2010 Article A Balancing Act
Controller Ben Rosenfield talks about economic booms, busts and their impact on the city budget
March 1, 2010 Article Water, Water Everywhere
A look at San Francisco's urban water plan
March 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Five Chats about Architecture Overheard on the Street
February 1, 2010 Article A Healthier San Francisco
A new paradigm for citywide health care
February 1, 2010 Article Shaping Downtown
An emphasis on placemaking and focused growth
February 1, 2010 Article Participatory Urbanism
Taking action by taking space
February 1, 2010 Article A Small-Box Paradise
How we support thriving neighborhood retail (and where we could do better)
February 1, 2010 Article Toward Zero Waste
A look at San Francisco's model recycling policies
February 1, 2010 Article When the Freeways Came Down
Rebuilding after Loma Prieta
February 1, 2010 Article Bay Area Regional Form and Population Growth
A look at how our region developed over time
February 1, 2010 Article Learning From Muni
On the bright side: What's working at the SFMTA
February 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Six Encounters with Bay Area Street Art
January 21, 2010 Policy Letter SPUR Weighs in on MTA's Plans for a Balanced Budget
Requests estimates on projected revenue increases and cost savings on several items
January 10, 2010 Article The Fall and Rise of Downtown D.C.
The revitalization of downtown, greater downtown and Center City
January 6, 2010 Article Learning from Metrorail
Lessons from DC's regional rail system
January 2, 2010 Article Washington, D.C. and San Francisco
Geography, population and how we get around
January 1, 2010 Article Extending the City Beautiful
Three centuries of city planning in Washington, D.C.
January 1, 2010 Article Thriving TOD
What can we learn from mass transit in D.C. suburbs?
January 1, 2010 Article Urban Field Notes: Eight Forms of Fortification in our Nation's Capital
December 17, 2009 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Proposed Bridge Toll Increase
Supports the Bay Area Toll Authority's proposed toll increase and encourages funding a study of long-term capacity constraints
November 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition C - Candlestick Park Naming Rights
November 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition B - Board of Supervisors Aides
November 1, 2009 Article Sea Level Rise and the Future of the Bay Area
How will we adapt to rising tides?
November 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition A - Budget Process
November 1, 2009 Article Strategies for Managing Sea Level Rise
SPUR weighs the advantages and disadvantages of seven strategies to manage sea level rise.
November 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition D - Mid-Market Special Sign District
November 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition E - Advertisements on City Property
November 1, 2009 Article Urban Field Notes: Seven Art Deco Treasures in Oakland's City Center
October 1, 2009 Article Urban Field Notes: Six Spots in the Mission to Track the Traces of Trains
October 1, 2009 Article Making Good Government Better
The city's new budget director talks about his department's role in shaping good policy
September 21, 2009 Voter Guide November 2009 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2009 ballot
September 1, 2009 Article Megaregions and America’s Economic Recovery
A look at opportunities for megaregional planning across the U.S.
September 1, 2009 Article The Future of the Bay Delta
Opportunities for megaregional open space
September 1, 2009 Article Job Sprawl in the Megaregion
How can we slow the decentralization of work in Northern California?
September 1, 2009 Article Urban Field Notes: Some In-Between Spaces Where Homeless Go Home
August 8, 2009 Article Recovery in the Golden State
Rebounding from a cyclical recession
August 8, 2009 Article The Bay Area Housing Market
Will investors ever return?
August 8, 2009 Article The Cost to Build and Buy Housing in San Francisco
Components of housing price and development costs in San Francisco
August 8, 2009 Article Financing Affordable Rental Housing
A greener path ahead
August 1, 2009 Article Urban Field Notes: Six Haikus about SF's Renegade Buildings
July 1, 2009 Article Reflections on Preservation
How the past became the future
July 1, 2009 Article City of Plans (City of Experiences) in History
What, exactly, makes a "great city"?
July 1, 2009 Article Progress Intentionally Planned
Telesis and the Modernist agenda
July 1, 2009 Article The Ironies of History
Armed with knowledge of the past, how do we move forward with our own urban agenda?
June 24, 2009 Policy Letter SPUR Urges the MTA to Adopt the San Francisco Bike Plan
Approve the 56 projects analyzed in the EIR and expedite implementation
May 28, 2009 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Recycling and Composting Legislation
Letter urging the SF Board of Supervisors to pass the Mandatory Recycling and Composting Ordinance
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1A - Spending Cap and Increase in Rainy Day Fund
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1C - Selling Bonds From Future Lottery Sales
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1D - Redirecting Portion of Preschool Funding
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1B - Education Funding Protection
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1E - Redirecting Portion of Mental Health Funding
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1F - Restricting Elected Officials' Salaries
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide Proposition 1A - Spending Cap and Increase in Rainy Day Fund
May 1, 2009 Voter Guide May 2009 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the May 2009 ballot
May 1, 2009 SPUR Report Critical Cooling
San Francisco can fight global warming through smart changes to local policy. What can we do to lead the way?
March 2, 2009 SPUR Report The Future of Downtown San Francisco
Expanding downtown's capacity for transit-oriented jobs
March 1, 2009 Article Urban Field Notes: Seven (of the Many) Wonders at Pier 70's Shipyard
February 1, 2009 SPUR Report Building It Right the First Time
Improving the seismic performance of new buildings
February 1, 2009 SPUR Report Lifelines
Upgrading infrastructures to enhance San Francisco's earthquake resilience
February 1, 2009 SPUR Report The Dilemma of Existing Buildings
Private property, public risk
February 1, 2009 SPUR Report Defining What San Francisco Needs From Its Seismic Mitigation Policies
January 1, 2009 SPUR Report Secrets of San Francisco
Where to find our city's POPOS — privately owned public open spaces
January 1, 2009 Article Urban Field Notes: Seven Good Things about SF's Multifamily Houses
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition B - Affordable Housing Set Aside
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition R - George W. Bush Sewage Plant
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition A - Hospital Bond
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition S - Set Asides Policy
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition D - Pier 70 Financing and Planning
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition T - Substance Abuse Set Aside
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition E - Recall Signatures
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition U - Iraq Funding Policy Statement
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition F - Changes to Election Cycles
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition V - JROTC Policy Statement
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition G - Retirement Credit for Unpaid Parental Leave
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition H - Municipalizing Electric Service
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition I - Independent Ratepayer Advocate
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 10 - Bond for Vehicle Rebates
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition J - Historic Preservation Commission
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 7 - State Renewable Energy Rules
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition K - Decriminalizing Prostitution
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 1A - High Speed Rail
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition L - Community Justice Center
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 11 - New Redistricting Commission
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition M - Tenant Harassment
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition N - Transfer Tax Increase
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition O - Changes to the Emergency Response Fee
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition P - Modifying the Transportation Authority
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition C - City Employees on Commissions
November 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition Q - Changes to the Payroll Tax
October 17, 2008 SPUR Report A Mid-life Crisis for Regional Rail
Fifty years after BART, what's next for regional rail?
October 16, 2008 SPUR Report The Hub Concept
Infrastructure for a community disaster response
October 2, 2008 Voter Guide November 2008 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2008 ballot
October 1, 2008 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Plan
More substantial and specific investment on key neighborhood corridors will vastly enhance our rapid transit network.
September 1, 2008 SPUR Report Growing Green
How San Francisco can become a leader in the cleantech boom
September 1, 2008 SPUR Report Imagining Islais Creek
Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design at SPUR Summary Report
September 1, 2008 Article More Work, Less Waste
Can environmental tax shifting work in San Francisco?
August 23, 2008 Article San Francisco and Toronto
A geographical comparison
August 2, 2008 Article Notes on a city: Looking, listening, lingering and thinking in Toronto
We all have our own ways of processing the tourist experience. Some of us bury ourselves in guide books; others crane their necks to get the best photos; still others take notes. The following is an excerpt from Lawrence Li's latest travel diary, an insightful catalogue of his observations while exploring Toronto.
August 2, 2008 Article A lesson from Waterfront Toronto
How intergovernmental cooperation restored a public waterfront
August 1, 2008 Article Toronto’s Orphan Spaces
August 1, 2008 Article Can a City Be a Poem?
Thoughts after meeting Toronto's poet laureate
August 1, 2008 Article Dual Identity
Can Toronto become Canada's first creative gateway city?
August 1, 2008 Article The Problem of Affordability
What will it take to make Toronto more livable?
August 1, 2008 Article When SPUR Came to Town
What Toronto outsiders taught an insider about his own city
July 31, 2008 Article The Long Road Home
Thoughts on the Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan
July 25, 2008 Policy Letter SPUR Supports AB 3034: the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century
Updates and improves the original high-speed rail bond proposal enacted in 2002 and establishes additional financial controls.
July 23, 2008 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Regional Transportation Plan 2035
MTC's investment plan of $232 billion over the next 25 years
July 1, 2008 Article Local Cities, Global Problems
Considering Jane Jacobs in an era of global concerns
June 18, 2008 SPUR Report The Culture of Preparedness
Disaster planning and preparedness in San Francisco neighborhoods
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 98 - Eminent Domain and Rent Control
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 99 - Eminent Domain Restriction
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition A - School Restriction Parcel Tax
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition B - Retiree Health Care Reform
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition C - Moral Turpitude
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition D - Diversity on City Commissions
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition E - SFPUC Commissioner Appointments
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition F - Affordable Housing in Bayview Hunters Point
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition G - Bayview Hunters Point Development Plan
June 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition H - Campaign Contribution Limits
June 1, 2008 Article An Eye on the Street
What's ailing San Francisco's residential streets?
May 1, 2008 Article Getting Sustainability Out of the Gutters
A guide to evaluating the sewer system master plan
May 1, 2008 Voter Guide June 2008 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the June 2008 ballot
March 1, 2008 Article New Views of the City
An interview with three new department heads
February 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition B - Police Deferred Retirement Option
February 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition C - Alcatraz Global Peace Center
February 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 91 - Transportation Funding Restrictions
February 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 92 - Community College Set Aside
February 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition 93 - State Term Limit Modification
February 1, 2008 Voter Guide Proposition A - Parks Bond
February 1, 2008 Article Muni on the Rise
An overview of the Transit Effectiveness Project
January 16, 2008 SPUR Report Setting Aside Differences
Should the City budget be decided at the polls?
January 16, 2008 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on “Peaker” Combustion Turbine Power Plants
Letter urging the SF Board of Supervisors to reject a contract to install and operate “peaker” plants
January 1, 2008 Voter Guide February 2008 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the February 2008 ballot
November 20, 2007 SPUR Report Affordable by Design
How to create middle-income housing in San Francisco
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition B - Limiting Commissioner Hold-Over
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition C - Election Sunshine/ Ballot Reform
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition A - Muni Reform
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition D - Renewing Library Set-aside
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition E - Question Time
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition F - Airport Police Retirement Benefits
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition G - Golden Gate Park Stables Fund
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition I - Small Business Assistance Center
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition J - WiFi Policy Statement
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition K - Street Ads
November 1, 2007 Article The Northern California Megaregion
It's time to start solving problems at the scale of the megaregion
November 1, 2007 Voter Guide Proposition H - Parking Initiative
October 1, 2007 Voter Guide November 2007 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2007 ballot
September 1, 2007 Article Some transportation lessons from Seattle
Four things San Francisco can learn about buses, freeways, culture and carbon dioxide.
September 1, 2007 Article Sustainable Infrastructure as Interpreted by Seattle
The Emerald City’s green-tinted take on strategies for integrated capital investment
September 1, 2007 Article Planning in Seattle: Small Town City
Seattle has shied away from sweeping public planning as a solution to big problems. Still, San Francisco has much to learn from Seattle’s approach to neighborhoods, industrial lands and capital infrastructure.
September 1, 2007 Article Neighborhood planning in a regional context
A heightened sense of regionalism influences both civic culture and planning law in Seattle
September 1, 2007 SPUR Report Envisioning Warmwater Cove
Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design at SPUR Summary Report
September 1, 2007 Article Art: What is it good for?
Every day urban life finds a counterpoint in Seattle’s public art initiatives
July 1, 2007 SPUR Report Planning the City's Future
An update on the 2004 AIA/SPUR agenda for reform
July 1, 2007 SPUR Report A New Transit-First Neighborhood
A new neighborhood where Caltrain meets the new Central Subway
June 20, 2007 SPUR Report New Connections
Why San Francisco needs the Central Subway
June 1, 2007 Article Keeping California on Track
Why we need high-speed rail
June 1, 2007 SPUR Report Hard Choices at the Port of San Francisco
Can the waterfront be saved?
May 1, 2007 Article Civic Planning in America
Toward a politics of place
March 1, 2007 Article Framing the Future of Downtown San Francisco
How we can bring more jobs into the region's most transit-rich employment center
March 1, 2007 Article What's the Correct Balance Between Housing and Jobs?
Residential development in downtown Vancouver
February 1, 2007 Article Dean Macris: Toward a better city
SPUR's executive director interviews San Francisco's planning chief
January 22, 2007 SPUR Report SPUR Endorses the Public/Private Delivery of Wi-Fi in San Francisco
January 1, 2007 Article Form Foils Function
How our process prevents real planning — and what we can do about it
November 7, 2006 SPUR Report Integrated Stormwater Management
An ecological approach to street design
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition C - Setting Salaries of Certain Elected Officials
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition E - Parking Tax
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition F - Paid Sick Leave
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition G - Limitations on Formula Retail Stores
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition H - Relocation Benefits
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition I - Mayor's Appearance at Board of Supervisors
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition J - Impeachment of Bush and Cheney
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition K - Senior Housing Declaration of Policy
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition 1A - State Gas Tax Changes
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition 1B - State Transportation and Infrastructure Bonds
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition 1C - Housing and Emergency Shelter Bonds
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition 1D - State Education Bonds
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition 84 - Clean Water, Parks and Coastal Protection Bonds
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition A - School Improvement Bonds
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition 90 - Government Acquisition and Regulation of Private Property
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition B - Parental Leave and Teleconferencing for Public Officials
November 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition D - Nondisclosure of Private Information
October 9, 2006 Voter Guide November 2006 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2006 ballot
August 5, 2006 Article A Mixed Legacy: Public Housing and HOPE VI Redevelopment in Chicago
August 1, 2006 Article The Chicago Political System
Is it possible to have good planning without good government?
August 1, 2006 Article The Chicago Central Area Plan
August 1, 2006 Article The Tortoise and the Hare
Comparing the Chicago and San Francisco economies
July 6, 2006 Article Green Envy Revisited
July 5, 2006 Article The Burnham Plan for San Francisco: A Model For Master Planning?
July 1, 2006 Article Is Master Planning Possible Today?
July 1, 2006 Article Of Buried Creeks and Thwarted Plans
July 1, 2006 Article San Francisco, To Scale
July 1, 2006 Article The imagined city: Burnham's Vision
June 1, 2006 SPUR Report Housing Above Retail
Creating incentives for the replacement of single-story retail sites with mixed-use projects
June 1, 2006 SPUR Report Improving the Permit-Approval Process
June 1, 2006 SPUR Report Secondary Units
A painless way to increase the supply of housing
June 1, 2006 SPUR Report Reducing Housing Costs by Rethinking Parking Requirements
June 1, 2006 SPUR Report Zoning for More Housing
Proposed changes to San Francisco's Planning Code and Zoning Map
May 1, 2006 Voter Guide June 2006 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the June 2006 ballot
May 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition D – Laguna Honda Hospital, Zoning for Health Care Facilities
May 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition C – Appointing Members to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority
May 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition B – Eviction Disclosure Ordinance
May 1, 2006 Voter Guide Proposition A – Homicide Prevention Plan; Survivor Assistance; Funding for Violence Prevention Program
May 1, 2006 Article Why Does San Francisco Have So Few Families?
Comparing San Francisco to Other U.S. Cities
February 1, 2006 SPUR Report Form and Reform
Fixing the California Environmental Quality Act
January 18, 2006 SPUR Report Muni's Billion Dollar Problem
How to fix Muni's fiscal crisis
November 1, 2005 Article The Character of a City
Reading Public Art in Portland
November 1, 2005 Article They Planned, It Worked
Learning from Portland’s collaborative approach to local governance
November 1, 2005 Article Don’t Blame Me, I Didn’t Vote
What can San Francisco do to improve voter participation?
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition I - No Military Recruiters in Public Schools, Scholarships for Education, and Job Training
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition H - Handgun Ban in San Francisco
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition G - Access to Underground Parking at Golden Gate Park
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition F - Neighborhood Firehouses
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition E - Election Date of the Assessor-Recorder and Public Defender
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition D - Appointments of Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition C - Ethics Commission Budget and Outside Counsel
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition B - Street and Sidewalk Improvement Bond
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide Proposition A - Community College District General Obligation Bonds
November 1, 2005 Voter Guide November 2005 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2005 ballot
November 1, 2005 Article Civic Planning in Portland
Perfecting the art of citizen-based policy research
November 1, 2005 Article Pragmatism Before Megaprojects
Ten transportation lessons from Portland
October 1, 2005 Article Don't Blame Me, I Didn't Vote
What can San Francisco do to improve voter participation?
September 1, 2005 Article Estimating the External Costs of Driving in San Francisco
The hidden costs of driving
August 1, 2005 Article From Railyard to Neighborhood: The Rise of Mission Bay
How Mission Bay emerged from plan to development
August 1, 2005 Article The Greening of Mission Bay
What’s going right, what could be better
August 1, 2005 Article More Than a Plan, Less Than a Place
An assessment for Mission Bay
July 1, 2005 Article Fixing San Francisco’s Contracting Process
June 1, 2005 Article Eco City, San Francisco
May 18, 2005 SPUR Report Reversing Muni's Downward Spiral
Increasing Muni's speed and productivity
May 16, 2005 SPUR Report Reforming the Department of Human Resources
Improving civil service delivery in San Francisco
March 1, 2005 Article HOPE VI in San Francisco
A progress report
February 1, 2005 Article Measure 37 Passes
Will Oregon property rights measure come to California?
January 3, 2005 SPUR Report The Big Fix
Capital planning and city government
January 1, 2005 Article Making Development Pay for the Public Realm
The results of a Rincon Hill study commissioned by SPUR get us closer to understanding how high developer fees can go before making development infeasible.
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition C - Health Service System
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition K - Business Taxes
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition E - Increasing Retirement Benefits to Qualified Survivors of Certain Police And Firefighters Who Die In The Line Of Fire
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition L - Use of Hotel Surcharge to Preserve Single-Screen Movie Theaters
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition N - Military Action in Iraq
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition O - Use of New Sales Tax Funds
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition AA - BART General Obligation Bond
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition F - Non-Citizen Voting in School Board Elections
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition D - Small Business Commission
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition G - Authorizing Health Plans for City Residents
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition C - City Services Auditor
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition H - Naming The City-Owned Stadium "Candlestick Park"
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition D - Multiple-Subject Charter Amendment
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition I - Create an Office of Economic Analysis; Economic Development Plan
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition A - Supportive and Affordable Rental Housing and Homeownership Bond
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition J - Sales Tax Increase
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition B - Neighborhood Historical Resources Preservation Bond
November 1, 2004 Voter Guide November 2004 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2004 ballot
October 1, 2004 SPUR Report Parking and Livability in Downtown San Francisco
Policies to reduce congestion
September 1, 2004 SPUR Report Multimodal Planning at MTA
Five years after the passage of Proposition E, it's time for the City to take the next step in transportation reform.
September 1, 2004 Article Traffic Calming in Three European Cities
Lessons from Zurich, Vienna and Munich
August 1, 2004 Article Earthquakes: San Francisco at Risk
The City has failed in its efforts to address earthquake preparedness so far, but a recent report has many of the answers
July 21, 2004 SPUR Report Promoting Homeownership Through Condominium Conversion
A closer look at condominium conversion
July 1, 2004 Article South Coast City
What San Francisco can learn from San Diego
July 1, 2004 Article Edge, Encounter, Common Ground: Borders and the Public Realm
The U.S./Mexico Border Station may not be a walk in the park, but it has a lot to teach us about how we design - and manage - our public spaces
July 1, 2004 Article Regional Planning Without Regional Government
The San Diego Association of Governments has achieved a remarkable degree of integration over the years. Should we follow its lead?
June 1, 2004 Article Bicycling and the City
The joys of living car-free
June 1, 2004 Article City of Children
May 1, 2004 Article Why Can't New Buildings Be as Nice as Old Buildings?
It's the ceiling heights, for one thing
May 1, 2004 Article How to Turn a Parking Lot Into Apartments, a Library and a Grocery Store — the Hard Way
March 1, 2004 SPUR Report Planning Department Reform Agenda
Planning the City's Future
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition RM2 - Bridge Toll Increase
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition A - Transfer of Vacation and Sick Leave
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition B - Retirement Benefits: DAs & Public Defenders
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition C - Police Staffing Level
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition J - Workforce Housing
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition D - Retirement Benefits: Domestic Partners
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition E - Public Records Requests
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition F - Reclassify Deputy Sheriffs
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition H - Public Education Fund
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition I - MUNI Diesel Bus Replacement
March 1, 2004 Voter Guide Proposition G - Military Leave Compensation
February 6, 2004 Voter Guide March 2004 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the March 2004 ballot
February 1, 2004 Article Business Taxes in San Francisco
This article appeared in the February, 2004 issue of the SPUR newsletter.
February 1, 2004 Article The City's Budget 2003 - 2005
Projections for city budget challenges in 2003-2005
January 1, 2004 Article An Interview with Brian O'Neill
January 1, 2004 Article Changing the Rules
Toward a streamlined solar permitting process
January 1, 2004 Article Replacing Doyle Drive
Past and present solutions
January 1, 2004 Article Remaking the Presidio's Main Parade Ground
A vision for a dynamic public open space
November 1, 2003 Article Sex, Planning, and Rock and Roll (in Vancouver)
How these Canadians get things passed
November 1, 2003 Article The Importance of Learning from Other Places
Can Vancouver show us the way forward?
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition G - Rainy Day Fund
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition H - Police Commission/Office of Citizen Complaints
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition J - Facilities for the Homeless
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition I - Child Care for Low Income Families
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition K - Transportation Sales Tax
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition L - Minimum Wage
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition M - Aggressive Panhandling Ban
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition N - Taxi Permit Holder Disability
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition A - School Bond
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition B - Retirement Benefits for Safety Employees
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition E - Ethics Reform
November 1, 2003 Voter Guide Proposition F - Targeted Early Retirement
November 1, 2003 Article A Walk in Stanley Park
How does it measure up?
November 1, 2003 Article The Vancouver Style
What makes this city special?
November 1, 2003 Article Vancouver's View Corridors
Should San Francisco adopt similar guidelines?
October 1, 2003 Voter Guide November 2003 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2003 ballot
September 1, 2003 Article Projections 2003: A Review and Critique
Assessing changes to regional growth projections
September 1, 2003 Article ABAG and MTC: Closer to Coordination?
Assessing recent attempts to better link ABAG and MTC
September 1, 2003 Article Case Study in Regional Planning: Portland's Metro Council
How and why regional government works in Portland, Oregon
September 1, 2003 Article On the Level
Improving regional transportation planning
September 1, 2003 Article Bay Area Regionalism - Can We Get There?
Assessing regionalism’s prospects, 20 years after Bay Vision 2020
September 1, 2003 Article What Is a Parkway?
Designing more sustainable highways
August 1, 2003 Article The Ecological Footprint of Energy
Local opportunities for a responsible energy policy
August 1, 2003 Article Deregulation, Re-Regulation and California's Energy Future
Lessons learned, moving forward
August 1, 2003 Article Finding a Site for a Power Plant
Where should the City site its new combustion turbines?
August 1, 2003 Article Choosing San Francisco's Energy Future
Options for a more renewable portfolio
July 1, 2003 Article Democracy and Planning
What is the most democratic way to make planning decisions?
July 1, 2003 Article From a Distance
Reflections on neighborhood planning
July 1, 2003 Article Supervisors as Planners
How will this affect the City's abillity to achieve good planning?
July 1, 2003 Article More CEQA Delays?
And their impact on infill housing
July 1, 2003 Article Large Retail Commercial Sites in San Francisco: Issues and Opportunities
Issues and opportunities
June 1, 2003 Article Natural Space, Social Space
May 1, 2003 Article Crisis and Opportunity in the City Budget
An in-depth view and principles for reform
March 1, 2003 Article Community Vision/Regional Action
Community Vision, Regional Action
March 1, 2003 Article San Francisco's Housing Crisis
A response by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition's
March 1, 2003 Article The California Futures Network
A strategy for a new statewide smart growth group
February 1, 2003 Article An Open Letter to the Left
What can we do better?
February 1, 2003 Article An Open Letter to the Business Community
What can we do better?
February 1, 2003 Article Economic Indicators
The current state of our local economy
January 1, 2003 Article A History of Ever-changing Rincon Hill
The evolution of a neighborhood
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition K - Selection of Official Newspapers
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition L - Real Property Transfer Tax
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition H - Police and Firefighter Retirement Benefits
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition M - Economic Development
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition R - Condominium Conversion with Certain Conditions
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition N - Care not Cash
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Measure BB - BART Seismic Retrofit General Obligation Bond
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition O - Providing Services and Payments to Homeless Individuals
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition P - Revenue Bond Oversight Committee
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition Q - Use of City Funds
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition A - Water Bonds
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition S - Medical Marijuana
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition B - Affordable Housing Bonds
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition C - Veterans Building Bonds
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition D - Energy
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition E - Water and Sewer Rates, Surplus Funds
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition G - Election Assistance
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition F - Entertainment Commission Appointments
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition I - Paid Parental Leave
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition J - Supervisors' Salaries
November 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition C - Vacancy in Elective Office
November 1, 2002 Article Only in San Francisco?
The city's political culture in comparative perspective
November 1, 2002 Article Timing Is Everything
Instant run-offs, election timing and voter turnout
October 1, 2002 Voter Guide November 2002 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2002 ballot
August 2, 2002 SPUR Report San Francisco’s Affordable Housing Bond
The success of Proposition A
July 17, 2002 SPUR Report Homelessness in a Progressive City
Targeting causes, proposing solutions
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition F - Citizen General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition A - Instant Run-Off Voting
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition B - City Retiree Cost of Living
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition C - Non-Citizens as Members of Boards, Commissions and Advisory Bodies
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition G - Ban on New Billboards
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition D - Appointments to Planning Commission and Board of Appeals
March 1, 2002 Voter Guide Proposition E - Survivor Benefits for Domestic Partners of City & County Employees Previously Excluded
February 1, 2002 Voter Guide March 2002 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the March 2002 ballot
January 16, 2002 SPUR Report Mid-Market Street Redevelopment District
A plan for incremental change
January 2, 2002 Article Muni's Vision for Rapid Transit
A transit expansion proposal for San Francisco
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Proposition D - Land Fill in San Francisco Bay
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Proposition E - Ethics, Elections, Outside Counsel
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Propositions F and I - Public Power
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Proposition G - Redistricting
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Proposition H - Revenue Bonds, Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Proposition A - San Francisco Community College District General Obligation Bonds
November 1, 2001 Voter Guide Proposition B - Renewable Energy Bonds
November 1, 2001 Article San Francisco's Response to the Housing Crisis
An update on recent policies
November 1, 2001 Article San Francisco’s Utilities in the 21st Century
October 1, 2001 Article City of Safety
Planning in the age of terrorism
October 1, 2001 Article City of Safety
Planning in the age of terrorism
October 1, 2001 Voter Guide November 2001 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2001 ballot
September 1, 2001 Article Ecological Design, Urban Places, and the Culture of Sustainability
Can city-building foster a culture of sustainability?
September 1, 2001 Article Learning from the City
July 1, 2001 Article Reforming Local Government
How can San Francisco make the most of its public resources?
July 1, 2001 Article San Francisco by the Numbers
Planning after the 2000 Census
July 1, 2001 Article The 2000 Census: By the Tract
How demographics of San Francisco’s neighborhoods changed in the 1990s
June 21, 2001 Article Planning for Growth
Three proposals for the temporary modification of Prop. M
June 20, 2001 SPUR Report Planning for Growth
A proposal to expand the city's transit impact development fee
June 1, 2001 Article Ecological Parks
A talk by Michael Boland at the SPUR Citizen Planning Institute
June 1, 2001 Article Sustainable Redevelopment for San Francisco
Strategies for moving forward
June 1, 2001 SPUR Report Green Buildings
Bringing Environmentally Sensitive Design To San Francisco 
May 1, 2001 Article Towards Transit-Oriented Development
Stopping sprawl in the Bay Area
May 1, 2001 Article Strategic Regional Decision-Making
Making decisions focused on regional welfare not parochial interests
May 1, 2001 Article Sprawling Beyond the Edges
The eras of outward sprawl in the Bay Area and what comes next
May 1, 2001 Article Where to Put the Bay Area's Next Million?
Creating mixed-use centers on transit to fix housing and car reliance
March 1, 2001 Article What Is a City?
Fourteen San Franciscans offer their views on what makes a good city
March 1, 2001 Article Two Decades of Change
The Education of Gerald Adams
March 1, 2001 Article Towards a More Perfect Union
Thoughts on Union Square
March 1, 2001 Article The Social and Physical Fabric of Place
Architecture in the scope of planning
February 1, 2001 Article Public/Private Partnerships 101:
Lessons about management and negotiation
January 1, 2001 SPUR Report The Next Step in Muni Reform
A Citywide Plan for Transit Expansion
January 1, 2001 Article The Special Assistant Problem
Why we need to reform the civil service system
January 1, 2001 Article Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Solving the City's Deferred Maintenance Problem
Proposals for putting more funds into maintaining infrastructure
January 1, 2001 Article Some Thoughts on District Elections and the New Progressive Majority
January 1, 2001 Article Reinventing Government in San Francisco
Reforms for a better city
January 1, 2001 Article Small Steps Toward a Better City
An interview with City Controller Ed Harrington
November 7, 2000 Voter Guide November 2000 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the November 2000 ballot
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition N - Regulating Condo-type Ownership Structures (TICs)
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition O - Campaign Finance Reform (Public Funding, Soft Money Restrictions)
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition P - Hunter's Point Shipyard Remediation
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition Q - Pedestrian Safety Fund
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition R - Pier 45 Policy Preference
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition C - Pension Benefits for Misc. County and City Employees
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition A - $106 Million Branch Library Bond Measure
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition B - District Staff for Board of Supervisors (keep 3rd aide)
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition D - Continue Children's Fund
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition E - Medical Benefits for Retirees
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Propositions F and G - Saturday Closure of JFK Drive
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition H - Pass-Through of Costs to Residential Tenants
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition I - Business Tax
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition J - Tax Payer Protection Amendment
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Propositions K and L - Competing Growth Conrol Reform Measures
November 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition M - Taxi Measure
September 1, 2000 Article It Takes a City
Thoughts from Arlene Ackerman and Kathleen Turner
September 1, 2000 Article The Next Stage of Ecological Urban Design
Integrating features of our natural landscape into practice
July 19, 2000 SPUR Report SOMA Transportation and the Land Use Connection
Making the transportation and land use connection
July 19, 2000 SPUR Report Reducing Uncertainty, Increasing Efficiency
Reforming the building approval process
July 1, 2000 SPUR Report San Francisco Economy
Implications for Public Policy
June 1, 2000 Article Changing Roles of Urban Parks
From Pleasure Garden to Open Space
May 17, 2000 SPUR Report Better Parks in San Francisco
An action plan for the Department of Parks and Recreation
May 17, 2000 Article The Future of Visitacion Valley
Advocating for transit-oriented development
May 1, 2000 Article A Dilemma for "Sustainable Regionalists"
Or, the real reason to strengthen regional governance
May 1, 2000 Article Redesigning Harvey Milk Plaza
Envisioning a civic memorial
April 19, 2000 SPUR Report What's Next for Muni
Recommendations for the new agency
March 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition A - Recreation and Parks, Bond Measure
March 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition B - California Academy of Sciences, Bond Measure
March 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition F - Bayview Hunter's Point Reparations, Declaration of Policy
March 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition C - Open Space Fund, Charter Amendment
March 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition D - Board of Supervisors Health and Retirement Benefits, Charter Amendment
March 1, 2000 Voter Guide Proposition E - Public Assistance Benefits, Ordinance
March 1, 2000 Article Sustaining a Livable City in the New Millennium
Parking, transit and other issues to resolve in making a livable city
March 1, 2000 Article City Carshare
Providing cars without encouraging over-use
February 1, 2000 Voter Guide March 2000 Voter Guide
Analysis and recommendations for the March 2000 ballot
February 1, 2000 Article "Glocalization," Regionalism and District Elections
Reflections on San Francisco Politics in the Year 2000
February 1, 2000 Article District Elections in San Francisco
What will change and how?
January 1, 2000 Article Navigating That Last Tenth of a Mile
Property rights and service choice in the new telecom market
January 1, 2000 Article Victory on Muni Reform
The creation of the SFMTA
January 1, 2000 Article Chinatown(s)
A Conversation with David Lee, Exec. Director of the Chinese American Voter Education Committee
November 1, 1999 SPUR Report California High Speed Rail Project
SPUR's call to action
November 1, 1999 Article The Decline of the Port
A look at the transformation of the Port of San Francisco
November 1, 1999 Article The Public Trust Doctrine
San Francisco's waterfront
October 1, 1999 Article Evaluating the New City Charter
A three-year report card
October 1, 1999 Article Renewal to Research
A Brief History of the Changing R in SPUR
October 1, 1999 Article A Living Wage for San Francisco
Recommendations for drafting a responsible measure
September 1, 1999 Article Smart Region, Smart Growth
A smart growth alternative to the 1998 Regional Transportation Plan
September 1, 1999 Article Forecasting the Future
How to use multiple projections to positively shape regional growth
September 1, 1999 Article An Interview with Joe Bodovitz
An interview with former SPUR deputy director Joe Bodovitz
August 1, 1999 Article San Francisco's Downtown Plan
Landmark guidelines shape city's growth
August 1, 1999 Article Specific Area Plans
Building consensus for infill housing
August 1, 1999 Article The San Francisco Urban Design Element
July 1, 1999 Article The High-Rise Hegira
From nostalgia for the good old days to mandatory Postmodernism
July 1, 1999 Article Proposition M and the Downtown Growth Battle
Do high-rises create a healther economy?
July 1, 1999 Article More Density, More Parks
How to build a sustainable city
July 1, 1999 Article More Density — With Nature — Means a Healthy Future
A vision for reshaping the city with more density and open space
June 1, 1999 SPUR Report Transportation Principles for San Francisco
A framework to guide our transit-first policies
June 1, 1999 Article The Muni Paradox
A social history of the Municipal Railway
June 1, 1999 Article The Last Time We Tried to Fix Muni
Interview with John Kirkwood
May 1, 1999 Article Establishing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
How SPUR helped establish our local national park
May 1, 1999 Article Interview: John Jacobs
SPUR's second Executive Director
March 1, 1999 SPUR Report Building Department Review and Inspection
Reducing the Uncertainty and Increasing the Efficiency
March 1, 1999 Article Fifty Years of Redevelopment
Lessons for the future
February 1, 1999 Article Interview: John Hirten
SPUR's first Executive Director
January 1, 1999 Article An Interview With Dorothy Erskine
A founder of SPUR and Greenbelt Alliance
September 1, 1998 SPUR Report Planning for Parks Renaissance
July 1, 1998 SPUR Report Planning for Parks Renaissance
Management recommendations to fix our parks
March 1, 1998 SPUR Report The Central Waterfront
One answer to San Francisco's housing crisis
Article Bus Rapid Transit on Geary Boulevard
Article Expand use of Commuter Benefits
Article Bus Rapid Transit on Van Ness Avenue
Article Permit more housing development in San Francisco
Article Build the Transbay Transit Center/Downtown extension of Caltrain
Article Regional Compact Land Use Development (MTC 2035 Land Use Scenario)
Article Build the Central Subway
Article Convert the City vehicle fleet to biodiesel fuel
Article Update the Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO)
Article Caltrain Electrification
Article Create a Greenhouse Gas Standard for the Taxi Fleet
Article Build food scrap digesters to produce energy from compost
Article Expand Regional Ferry Service
Article Reduce Airport Emissions by Eliminating Airplane Taxiing under Jet Power
Article Create a loan program to finance comprehensive energy efficiency services
Article Build the bicycle network (Phase 1)
Article Retime traffic signals to reduce idling and congestion
Article Require home energy performance testing at time of sale or renovation (RECO)
Article Implement bicycle improvements (Phase 2)
Article Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Passenger Vehicles (Pavley Law)
Article Require retrocommissioning upon resale or renovation of commercial buildings
Article Bike rental or sharing program like Paris Velib
Article State Incentives for Clean Air Vehicles (Feebates)
Article Reinstate the Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinance (CECO)
Article Expand energy efficiency rebates and installation services
Article Implement variable rate road pricing
Article Expand High Occupancy Toll lanes throughout Bay Area
Article Create a residential “Green Lease” program
Article Implement Climate Fee on Gasoline (AB 2744 (2008))
Article Impose a carbon tax
Article Expand solar PV incentives
Article Use Prices to Manage the Supply of Curb Parking
Article Expand small-scale wind generation
Article Expand Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance
Article Build smart grid infrastructure
Article Set aside car-sharing spaces on the street to promote car-sharing
Article Require recycling and composting
Article Individualized Marketing Programs (Travelchoice)
Article Implement TEP recommendations for Muni
Article Enforce parking cash-out law