October 2016 to November 2016
San Francisco needs more housing. The question remains: Where should it go?
In a new exhibition, The City + The City , students explore how San Francisco's Affordable Housing Bonus Program and other interventions might help alleviate the city's housing shortage.
Rethinking the future of work.
From portable benefits to Universal Basic Income, Natalie Foster is working hard on solutions to improve the lives of all workers.
Oakland doesn't have as many POPOS as San Francisco - yet. Here's a few you can visit, all within a few minutes walk of SPUR Oakland.
Issue 553 September 2016
A glimpse at how Silicon Valley became Silicon Valley.
The Bay Area’s economic engine has evolved into a spatial pattern that comes with high environmental and social costs. Can we change course?
A look at how to grow the region’s economic engine more efficiently and sustainably.
The way we work is changing dramatically. Maybe it’s time that our workplaces did, too.
A piece in the Mercury News earlier this year suggested that Silicon Valley is giving Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and the Bay Area’s other tourist attractions a run for their money. But what does Silicon Valley look like? Where would you send tourists hoping to “see” it?
Making the world a better place, one juice bar at a time.
No show better captures the current milieu of Silicon Valley better than, well, HBO’s Silicon Valley . The show’s Google doppelganger, Hooli, is led by CEO Gavin Belson. We were lucky enough to grab a few minutes of Gavin’s valuable time to talk about the future of the corporate campus.
Issue 552 August 2016
On July 7, more than 2,000 people marched peacefully in Oakland to protest police killings of innocent civilians in other parts of the country. In a city that is changing quickly, and where tensions run high, a peaceful protest is worth noting. We must pay close attention to the reasons people were marching — and work as hard as we can to fix the causes.
When people want to know what can be done to change centuries of institutional racism and socialized prejudice, I want them to know my experience as a White mom to Black kids. As Americans, we are all socialized toward bias. In my experience you can change your part in it, and it is critically important for White people to take responsibility for doing so.
There are times when the very fabric of society seems to be unraveling, and this is certainly one of them. San Bernardino, Orlando, Dallas, Nice. Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling. How are those of us who think about cities to understand this moment?
Our nation is suffering from a gaping wound reminiscent of the 1960s. During that era, my parents were active in el movimiento , working alongside Cesar Chavez to advocate for better living conditions, opportunities, safety and acceptance. My parents dreamed of a different future than we are experiencing now. We must return to being an inclusive community that provides a path to opportunity and mobility.
Creating public art for professional wages, one blank wall at a time.
Urban Field Notes
Andrea Gaffney, Jared Press and Ingrid Stromberg: A trio of city-obsessed pals share a flat in Nopa.
A trio of city-obsessed pals share a flat in Nopa.