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Issue 564
May 2018 to June 2018

The Urgency to Achieve an Inclusive Economy in the Bay Area

The latest tech boom has stretched the Bay Area’s income inequality gap to its widest level in decades. Can we figure out how to ensure that this growth is created by, and benefits, all workers and families?
The latest tech boom has stretched the Bay Area’s income inequality gap to its widest level in decades. Can we figure out how to ensure that this growth is created by, and benefits, all workers and families? Read More »

Member Profile: Jeff Wood

Think you’re obsessed with buses and trains? Meet the author of the Overhead Wire.
Geographer and city planner Jeff Wood's eagerness to learn about mapping and data analysis led to the blog, The Overhead Wire. Read More »
Issue 563
March 2018 to April 2018

The Bay Area in Crisis: A Call to Action

To solve regional problems, we must think like a region.
SPUR is pleased to announce the launch of a major new project: the development of a regional strategy for the Bay Area. We aim to paint an aspirational picture of a better future, develop strategies to get us there — and inspire others to join us. Read More »

Can We Achieve Regionalism?

Learning from past efforts at solving regional issues in the Bay Area
The region’s history is full of successful efforts to solve specific regional issues but additional measures are required to tackle current challenges at scale. Read More »

Urban Field Notes: Exploring the Bay Area by Transit

There is plenty to see, and plenty of transit, around the Bay Area but the experience is far from seamless.
There is plenty to see, and plenty of transit, around the Bay Area but the experience is far from seamless. Read More »
Issue 562
January 2018 to February 2018

Reading the City

What’s your favorite book about cities? Urbanists offer their suggestions.
SPUR put out the call to planners, architects, designers, developers, professors, technologists and others with a simple question: What’s your favorite book about cities? We invite you to peruse this list and read to your heart’s content. Read More »

SPUR Welcomes Adhi Nagraj as San Francisco Director

SPUR is pleased to announce the appointment of Adhi Nagraj as its new San Francisco Director. Adhi most recently worked for BRIDGE Housing as a director of development. He is also the chair of the Oakland Planning Commission and was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the Board of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, a statewide affordable housing finance and policy organization. Read More »

Urban Field Notes: I Love the Post Office

Give it up for America’s under-appreciated infrastructure workhorse!
An infrastructure enthusiast shares his fasciation with the vast variety of post office architecture around the country. Read More »

Member Profile: Doug Farr

Since reading Manual of the Plan of Chicago as an 8th grader, this architect has had his eye on creating a better urban future.
Architect Doug Farr describes himself as “a perpetual volunteer.” He serves on not one but three boards, EcoDistricts, Elevate Energy and Illinois Green, and is former board chair of the Congress for the New Urbanism. We talked to him about Chicago, Detroit, his new book and how to speed up the process of making real change. Read More »

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