April 2016 to May 2016
Our regional economy will evolve — but how? What potential problems should we be grappling with?
This essay examines the boom-bust economic cycle, then extends the inquiry to ask questions about the longer-term fate of our region. Where is the set of innovative clusters we call “tech” going to take us?
San Francisco through the eyes of 21st-century flaneur.
I started making plein air paintings to get out of the studio and into the city. I wanted to visit locations that may not have iconic San Francisco views, but are still recognizable as San Francisco.
Sketching the City
When he’s not designing the urban environment, odds are he’s drawing pictures of it.
February 2016 to March 2016
Gertrude Stein got it wrong. There is definitely a there here.
Uptown, downtown, Old Town, Chinatown, lake, redwood forest: the possibilities for discovery in the the region's third-largest city are endless. The Urbanist invited Oaklanders to share their favorite walks.
How to ensure reliable transit and a connected region
Since the BART Transbay Tube opened in 1974, the Bay Area has grown from 4.3 million to 7.6 million people, yet we have added no new capacity for crossing the Bay. Our overburdened system threatens the region’s quality of life and its ability to grow. It's time to start planning a second transbay rail crossing. We offer seven recommendations for how to get started now.
Developer Mike Kim sees an even brighter future for the heart of Silicon Valley.
Over the past 30 years, SIMEON, a private real estate development and investment firm in San Francisco, has developed over 5 million square feet of real estate in the Bay Area and currently has a $750 million development pipeline, including three high-rise projects located in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Leading these efforts in Mike Kim, the firm’s chief investment officer.
A few of the many possible activities that Broadway provides to Oaklanders.
The four-mile length of Broadway in Oakland displays a great number of urban “biomes” — the biological term for areas of similar characteristics that give rise to common communities of flora and fauna. On what other single street could one head to work downtown, purchase a car, bike ride into the hills, listen to world famous jazz musicians and visit a newborn in the hospital?
December 2015 to January 2016
The Bay Area has emerged as one of the most significant economic engines on earth, yet some of the region's policy failures are limiting its ability to add jobs.
The Bay Area has emerged as one of the most significant economic engines on earth. Yet some of our policy failures are limiting the region’s ability to add jobs — and causing terrible problems for its residents. We know that booms and busts are an inevitable part of capitalism, but what do we know about the longer-term fate of the Bay Area innovative economy?
Voters took constructive steps to add supply of both market rate and affordable housing, while at the same time rejecting a measure that would have reduced supply.
From SPUR’s perspective, the November 2015 election was pretty close to perfect in terms of housing policy. The voters took constructive steps to add supply of both market rate and affordable housing, while at the same time rejecting a measure that would have reduced supply.
With housing demand higher than ever and construction costs rising, several multifamily developers placed their bets on prefabricated affordable housing.
With housing demand higher than ever and construction costs rising, several multifamily developers placed their bets on prefabricated affordable housing in 2015. Motivated in large part by technology's potential for delivering shorter construction times (and sometimes, lower costs), developers are beginning to use modular construction on numerous projects throughout the Bay Area.
Touring the Future Central Subway
One Friday afternoon, our intrepid editor wandered through 1.6 miles of infrastructure.