Issue 495 August 2010

San Jose and San Francisco at a Glance

Comparing two Bay Area cities by the numbers
Each spring, SPUR takes an annual city trip to learn about urbanist strategies that are working — or not working — in other cities around the world. This year we turned our lense to our own region and hopped on a Caltrain baby bullet to San Jose. With a population of about one million, San Jose is now the largest city in Northern California. In a generation it could have twice the population of San Francisco. Here's a look at the differences and similiarities today between the populations of San Jose and San Franicsco. Click any image to enlarge. Sources: All data from 2006-2008 American Community Survey, Census Quick Facts , except the following: Population: San Jose Planning Data , ABAG Building Momentum; Share of Region: Bay Area Census , Bay Area Census: San Francisco County , San Jose PLanning Data , ABAG Building Momentum; Work Location: 2010 San Jose Economic Develpment Strategy. Read More »

Transit in the Valley

Can smart land use boost ridership?
The South Bay has particular challenges when it comes to transit—a robust network of light-rail and buses, but some of the lowest ridership numbers in the country. Can better land-use policy help? Read More »

Waves of Innovation

Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
Facing the prospect of extraordinary population and job growth, San Jose planners have a choice: to let the city grow out, or up. How will they retrofit San Jose's car-oriented development pattern into thriving, walkable communities? Read More »

Retrofitting Suburbia, San Jose Style

San Jose planners have a choice: let the city grow out, or up
Facing the prospect of extraordinary population and job growth, San Jose planners have a choice: to let the city grow out, or up. How will they retrofit San Jose's car-oriented development pattern into thriving, walkable communities? Read More »

Sharing the Wealth

San Jose's plan to capture more jobs
Facing the loss of over 50,000 jobs since the onset of the 2008 recession, the City of San Jose embarked on a major update of its economic strategy. What is San Jose's approach to regaining the jobs and revenue it has lost while also investing for future success? Read More »

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