December 2016 to January 2017
More and more people with the means to purchase a home are turning to the few places left in the Bay Area that are still (relatively) affordable. This includes East Oakland, which experienced the Bay Area's most explosive growth in home prices, resulting in our current phenomenon of displacement without development.
In a region where people largely agree with each other about national issues, our most heated political debates revolve around local land use. The emergence of a Yes In My Back Yard movement has the potential to change long-unchallenged political dynamics.
Every reform proposal has powerful opponents, and Governor Jerry Brown’s “by-right” housing proposal was no exception. As a result, the policy, which would have automatically approved certain housing developments that comply with local zoning, failed to pass in the legislature.
Governor Jerry Brown and the state legislature extended and strengthened the most ambitious climate change law in the United States. With existing national climate mandates vulnerable under the incoming federal administration, this kind of state-level leadership is more important than ever.
The year 2016 will likely be marked as the tipping point for soda taxes. Voters approved soda taxes everywhere they appeared on the ballot this November. Two local legislatures also passed soda taxes this year. Which cities or states will be next?
SPUR’s staff photographer Sergio Ruiz has been documenting the progress of the Transbay Transit Center since just before the original terminal was demolished in 2010. The Center, which includes five levels of transit, retail and public open space meant to accommodate more than 100,000 passengers every weekday, is set to complete its first phase of construction by the end of this year.
Generous to a fault
For earthquake engineer and SPUR Board Chair David Friedman, philanthropy is a birthright.
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?
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.