April 2017 to May 2017
Last year zoning turned 100. What will the next century bring?
Last year, zoning turned 100. What will the next century bring? We invited planners, architects, journalists, economists and others to weigh in: What should change? What should remain? Will we, as New Urbanist Andres Duany suggests, look forward to the day zoning no longer exists at all?
SPUR's San Jose office is celebrating five years of advocacy and community engagement.
Five years ago, SPUR’s vision for addressing the challenges facing the Bay Area took a major step forward with the opening of SPUR in San Jose. We would like to thank our board of directors, funders, business and individual members, and community partners, and we look forward to being a part of the transformational changes San Jose will experience over the next five years.
Our correspondent witnesses a wonderfully urbane model of freedom in Berlin.
Our correspondent witnesses a wonderfully urbane model of freedom in Berlin. Here, some observations about Berlin’s transportation, transit and pedestrian system — the arterials and capillaries of urban design and planning - as it relates to the city’s personality and livability.
A childhood fascination with trains led to a lifelong interest in how cities work.
Brad works out of Google’s San Francisco office on the Material Design team, which publishes a set of guidelines and tools that aim to make apps and other digital experiences more beautiful. Last fall, in his spare time, he volunteered to build a website for SPUR’s Voter Guide — the result provided essential information for thousands of voters confronting San Francisco’s ballot measures last fall.
February 2017 to March 2017
How to keep the Bay Area’s innovation economy moving
The Caltrain Corridor, home of the Silicon Valley innovation economy, holds much of the Bay Area’s promise and opportunity, but its transportation system is breaking down. We propose a transformative vision for the corridor, along with recommendations for how to fund and implement it.
The second annual Market Street Prototyping Festival showcased engaging and experimental installations from artists, designers and placemakers, giving people a sense of what Market Street could look like in the future.
Restarting Her City
Designing landscapes by day, re-envisioning urbanism by night.
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.