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April 10, 2014 Article The Great Dithering
The waters are rising, and cities can’t move out of the way. Can we act decisively enough to avert catastrophic climate change?
April 10, 2014 Article Taking Action on Sea Level Rise
SPUR takes a look at some of the efforts to build resilience and to adapt our shoreline to future sea levels.
April 3, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Joint Powers Authority Amendment
Letter supporting legislation clarifying the power of Joint Powers Authorities to levy a fee or tax.
March 17, 2014 SPUR Report The Future of Downtown San Jose
How the South Bay's urban center can achieve its potential
March 12, 2014 SPUR Report SPUR's Agenda for Change
Our vision for a Bay Area at its best
March 11, 2014 Article Transforming Downtown San Jose
Six ideas for strengthening the urban center of the South Bay
February 21, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Berryessa BART Parking Garage Project Design
Letter recommending specific design recommendations for the Berryessa BART parking garage before design-build contract is awarded
February 13, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Diridon Station Area Plan Draft
Letter supporting the draft of the Diridon Station Area Plan and recommending specific adjustments before it is adopted.
January 14, 2014 Article A Taste of the Future on North First Street?
Samsung's massive new headquarters could signal a shift towards denser, more urban design in San Jose.
January 6, 2014 Policy Letter SPUR Weighs in on North San Jose Urban Design Guidelines
Letter encouraging San Jose to strengthen, not weaken, its commitment to urban design
December 17, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Regional Prosperity Plan - Economic Prosperity Strategies
Outlines the Plan framework and key proposed strategies for connecting low- and moderate- wage workers with greater economic opportunity
December 17, 2013 Article Ridesharing Accelerates
California gives ridesharing companies the go-ahead to operate under new regulations.
December 12, 2013 SPUR Report Getting to Great Places
How better urban design will strengthen San Jose's future
December 2, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Urban Ag Zoning Changes in San Jose
Letter supporting the permission of small-scale urban agriculture in commercial zones of the city
November 17, 2013 Article Walk This Way
A roadmap for better urban design in San Jose. Excerpted from the SPUR report "Getting to Great Places."
November 13, 2013 SPUR Report SPUR 2012-2013 Annual Report
The Future Is Urban
August 12, 2013 Article Taking It to the (Multimodal) Streets
In cities across America, the phrase “complete streets” has become a mantra. New York City is leading the way.
August 12, 2013 Article New York vs. Silicon Valley?
Could the next big tech boom be happening in New York?
July 8, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Legislation
Letters in support of Assembly Bill 551, which would allow counties to incentivize the use of private property for urban agriculture through lower property tax assessments.
May 16, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on Plan Bay Area Draft and EIR
Letter supporting the draft of Play Bay Area and recommending specific adjustments before it is adopted.
May 13, 2013 SPUR Report Locally Nourished
How a stronger regional food system improves the Bay Area
May 13, 2013 Article Member Profile: Bill Souders
San Jose’s Naglee Park Garage Bistro was once a blighted corner. Bill Souders turned it into a neighborhood gem.
May 6, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports Amendments for Outdoor Vending on Private Property
Letter offering comments on amendments to San Jose's Title 20 ordinance
April 4, 2013 Article Shaping Downtown San Jose
The quest to establish an urban center for Silicon Valley
March 18, 2013 SPUR Report Future-Proof Water
Where the Bay Area should get its water in the 21st century
February 27, 2013 Policy Letter SPUR Supports High-Rise Incentive Extension in San Jose
Letter encouraging high-density housing in downtown San Jose
February 20, 2013 SPUR Memorandum Strengthening the Bay Area's Regional Governance
A special analysis for the 2013 Silicon Valley Index
February 6, 2013 SPUR Report On Solid Ground
How good land use planning can prepare the Bay Area for a strong disaster recovery
February 6, 2013 Article Putting the Bay Area on Solid Ground
Land use planning for disaster recovery in the Bay Area. Excerpted from the SPUR report "On Solid Ground."
January 9, 2013 Article A Sea Change in California Politics?
This was an exciting year for governance in California, as many hard-won reforms were finally implemented.
December 20, 2012 Article A Bold New Vision for San Jose
San Jose's forward-thinking new general plan is a model for suburban cities looking to transform to an urban future.
December 18, 2012 Article The Corporate Campus Embraces Urbanization
Google has proposed a new vision for retrofitting its Mountain View campus as a dense and walkable urban place.
December 18, 2012 Article Federal Government Comes Through on Transportation Funding (Barely)
In July, Congress passed MAP-21, a rare piece of bipartisan legislation to fund surface transportation for two years.
November 9, 2012 Article Grand Reductions: 10 Diagrams That Changed City Planning
Many ideas that have most influenced the shape of our cities have been expressed through simple diagrams that have become iconic distillations of values, policy agendas and ideologies
November 2, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Recommendations for New San Jose Planning Requirements
Letter offering comments for crafting planning requirements that encourage mode-share shifts
October 10, 2012 Article Why Does Civic Data Matter?
A new emphasis is being placed on the availability of open data from governments but what use does this data have for citizens’ daily experience?
October 9, 2012 Article A Policy Agenda for the Sharing Economy
The emerging movement of collaborative consumption is redefining the ways goods and services are exchanged, valued and created.
September 25, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on San Jose City Hall / 6th Street BRT Station Location
Letter advocating for locating a bus rapid transit station in front of San Jose City Hall
July 10, 2012 Article Getting High-Speed Rail On Track
For California, high speed rail isn’t just a worthwhile investment, it’s a necessary one. Here’s how we can pay for it.
July 10, 2012 Article Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley
Another perk of high-speed rail? Seamlessly connecting two of California's most important economic clusters.
July 9, 2012 Policy Letter SPUR Comments on the Mountain View Draft General Plan
Letter commending the plan as one of the most visionary in the Bay Area
July 2, 2012 SPUR Report SPUR 2011-2012 Annual Report
What it means to live here
March 8, 2012 SPUR Memorandum A Better Future for Bay Area Transit
Nine ways to deliver better transit service, control costs and attract more riders
February 28, 2012 SPUR Memorandum Reforming Regional Government
Adjusting county and city representation at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
January 9, 2012 SPUR Report The Urban Future of Work
How denser, more urban workplaces will strengthen the Bay Area’s economic competitiveness
August 15, 2011 Article Shanghai’s Regional Economy
What can the Bay Area learn from China's regional approach to economic planning?
July 20, 2011 Article What Makes an Arts District Successful?
Cities across the country are using arts districts as a redevelopment tool. Here’s why the best ones work.
June 21, 2011 Policy Letter SPUR Weighs in on Regional Growth Scenarios
Comments to the MTC on scenarios for the Bay Area's Sustainable Communities Strategy
May 2, 2011 SPUR Report Climate Change Hits Home
Adaptation strategies for the San Francisco Bay Area
April 6, 2011 SPUR Memorandum Saving Caltrain for the Long Term
Strategies for funding and governing a critical regional rail system
January 3, 2011 SPUR Report Beyond the Tracks
How smart land-use planning around future high-speed rail can reshape California's growth
August 1, 2010 Article San Jose and San Francisco at a Glance
Comparing two Bay Area cities by the numbers
August 1, 2010 Article Sharing the Wealth
San Jose's plan to capture more jobs
August 1, 2010 Article Retrofitting Suburbia, San Jose Style
San Jose planners have a choice: let the city grow out, or up
August 1, 2010 Article Waves of Innovation
Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley
August 1, 2010 Article Transit in the Valley
Can smart land use boost ridership?
February 1, 2010 Article Bay Area Regional Form and Population Growth
A look at how our region developed over time
September 1, 2009 Article Job Sprawl in the Megaregion
How can we slow the decentralization of work in Northern California?
October 17, 2008 SPUR Report A Mid-life Crisis for Regional Rail
Fifty years after BART, what's next for regional rail?
November 1, 2007 Article The Northern California Megaregion
It's time to start solving problems at the scale of the megaregion