March 7, 2019
The success of e-scooters and other micro-mobility vehicles has created challenges over safety and the allocation of street and sidewalk space. SPUR believes micro-mobility vehicles can relieve congestion and help cities reduce carbon emissions. As cities look for ways to better balance their rise, new regulations should focus on four objectives that will promote their use while keeping cities safe and welcoming for everyone.
February 21, 2019
One of the key causes cited for the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis is that demand for housing continually outstrips the available supply. If only the region had built more housing, extreme competition for a limited number of units wouldn’t be driving prices so high. How much housing should the region have built? SPUR presents new data to answer this question.
February 13, 2019
Since launching Climate Smart San Jose in February 2018, the City of San Jose has been leading the charge to reduce air pollution, conserve water, and create a stronger and healthier community. Recognizing that all sectors need to help meet these goals, city staff proposed an ordinance that would increase commercial building energy efficiency through a transparent open-data benchmarking tool. SPUR strongly supports the ordinance.
January 31, 2019
The Bay Area’s housing shortage and affordability crisis is arguably the greatest threat to its future. In January, the region took an important step forward with the endorsement of the CASA Compact, a grand bargain among dozens of governments and organizations to arrive at real solutions.
January 17, 2019
As part of our research for the SPUR Regional Strategy, we reviewed data projections to 2030 to see what types of jobs are growing and how the coming retirement wave will affect job openings.