buildings in downtown SF

Flexible Work Has Reshaped Downtown San Francisco

How Will the City Embrace the New Normal?

wooden ADU models

Small Infrastructures

An exhibition of ADU designs using economics of building assembly for experimentation

copenhagen harbor

Can the Bay Area Learn from Copenhagen’s 1990s Reinvention?

Reporting back from SPUR's 2022 study trip

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SPUR’s First 10 Years in San José

A retrospective of SPUR's work in the South Bay

Computer generated overhead rendering of Battery Bluff. Includes blue, cloudy skies, greenery surrounding the park and streets, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay.

A Parkway for the People

Celebrating the completion of the epic, 31-year Presidio Parkway project

Taking a Big Step Toward a More Coordinated Transit Network in the Bay Area

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area transit agencies are on the cusp of establishing the region’s first network manager. What does this development mean for regional transit and what happens next? SPUR has three ideas for getting the new organization off to a good start.

What It Will Take to Make the Howard Terminal Ballpark Project a Home Run for Oakland

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The Howard Terminal Ballpark Project represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the City of Oakland. In addition to keeping the A’s from moving, it could help the city realize benefits ranging from well-paying jobs and affordable housing to infrastructure and environmental improvements. But if not well-managed, the project could displace residents in adjacent West Oakland and Chinatown and create congestion, safety risks, and potential disruptions for the Port of Oakland. SPUR is advocating for ways to ensure the project reaches its potential.

To Learn and Serve: An Exit Interview With Departing MTC Director Therese McMillan

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At the end of January, Therese McMillan, the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, will retire after a three-decade career in transportation planning. SPUR President and CEO Alicia John-Baptiste spoke with her about how the agencies have evolved over time, what she learned working at the federal level, and how she grew into her role as a leader in transportation equity.

Why San José Should Make Guadalupe River Park a Focal Point of Its Downtown Economic Development

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Well-designed, well-maintained, and well-programmed parks and open spaces are important components of cities’ equitable economic development strategies thanks to their social, environmental, and community-building benefits. Revitalizing Guadalupe River Park and Gardens could help San José achieve its goals as it pursues economic development downtown. Along with SPUR research, responses to a SPUR survey in an online exhibition suggest how stakeholders can positively re-shape the spatial dynamic between community and ecology as well as center equity and inclusion in the park’s reactivation.

SPUR 2022 Impact Report

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The 2022 SPUR Impact Report highlights the work our members made possible this year, from repealing parking mandates to streamlining residential solar installation. We helped pass six state bills and three ballot measures; wrote 59 briefs, papers and letters; and hosted over 6,800 guests at public programs.