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In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Saint-Denis/Oakland

An exhibition focusing on the people who live, work and create our cities

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Making the Most of California’s High-Speed Rail Investment

How high-speed rail can change the state culturally, economically and geographically

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Different Together

The 2022 State of SPUR Address

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The SPUR 2022 Annual Report

A look back at our accomplishments this year

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A Parkway for the People

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

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Taking Aim at San Francisco’s Housing Shortage

SPUR and partners propose a ballot measure to encourage new affordable housing

Remembering Dave Hartley

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SPUR’s long-time board member and former development director Dave Hartley, widely admired as a committed urbanist and great friend, died on July 12. Dave had a lifetime of loving cities, history and architecture, which he manifested over decades of civic engagement. We all watched in amazement each year as Dave set higher and higher fundraising goals for himself and, each year, met and exceeded them. His positive attitude and teamwork skills made him a fine colleague who welcomed the growing SPUR staff.

Envisioning a Brighter Future for BART in San José

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SPUR is a long-time supporter of BART Phase II, which will bring BART service into downtown San José. The project gets many things right, but we think it can do more to reach its goal of making transit the first and best choice for more people and more types of trips. As VTA convenes a collaborative task force to explore and evaluate how to improve passenger experience and station access, we share our goals for BART Phase II and how we hope they can be translated into the project design.

What’s the Real Difference Between San Francisco’s Two Affordable Housing Ballot Measures?

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This November, San Francisco voters will be asked to choose between two competing charter amendments to streamline the creation of new affordable and workforce housing, one co-sponsored by SPUR. On the face of it, the two ballot measures appear very similar. But the policy details included in these measures make a significant difference in the impact each would have on affordable housing production in San Francisco.

Our Bill to Make Healthy Food More Affordable Died in Committee. Here’s How Far We Got.

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Earlier this year, the California Legislature considered a proposal aimed at making healthy food more affordable for Californians with low incomes. The proposal — introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula, co-sponsored by SPUR and Nourish California, and backed by a broad coalition — would have provided a penny-for-penny rebate for people buying California-grown fresh fruits and vegetables with their CalFresh dollars at participating retailers. Though the proposal didn’t pass this year, the momentum behind it demonstrated strong legislative interest in the idea, bipartisan support and positive response from people who see the value in expanding an existing program that reduces hunger, improves health and supports California’s agricultural economy.

California Leaders Invest in Economic Security

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With the passage of a $17 billion inflation relief package, the California Legislature and Governor Newsom built on the economic stimulus efforts of the past two years by getting cash into the hands of Californians and investing in programs to help people make ends meet. By continuing to invest in helping people who have been most destabilized by the pandemic, and who suffer the most under inflation, California can take meaningful steps toward building economic security for all people.