Downtown Oakland

Building the Future Together

Our Goals for SPUR’s Work in Oakland

Construction in the Bay Area

Investing in City Infrastructure

Investing in America's future

Correctional Facility Food

Alameda County Joins a Growing Movement

Buying Better Food

Bay Area Parking

Why California Has Too Much Parking

How It’s Making Climate Change and the Housing Crisis Worse

St. John Street

The Bigger Picture

Seven Ideas for Downtown San José

Coexistence in Public Space

Creating shared spaces in places with homelessness

The SPUR Regional Strategy

Planning for the Bay Area of 2070

Double Up Food Bucks Stood Tall in 2020

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SPUR's healthy food incentive program reflected the difficulties that thousands in the Bay Area faced in making ends meet during the pandemic. Double Up Food Bucks addressed the soaring demand for food assistance throughout the pandemic, and, alongside efforts by the federal government, non-profit civic engineers, and the state government, supported low-income Californians by increasing their food budgets at participating stores in Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

Remembering Al Baum

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Former SPUR Board Member, attorney, urban planner, clinical social worker, and philanthropist, Alvin H. Baum, died March 28, 2021 at age 90. Al was a trusted advisor, an intellectual stimulus, a model public citizen and most importantly a caring friend.

The Bigger Picture: Five Ideas for Transforming the San Francisco Waterfront

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SPUR’s Bigger Picture series proposes ideas for key locations in San Francisco, San José and Oakland. Each exploration represents an opportunity to tackle major regional challenges through local planning processes. Our second report in the series looks at San Francisco’s waterfront, where climate-protection plans are providing an opportunity to restore the natural ecology and improve access to the waterfront — especially for historically excluded neighborhoods.

The View from Sacramento: State Legislators Share Their Priorities for the Coming Year

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The COVID-19 pandemic upended last year’s legislative session, and now legislators are making up for lost time with an ambitious set of proposed bills. Earlier this month, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember David Chiu and Assemblymember Philip Ting joined SPUR and the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition for a conversation about the prospects and priorities for the coming legislative session.

Giving Buses Priority on the Bay Bridge Will Improve Access and Equity

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Improving equitable access, creating a more resilient transit network and delivering on environmental priorities requires faster and more reliable transit travel on the Bay Bridge. A recent SPUR Digital Discourse highlighted AB455, a bill to deliver better, faster fairer bus service across the Bay Bridge. The conversation also highlighted the current state of Bay Bridge transit and tackled the questions why and how to improve transbay bus service.