A Letter to White Urbanists

News June 1, 2020
Many white people are outraged and in pain over the murder of George Floyd. We want to be allies. But to do so, we have to take responsibility for our part in perpetuating the systems that have led to these outcomes. We have to undo our own racism, and we have to undo racism in our spheres of influence — including urban planning and policy.

SPUR Supports SFMTA’s Transportation Recovery Plan

Policy Letter June 26, 2020
SFMTA’s Transportation Recovery Plan elevates social equity and consistent evaluation and adjustment. SFMTA makes clear that bold action will be needed to minimize further unacceptable health, economic, and quality of life impacts. SPUR strongly supports this approach as the agency continues to temporarily repurpose street space as necessary to maintain public health and maximize safe mobility for the greatest number of residents.

SPUR Calls for Temporary Cap on Downtown Infrastructure Fees in San Jose

Policy Letter June 24, 2020
At the June 15 San José City Council Meeting, city staff proposed a cap on downtown infrastructure impact fees that would have doubled the current amount. Because a new fee would be unlikely to be adopted until after January of 2023, SPUR submitted a letter recommending that a temporary moratorium on infrastructure fees be adopted until at least that time, especially for loan underwriting purposes.

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