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Ideas + Action 2021: Sustainability and Resilience

Join climate leaders in conversation June 21-23

Regional Strategy 2021

Welcome to 2070

The SPUR Regional Strategy has landed

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Housing the Region

Reimagining the Bay Area's housing policies

More Harm Than Good

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California’s system of fines and fees is causing significant financial harm to low-income, Black, and Latinx communities in the San Francisco Bay Area — which runs counter to the region’s commitment to an equitable economic recovery. To address these challenges, California should eliminate its reliance on punitive fees and introduce more effective ways to promote behavior that supports safety and the greater social good.

Greetings From 2070. The Bay Area Is Thriving. Here’s How We Staved Off Dystopia

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Remember the summer of 2021? Everyone was thrilled that COVID was largely contained and that California was reopening. But that sense of relief didn’t last long. Housing was too expensive. More people were falling into homelessness. Drought was everywhere. But that was then. By 2070, we turned a region on the precipice of dystopia into a sustainable, affordable and equitable place to live. Here's how we did it.

Six Ways We Can Create an Integrated Transit Network, Together

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One of the barriers to restoring Bay Area transit ridership after the pandemic is the fragmented nature of our public transit system, which can discourage people from riding. To stimulate recovery of both the transit system and the economy, policymakers are now pushing for changes that will welcome riders back and make regional transit work for more people. To make the most of these opportunities, SPUR believes six principles should guide this work.

Regional Challenges Need a Regional Approach

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SPUR’s recently released Regional Strategy outlines a vision for the Bay Area of 2070 as an equitable, sustainable and prosperous region. The strategy provides a roadmap for building that future and centers deep regional cooperation as critical to transformational change. To celebrate the release of the project, four Bay Area civic leaders gathered on May 13 to talk about the role of regionalism in advancing a future where everyone thrives.

From Transit to Tipoff: Solving the Transportation Challenges of Large Venues

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Large venues like convention centers, stadiums and sports arenas play an important role in the social and economic life of our cities. As public space, they bring people together to be inspired, celebrate victory (or commiserate loss) and share passions. At the same time, they are a critical economic driver, contributing to a city’s tax base and bolstering the sales of nearby businesses. However, over the last decade there has been a shift in thinking for how these centers can be better integrated into the community and designed as mixed-use destinations that focus on placemaking and people, regardless if you have a ticket to the event or game.