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

Meeting the Need

SPUR Report
In order to meet the region’s future housing needs, the San Francisco Bay Area will need to produce 2.2 million homes over the next 50 years across all income levels. Where should all of this housing go? And what policies are needed to ensure it can be built? To answer these questions, SPUR has developed a “New Civic Vision” for the Bay Area that balances two core goals: environmental sustainability and equity.

Housing as Infrastructure

SPUR Report
In the United States, housing is viewed as a financial asset — something to be bought, rented and sold. In other countries, housing is a human right, necessary for the health and well-being of every person. In these places, housing is affordable to a broad swath of the population, and homelessness is less prevalent. If we began to treat housing as infrastructure, what might the results look like in the Bay Area?

Housing the Region

SPUR Report
Imagine a Bay Area where our greatest challenge, the scarcity and expense of housing, has been solved. This may sound like an impossible dream, but it isn’t. Within the next 50 years, we can live in an affordable region. But only if we make significant changes, starting right now. SPUR's series Housing the Region defines the Bay Area's housing crisis and put forth concrete steps to build a better, more affordable region.

What It Will Really Take to Create an Affordable Bay Area

SPUR Report
The high cost of housing has come to define the San Francisco Bay Area. It dictates who gets to live here, which in turn dictates who gets to participate in the region’s economy and political process. This report, the first in a series, looks at why housing prices have escalated so dramatically, what the impacts of those escalating costs have been on residents and who has borne the brunt of those impacts.

Managing Wildfire Risk and New Development

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California has experienced unprecedented wildfire damage in the last several years as climate change has increased temperatures and dried out land and vegetation. The seven largest wildfires in recorded California history have all taken place in the last four years. As a state, we need to develop tools to help us combat wildfire risk in order to save lives, homes and communities.