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The Bigger Picture

Ten ideas for equitable transportation in Oakland

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More Harm Than Good

Building a more just fine and fee system in California

Rooftops

A No-Cost Rooftop Solar Stimulus

How streamlining residential solar installations can jumpstart a green economic recovery

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Ideas + Action 2021: Sustainability and Resilience

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Regional Strategy 2021

Welcome to 2070

The SPUR Regional Strategy has landed

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 cities. As public spaces, they bring people together to be inspired, celebrate victory (or commiserate loss) and share passions. At the same time, they are critical economic drivers, contributing to a city’s tax base and bolstering the sales of nearby businesses. However, over the last decade there's been a shift in thinking about how these centers can be better integrated into their communities as mixed-use destinations that focus on placemaking and people.

A Civic Vision for Growth

SPUR Report
The Bay Area is a place of incredible possibility, but it faces threats from some of the highest housing costs in the country, growing income inequality, long commutes between jobs and affordable homes, and increasing danger from climate change. If we continue with business as usual, the region can expect these challenges to continue to escalate. But what if the people of the Bay Area chose a different future?

SPUR 2021 Annual Report

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Our 2021 Annual Report reflects on a trying year and how we rose to the challenge. SPUR sought solutions that focused on the essential elements of place: housing, transportation and the environment. We also staked out new ground, initiating a policy practice in economic justice. While we rolled up our sleeves to respond to the immediate crisis, we also homed in what it will take for the Bay Area’s cities and towns to thrive in the future.

Can Automated Speed Safety Systems Advance Racial and Economic Equity?

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Automated speed safety systems are in place in more than 150 communities around the United States. Such systems offer the potential to reduce traffic violence and establish a more equitable framework of traffic enforcement. But those outcomes are not guaranteed. Achieving them requires thoughtful planning and design, an opportunity that California now has as legislators consider Assembly Bill 550, which would authorize a 5-year speed safety camera pilot program in six California cities.

Coming Soon: The SPUR Regional Strategy

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Three years ago, SPUR undertook an initiative to envision a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous Bay Area for all and propose the bold strategies needed to get there. On May 13, we will release the completed SPUR Regional Strategy, providing a clear vision for the region’s next 50 years.