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In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Saint-Denis/Oakland

An exhibition focusing on the people who live, work and create our cities

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Making the Most of California’s High-Speed Rail Investment

How high-speed rail can change the state culturally, economically and geographically

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Different Together

The 2022 State of SPUR Address

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The SPUR 2022 Annual Report

A look back at our accomplishments this year

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A Parkway for the People

Celebrating the completion of the epic, 31-year Presidio Parkway project

Photograph of San Francisco apartment complex colored in light green, grey, and white. In front of the building, pedestrians walk by and children play on a playground with lots of surrounding greenery.

Taking Aim at San Francisco’s Housing Shortage

SPUR and partners propose a ballot measure to encourage new affordable housing

SPUR’s First 10 Years in San José

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This year, SPUR celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its work in San José. To commemorate all we’ve learned and accomplished together, we asked a dozen SPUR and South Bay leaders to reflect on what San José was like at the time, what SPUR brought to the city and how both have evolved over the past decade.

Research Fellows and Interns Make Major Contributions to SPUR’s Work

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During the last two academic years, SPUR has been fortunate to host a talented group of policy researchers through partnerships with graduate school fellowship and practicum programs. Their research has contributed to SPUR’s work, including policy changes and proposed legislation at the regional and state levels. Learn more about the work they’ve done with SPUR and what they’ve gone on to do after collaborating with us.

Key SPUR Food and Ag Policies Get National Limelight

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After a 50-year hiatus, the White House is hosting its second-ever Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. In an effort to frame the agenda for the conference, a coalition of organizations has released a report proposing 30 federal policy recommendations. Three of SPUR’s top priorities at the state and local level are among those recommendations, and they are now firmly in the national spotlight as the conference approaches.

Gas Appliances and Smog: California's Hidden Air Pollution Problem

Policy Brief
Gas appliances in California homes and buildings generate four times as much lung-damaging nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution as the state's gas power plants, and roughly two thirds as much NOx as all of the state’s passenger cars. To meet federal air quality standards that protect health, air quality regulators in California must phase out the sale of gas appliances and implement equity-centered implementation plans for transitioning homes to electric alternatives like heat pumps – which produce no onsite air pollution.

The IRA Is Historic, but We Still Need Prop. 30 to Fight Climate Change

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The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed by President Biden last month, is the largest ever federal investment in fighting climate change. While we as Americans should be taking a victory lap for this momentous achievement, we should not for one moment think that the investments in the IRA are alone sufficient to tackle climate change. To win this generation’s greatest fight, we will need major continued investments at the federal, state and local levels. That’s why SPUR is supporting Prop. 30, a measure which would make historic investments in fighting climate change — investments that pay off in the form of fuel cost savings and avoided premature deaths, asthma attacks and cleaner air.