By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
Climate change is here today, and after the devastating fires of 2017 and 2018, Californians know it. In 2019, SPUR will be working on a new policy report on the multiple hazards wrought by climate change, including fires and flooding. We now know that land use, planning, building code, forest management and other recommendations may be needed to improve fire resiliency across the Bay Area.
By Nicole Soultanov and Teresa Alvarado
Last month, SPUR convened national and international experts in San Jose to share best practices for planning and building world-class transit stations and active neighborhoods around stations. City officials, transit agencies and civic groups came together to develop the vision for the future Diridon Station and to consider the legacy that today's decisions will create for the project.
By Adhi Nagraj, San Francisco Director, and Kristy Wang, Community Planning Policy Director
Housing developers in San Francisco are currently required to provide a minimum amount of parking in new buildings. What if we eliminated those requirements? Then we’d see both lowered housing prices and more efficient use of urban land. Requiring parking brings too many new cars into the city, congesting streets, taking up space needed for more housing and harming the environment.
By Sarah Jo Szambelan, Research Manager
Cities and states are proposing policies that would discourage driving by charging for some the costs it imposes on others — namely congestion, pollution, heart and respiratory disease, greenhouse gases and deaths from collisions. It won’t be easy to start pricing something that’s been free for so long. To get the benefits without a backlash, SPUR offers six principles for fair and effective transportation pricing.
By Laura Tolkoff, Regional Strategy Project Director
Earlier this year, SPUR began planning its first ever regional strategy for the Bay Area, an aspirational vision of what the region could be like in the year 2070 and a roadmap for getting there. Here’s what participants in three community workshops shared about their values and vision for the region for the next half century.
2018 Silver SPUR Awards: How Reverend Harry Chuck Improves Quality of Life in San Francisco’s Chinatown
2018 Silver SPUR Award Recipient Reverend Harry Chuck is a lifelong civil rights activist and leader in the Chinatown community. Chuck was the executive director of Donaldina Cameron House, pastor of Chinatown Presbyterian Church, co-chairperson of Chinatown Coalition for Better Housing, and is now producing through a documentary called Chinatown Rising .
2018 Silver SPUR Honoree Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is a social justice advocate, businesswoman and community organizer dedicated to making measurable change. She has lead a number of labor and social justice organizations, such as the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, Working Partnerships USA, Green For All and is a Co-founder of Promise, a de-carceration startup that works with government agencies to keep people out of jail.
2018 Silver SPUR Honoree Dr. Anita Friedman’s record of public service ranges from leading the Bay Area’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services to serving as policy consultant to the State of Israel Ministry of Social Affairs. Her expertise includes social policy and programming for diverse populations; financing of health and human services; developing innovative business and social enterprise models; and Holocaust and genocide education.
Under 2018 Silver SPUR Honoree Greg Moore’s leadership, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has become one of the most successful nonprofits supporting the national park system, providing more than $500 million to park projects and programs since 1981 as well as receiving numerous national awards for excellence in interpretation, conservation and park improvement.
By Adhi Nagraj, San Francisco Director
San Francisco is running out of funds to build affordable housing, and the city will need to make changes quickly to fix the problem. How did this happen and what can be done? A combination of rising construction costs and new requirements is slowing down new development and curtailing incoming fees. SPUR has five suggestions for how to address the problem before it gets worse.