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Lessons for Guadalupe River Park: Denver Plans for Economic Growth Along the South Platte River

November 7, 2018 By Michelle Huttenhoff, Jaclyn Tidwell and Joshua Brett
Major plans for new jobs, housing, BART and high-speed rail connections will reshape San Jose’s urban core. Amid this planned growth, the city has an opportunity to capitalize on one of its most treasured resources, the Guadalupe River Park. Denver's River Mile plan — a proposal to transform a downtown riverfront — offers lessons for turning an underused natural resource into an urban attraction.

Can the Reluctant Metropolis Embrace Enthusiasm for the Future?

November 5, 2018 By Gabriel Metcalf
In his final public address, outgoing SPUR President and CEO Gabriel Metcalf shared his reflections on where the Bay Area has been and where it's going. To end our housing crisis and transportation woes, he argued, our reluctant metropolis must embrace its role as a world city and economic center.

Working Together to Help Solve Our Region's Problems

October 29, 2018 By Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember At-Large
Earlier this year, SPUR provided comments to improve a proposed vacant parcel tax measure (now Measure W) co-sponsored by Oakland City Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan. We greatly appreciate the time Councilmember Kaplan spent with us and the changes she made to the measure at our suggestion. The following letter from Councilmember Kaplan is a companion piece to the Oakland section of the SPUR Voter Guide.

Getting Local Land Use Approvals Right

October 9, 2018 By Raine Robichaud
What can California and its cities do to bring down the soaring costs of housing? Land entitlement is one process that could be reformed to speed up the construction of new housing and reduce costs. At a recent SPUR forum, researchers and planners discussed how state and city reforms might (or might not) streamline the approval processes.

Advancing Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in San Jose

October 3, 2018 By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
San Jose leads the nation in electric vehicle purchases. In the quickly evolving landscape of electric vehicle ownership, charging technology and future demand, what is the right level of charging service to provide in commercial buildings and multifamily housing? To discuss this challenge, and the market opportunity, SPUR recently brought together real estate developers with experts from PG&E, the City of San Jose and Tesla.

What Does Access Really Mean?

October 3, 2018 By Raine Robichaud
What do we mean when we say a home, a street or a city is “accessible”? It’s more than a measure of the physical characteristics of the built environment, and it impacts a person’s overall sense of freedom and representation. At a recent SPUR forum, panelists discussed what architects, designers, planners and citizens can do to increase access in our cities.

How Can We Create the Best User Experience at Diridon Station?

October 2, 2018 By Nicole Soultanov, San Jose Project Manager, and Teresa Alvarado, San Jose Director
Creating a great user experience at the redeveloped Diridon Station will be critical to whether people embrace the station and use transit. If Diridon’s transit services are going to compete with the automobile — or the next big transportation technology — the partners developing the station will need to focus on the user as the primary driver in their planning efforts .

Bay Area Cities Step Up Their Climate Commitments

September 27, 2018 By Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director
Among the most inspiring outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit, hosted in San Francisco earlier this month, were the climate commitments made by governments and organizations around the world. Bay Area cities and agencies announced ambitious new goals that will wean the region off of natural gas and diesel and make way for a carbon-free future.

Why Bay Area Transit Fares Must Change Before the Upgrade to Clipper 2.0

September 26, 2018 By Arielle Fleisher, Sr. Transportation Associate
Clipper, the Bay Area’s transit fare payment system, is getting an upgrade and moving to a new technology platform, Clipper 2.0. If it happens before the big move, downsizing and streamlining fare policies between the region's 27 transit operators could save millions, make transit more affordable and increase ridership.

Lessons for Guadalupe River Park: How D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park Promotes Inclusion

September 5, 2018 By Joshua Brett, Teresa Alvarado and Jaclyn Tidwell
The proposed transformation of downtown San Jose opens up an opportunity to create iconic and welcoming public spaces where the community can gather. That's why SPUR has launched a major initiative to re-envision the Guadalupe River Park. We invited Scott Kratz of Washington, D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge Park to share lessons learned from the inclusive effort to realize the community’s ambitions for the project.

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