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Four Goals Cities Should Keep in Mind When Planning for Shared E-Scooters and Bikes

March 7, 2019 By Nicole Soultanov and Michelle Huttenhoff
The success of e-scooters and other micro-mobility vehicles has created challenges over safety and the allocation of street and sidewalk space. As cities look for ways to better balance their rise, new regulations should focus on four objectives that will promote their use while keeping cities safe and welcoming for everyone.

How Can Santa Clara County Prevent Wildfire?

March 4, 2019 By Kathryn Exon Smith
2018 was the deadliest and most destructive fire season in California history — and climate change will only accelerate this dangerous trend. What is Santa Clara County doing to prepare? At a recent SPUR forum in San Jose, fire and open space officials discussed how they are working together to prevent a fire event from devastating the South Bay.

How Much Housing Should the Bay Area Have Built to Avoid the Current Housing Crisis?

February 21, 2019 By Egon Terplan, Regional Planning Director
One of the key causes cited for the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis is that demand for housing continually outstrips the available supply. If only the region had built more housing, extreme competition for a limited number of units wouldn’t be driving prices so high. How much housing should the region have built? SPUR presents new data to answer this question.

San Jose Makes a Bold Move to Realize Its Climate Smart Goals

February 13, 2019 By Michelle Huttenhoff, San Jose Policy Director
Since launching Climate Smart San Jose in February 2018, the City of San Jose has been leading the charge to reduce air pollution, conserve water, and create a stronger and healthier community. Recognizing that all sectors need to help meet these goals, city staff proposed an ordinance that would increase commercial building energy efficiency through a transparent open-data benchmarking tool. SPUR strongly supports the ordinance.

Did the Bay Area Reach a “Grand Bargain” to Solve Housing?

January 31, 2019 By Susannah Parsons, Chief of Staff
The Bay Area’s housing shortage and affordability crisis is arguably the greatest threat to its future. In January, the region took an important step forward with the endorsement of the CASA Compact, a grand bargain among dozens of governments and organizations to arrive at real solutions.

Wage Trends Show Increases for Low-Wage Jobs While Middle-Wage Job Growth Slows

January 23, 2019 By Stephen Levy, Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, and Egon Terplan, SPUR Regional Planning Director
As part of our research for the SPUR Regional Strategy, we reviewed recent wage and job data to see what types of jobs are growing and how low-wage jobs are faring relative to jobs at higher wage levels.

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