Our goal: Add new jobs and housing where they will support equity and sustainability, and make neighborhoods safe and welcoming to everyone.
SPUR’s Five-Year Priorities:
• Ensure that communities are safe, inclusive and equipped to meet all residents’ daily needs with a diverse mix of businesses and services.
• Prioritize investment in and access to parks, nature and public spaces as a driver for social cohesion and economic opportunity.
• Ensure that regionally significant neighborhood plans in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland advance equity, sustainability and prosperity.
Updates and Events
Office-to-Residential Conversion in San Francisco’s Changing Real Estate MarketResearch
Downtown San Francisco’s post-pandemic recovery is hindered by a lack of economic diversity and a shortage of workforce housing. Could converting vacant office space to residential use be a financially viable solution to both problems? In a first-of-its-kind study in San Francisco, SPUR, ULI San Francisco, Gensler and HR&A Advisors explored the physical and financial feasibility of redeveloping office buildings into housing, and identified policy tools to facilitate conversion.
Paving the Way to Downtown Revitalization: Three Cities San Francisco Can Learn FromNews /
San Francisco’s office vacancy rate, one of the highest in the country, has dampened the city’s liveliness and economic prospects. Other cities are tackling the resilience challenges that office-centric downtowns face by reconsidering office building uses and creating incentives for redevelopment. San Francisco can take a page from their revitalization plans.
Investing in San José's Parks and Open Spaces Creates a Virtuous CycleNews /
San José’s parks and open spaces are underfunded and falling into disuse. Realizing their potentially large economic and social dividends will take significant and sustainable funding mechanisms. Now more than ever, the city must study, assess, and develop long-term funding strategies with clear communication, intentionality, and creativity.
Housing Advocates to State: Transit-Oriented Communities Don't Work Without TransitAdvocacy Letter
SPUR and other housing advocates request the state take action to protect public transit, which provides an essential mobility option for residents of infill housing developments across California. Left unaddressed, transit's fiscal cliff will harm the state's most vulnerable residents and undermine the production of infill housing.
SPUR Sponsors Bill to Increase Shared Parking (AB 894 - Friedman)Advocacy Letter
SPUR is sponsoring a bill to require that agencies allow land owners and managers to share underutilized parking and to count such shared parking toward meeting parking requirements. The bill would also require new developments and parking lots funded by public agencies to evaluate shared parking options. If passed, this bill will reduce a common circumstance of costly parking being required in situations where other parking is available nearby.
SPUR Unites with San Francisco Business and Civic Groups in Rebuilding DowntownAdvocacy Letter
SPUR along with other San Francisco business and civic groups have come together with a shared goal to renew the economic core and deliver real change. We are encouraged by the Mayor's Roadmap to Recovery, and look forward to working in partnership to create livable, programmable, and resilient Downtown neighborhoods.