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Issue 566
August 2018 to September 2018

Four Future Scenarios for the San Francisco Bay Area

Planning for the region in the year 2070
This report, the first product of the SPUR Regional Strategy, uses a scenario planning process to look at four uncertainties that the Bay Area will contend with over the next 50 years: the economy, housing, transportation and the physical form that growth takes. The resulting scenarios serve as “myths of the future,” stories that reveal the potential long-term outcomes of choices the region makes today. Read More »

Urban Field Notes: Kinky Streets (or the Value of the Near Distance)

San Franciscans love their views to the far distance: to the ocean, the bay or the hills, to the Ferry Building or Twin Peaks. But the author's favorite San Francisco vistas are closer in, along the kinky, misaligned streets meeting at the Market Street backbone, where the FiDi north grid and the SOMA south grid meet in wonderfully inconvenient ways. Read More »
Issue 565 July 2018

Designing a More Resilient Bay Area

Nine designs. Nine opportunities to create a more resilient Bay Area.
The year-long Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge brought together local residents, public officials, designers and engineers to develop innovative proposals that can strengthen the Bay Area’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, earthquakes and flooding. The nine final design concepts are meant to inspire, catalyze action and push us all along the path to a more resilient future. Read More »

Making Healthy Eating a Snap

The results of SPUR’s Double Up Food Bucks pilot program show that healthy food incentives work.
SPUR's Double Up Food Bucks makes fruits and vegetables more affordable for low-income families while increasing revenue for both grocers and California farmers. After its first year in operation, survey results show that families are buying and eating more fruits and vegetables — and stretching their food budgets further — thanks to the program. Read More »

Member Profile: Savlan Hauser

An architect adapts her work in Oakland to focus not just on plans but people.
Savlan Hauser’s first interest in cities was an economic one. She grew up in Redding, California, and though, as she explains, it’s “a beautiful spot,” it has, like many American cities, seen its main street decimated by the onslaught of big-box stores at the fringes of town. Read More »
Issue 564
May 2018 to June 2018

The Urgency to Achieve an Inclusive Economy in the Bay Area

The latest tech boom has stretched the Bay Area’s income inequality gap to its widest level in decades. Can we figure out how to ensure that this growth is created by, and benefits, all workers and families?
The latest tech boom has stretched the Bay Area’s income inequality gap to its widest level in decades. Can we figure out how to ensure that this growth is created by, and benefits, all workers and families? Read More »

Member Profile: Jeff Wood

Think you’re obsessed with buses and trains? Meet the author of the Overhead Wire.
Geographer and city planner Jeff Wood's eagerness to learn about mapping and data analysis led to the blog, The Overhead Wire. Read More »

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