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Issue 574 Winter 2020

When Transit, Biking, and Walking Win

A year filled with new bike and bus lanes, expanded and improved routes, and new transportation leadership around the Bay.
When the headlines are all about cost overruns and delays, it can be easy to forget that we do have transportation wins to celebrate. In 2019 the region accomplished many important, long-needed and exciting transportation projects and plans. Read More »

Act Locally (and Regionally): A New Leader for Muni

Last month, SPUR board member Jeffrey Tumlin stepped into a new role as director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. The former director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates had a brief stint as interim director of the Oakland Department of Transportation, but this is his first time managing a public agency. SPUR asked him some questions about the opportunities (and challenges) ahead. Read More »

Member Profile: Fay Darmawi

This affordable housing finance consultant started a film festival to help us understand cities through cinema.
Fay Darmawi, the founding producer of the San Francisco Urban Film Fest, celebrates cities through film and discusses the power films can have in conveying urban perspectives. Read More »
Issue 573
October 2019 to November 2019

We Are the Bay

As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we sent photographer Ryan Young out to meet his neighbors. Over the course of a week, Young traveled 2,000 miles north, south, east and west to capture images of residents in the Bay Area's many and varied communities. Read More »

Member Profile: John Rahaim

After 12 years (and 55,000 units of housing approved), San Francisco's planning director reflects on what comes next.
On the eve of his retirement, San Francisco Planning Director John Rahaim reflects on his 12 years in the city by the bay, Read More »
Issue 572
August 2019 to September 2019

Water on All Sides

What can we learn about resilience from America's "ground zero" of sea level rise?
Formidable challenges aren’t keeping Miami from taking bold action against climate change. Read More »

Tackling Inequality

Innovative partnerships are helping make Miami a more equitable place to live and work.
Collaboration has been key to solving’s Miami's most pressing challenges around housing, transit and access to economic opportunity. Read More »

A New Urban Park for Miami

The Underline will transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park and urban trail.
Miami's new Underline park will provide a walkable and bikeable corridor to improve connectivity between surrounding neighborhoods. Read More »

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