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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 »
Issue 571
June 2019 to July 2019

Be Regionable: An Urbanist Poster Campaign

One of the goals of the SPUR Regional Strategy is to help the citizens of the Bay Area to think regionally. So we partnered with TBD* at California College of the Arts, a student-run design studio, to create a series of posters that would inspire people to feel passionately about not just the city they live in but the region we’re all a part of. Read More »

In Pursuit of a Seamless Transit System

What if all transit agencies could provide a great customer experience?
Two new SPUR white papers offer recommendations for an easier-to-use transit map and the implementation of coordinated regional fares. Read More »

Giving Old Infrastructure New Life

What networked rail could mean for the Northern California megaregion.
A fast, frequent megaregional rail network could be transformative for the Bay Area and Northern California. As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we are working to identify some of the major changes needed to implement this vision. Read More »

Urban Field Notes: In Search of the Superblock

In Barcelona, the conventional city block is transformed. 
Superblocks (superilles) are designs for a small grid of city streets that prioritize the pedestrian, prohibiting through-traffic and only allowing car access if the driver needs to visit a building located within the zone and at a limited speed. Read More »

Member Profile: Diane Filippi

Bay Area urbanism may have no better booster.
Anyone who meets Diane Filippi will quickly discover she is a force of nature. As the SPUR Urban Center building celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we wanted to check in with her as she was essential to the project’s success. Read More »

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