Issue 497

November 2010 Voter Guide

Analysis and recommendations for the November 2010 ballot

Includes SPUR's analysis of 15 city propositions on the November 2010 ballot.

Urban Field Notes: Eight Bay Area Landmarks Make the Case for Concrete

When I was growing up, anti-urbanists spoke about concrete as if it were the material of the devil: "concrete jungle" or "ribbons of concrete" or "cold as concrete." But a few architects were able to celebrate the material's plasticity and create new kinds of spaces that were warm and even inviting. In the Bay Area, there are a number of fine midcentury landmarks worth exploring.