September 2017 to October 2017
Solving the problem of homelessness is arguably our region’s greatest challenge.
The Bay Area has one of the largest and least sheltered homeless populations in the country. Over the past year, the SPUR Board of Directors convened a study group to learn more about homelessness — both its causes and its possible solutions.
A planner and photographer finds moments of beauty on his daily commute.
If you set a goal of taking and posting a photo every day, you’ll probably find yourself memorializing your commute a bit. If you get to work via Caltrain, you’ve got a great photographic subject.
A latecomer to urbanism leaves her “driving in the suburbs” mindset behind.
Jocelyn Ross had never heard the term “urbanism” when she first moved to San Francisco five years ago. Now she's a full-fledged flaneur.
The housing shortage isn’t a new problem for the Bay Area, but it has changed in surprising ways over the decades. Here are our thoughts on how to tackle it.
Over the past 20 years, SPUR has had victories and losses. We’ve run ballot measures, developed reforms to the approval process, pushed for neighborhood plans. We need to do more.
Nearly 3,000 homes are under construction in Oakland. There is more to be done but SPUR is impressed with the city’s progress.
The 2016 Oakland at Home report recommended strategies for addressing the city’s housing shortage. Here’s an update.
The most effective way to counter the pull of the suburbs may be to build on the strong urban amenities San Francisco already possesses.
San Francisco has the lowest percentage of households with children among the 12 largest American cities. Why are families leaving and what can the city do to keep them?
Vu-Bang Nguyen is working to insure that Silicon Valley's growth benefits everyone.
Vu-Bang Nguyen works with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to benefit people most impacted by income inequality, transit accessibility and housing affordability.
June 2017 to July 2017
How Does Seattle Grow? By Connecting Conservation and Infill
In May, SPUR visited Seattle to learn how it is making such great progress on housing, infrastructure and transportation. Here’s what we learned...
Seattle proves you can grow without going tall.
Seattle is building way more housing per square mile than San Francisco and is spending less money doing so.
Do state growth and planning laws result in better regional planning?
Washington’s planning laws have teeth; as a result, it’s building more housing.
In Seattle, a major infrastructure transformation is taking place.
If Seattle can successfully remove and replace a vital part of its infrastructure, Oakland can, too.
The Puget Sound region asked voters for a lot — and got it
A bold new transit package will feature 62 new miles of light rail, an extension of commuter rail, and an array of other bus and transit projects.
Contributor Shawn Hazen explores Seattle's Brutalist landmarks.
Brutalist architecture arouses passion and fury in equal measure. For graphic designer Shawn Hazen, its the former not the latter.
Tyra Fennell uses art, music and performance to bring communities together.
Tyra Fennell is founding director of Imprint.City, an organization that seeks to activate industrial, underutilized spaces with both performing and visual arts to encourage community and economic development. We spoke this spring with Tyra about her hopes and fears for the city she calls home.