SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The future of industrial land in the Bay Area

"A large share of existing industrial land along the I-80/880 and US-101
corridors is already designated for housing, office space and retail.
But what about industry? How will we balance the need for manufacturing
in the Bay Area — while also reducing auto use and accommodating future
growth on our existing urbanized footprint? With leading economist Linda
Hausrath
of Hausrath Economics Group and Karen Engel of the
Oakland Chamber of Commerce."

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