From SPUR: The recent recession is one result of how urban planning laws and practices discouraged innovation and artificially pushed up prices in America’s most economically vibrant regions. In his recently published book, New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward, Claude Gruen discusses the unintended consequences of contemporary land-use regulations and priorities. Gruen also proposes 13 land-use policies to improve the quality of urban […]
From SPUR: As SPUR ramps up its planning efforts at Ocean Beach,recent and ongoing improvements to public access in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area provide critical context and opportunities. Join Steve Griswold of the GGNRA and Kate Bickert of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy as they provide an update on the Trails Forever initiative, a major campaign to connect regional […]
From SPUR: Advocates for a wide range of transportation initiatives, including Muni reform, Central Subway and BRT construction, the downtown extension of Caltrain, Better Streets Plan, bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure and more. Contact Sarah Karlinsky, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From SPUR: Berkeley’s new David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza development is one of the best local examples of mixed-use development and green architecture combined. Together, the project includes a LEED Platinum building and conference center for environmental nonprofits, 97 units of low-income family housing, retail, a restaurant, art gallery and parking garage. Join us […]
From SPUR: Designing public landscapes in coastal settings presents unique challenges and spectacular opportunities. AECOM principals Alma DuSolier and James Haig Streeter, who are serving as consultants for SPUR on the Ocean Beach Master Plan, will present innovative recent work in Los Angeles and Blackpool, England. Hear how landscape designers engage the overlapping layers of ecology, climate, history and urbanism at the border of […]
From SPUR: Pier 70’s 20th Street is lined with grand historic structures: the Union Iron Works Machine Shop, built in 1885, Union Iron Works Offices (1896), PowerHouse (1912), and at the corner of 20th and Illinois, the Bethlehem Steel Office Building (1917). The Port of San Francisco is seeking interested partners to rehabilitate and reinvent this historic waterfront corridor. Initiated in […]