SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Rising tides: the challenge for city planners

"The issue of sea-level rise is one of the main climate challenges faced by city planners today. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission held an international design competition for ideas responding to sea-level rise in San Francisco and other cities. The BCDC’s Brad McCrea, manager of the competition, presents some of the most compelling entries."

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Lessons from Copenhagen for Bicycling in the Bay Area

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Bicyclists — and blue bike lanes and physically separated bikeways — abound in Copenhagen, where biking makes up 37 percent of the trips to work and school. Photos by Leah Shahum Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of dispatches from Copenhagen and Amsterdam from Leah Shahum, the executive director of the San […]

SPUR Talk: What About the Families?

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How can San Francisco keep families from moving away? That was the central question of a panel discussion this afternoon hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). The panel included Susan Exline of the San Francisco Planning Department, Daniel Parolek, architect with Opticos Design, and San Francisco’s District Seven […]

SPUR Evening Forum: Rising Tides: The Winners

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"This summer, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, AIA San Francisco and other partners hosted an international design competition for ideas about how cities can prepare for and adapt to sea level rise—one of the most critical impacts of global warming. Competition entries ranged from imaginative ways to live on (or in) water […]

Mountain View Council Candidates Split on Building Housing Near Google

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A crowded field of nine candidates campaigning for three available seats on Mountain View’s City Council aired their disagreements at a community forum on Tuesday evening about whether new housing within the sprawling North Bayshore office park would be a practical solution to traffic congestion and rapidly rising rents. Candidates Lenny Siegel, Pat Showalter, Jim Neal, Gary […]