SPUR Walking Tour: The City and the Urban Center

"Don’t miss this behind-the-scenes tour of SPUR with exhibition curator Benjamin Grant and Urban Center architect Peter Pfau. From the City Builders, to the Regionalists to the current movement of Eco-Urbanists, you’ll learn about the urban planning movements that have shaped San Francisco’s physical and social landscapes—and get an exclusive peek at the architectural and green building features of the new 14,500 square foot SPUR Urban Center in the heart of the city’s bustling Yerba Buena Cultural District."

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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 […]

John Norquist: “Time to Talk About a Freeway-Free San Francisco”

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San Francisco is considered one of the leading American cities in the growing movement to tear down freeways. Fortunately, San Franciscans got a head start by averting the freeway-riddled fate of most other American cities in the 20th century by successfully protesting the construction of most of the proposed structures, which would have torn apart […]

SPUR Talk: High-Speed Rail on its Way to Northern California

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High-Speed Rail construction is well underway in the Central Valley, said Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director for the California High Speed Rail Authority, during a forum at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) Mission Street center. “The High-Speed Rail question has shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when,'” he told the packed house at today’s […]

SPUR Talk: Dancing on the Grave of “Level of Service”

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Wednesday evening, SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, sponsored a talk entitled “Reconsidering Transportation to Create Better Urban Spaces” at their new downtown Oakland location. The talk focused on the history and damage done by the almost mindless adherence over the years to Level of Service (LOS) on urban spaces […]

The Bay Area Needs More Walkable Housing, Not Google Bus Bashing

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The anger of the protestors who blockaded a Google bus in the Mission on Monday was very real and understandable. San Francisco residents, living in a highly sought-after city with a limited housing supply, are coping with a crisis of skyrocketing rents and evictions. Meanwhile, Muni riders increasingly find their stops blocked by private shuttles that appear […]