SPUR releases plan to guide economic growth in Bay Area

A San Francisco urban think tank has released a plan it hopes will help guide Bay Area planners and politicians ito create livable, lively and economically viable cities in the future.

SPUR’s Agenda for Change puts forward a seven-point plan for regional cities – specifically San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland – in which they focus growth inward and maximize the infrastructure and density already in place.


As the Bay Area’s population and economy grow, and the region increasingly has the appearance of one interlinked and interdependent metropolis of roughly 7 million people, SPUR’s plan aims to provide a road map to building for the future.

The plan advocates economically centralized cities with dense infill development, robust public transportation, lively and affordable neighborhoods, and a light environmental footprint.

“We envision a network of thriving urban places linked by rapid, high-quality transit. Daily life is lived at the neighborhood scale, but these neighborhoods join together to form a metropolis. Our regional agenda works to bring about a metropolis that provides
opportunities for connection, diversity and economic growth while reducing our impact on the planet,” notes the plan.

According to SPUR, outdated city planning models include suburban sprawl-focused development linked by ill-conceived roadways like the former Embarcadero Freeway and urban core areas gutted by urban renewal plans like the destruction of the once-thriving Fillmore district.

Examples of goals of the SPUR plan include urban models like those in New York and Paris.

Additionally, the plan focuses on widespread, locally based and multifaceted economic growth located in and run from Bay Area cities.