San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association or SPUR has long led the charge in promoting good planning and sound policy-making through research, education and advocacy.
SPUR is deeply rooted in San Francisco, but the member-supported nonprofit organization will pilot a new local branch in San Jose in January 2012. SPUR San Jose seems to want to be a part of the planning process in the next wave of Silicon Valley growth, and hopefully will partner with San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Stanford as part of its efforts.
This is a no-brainer decision for SPUR. After spending the past few years trying to shed its sprawl image by implementing more sustainable and smart growth planning tools, San Jose has tried to extend that efforts into its 2040 General Plan Update. Also, Silicon Valley companies are vying for better real estate for their large workforces, and their land use decisions will have great implications on not just the cities they are located in, but for the entire South Bay region (including transportation, education, etc.).
Don’t believe me? Here are a few headlines from the past few days:
1. Google offers to help Mountain View hire more staff
2. Apple submits updated renderings, plans for Cupertino ‘spaceship’ campus
3. Facebook must pay Menlo Park millions of dollars if it can’t improve Bayfront Expressway
It will be interesting to see how SPUR San Jose will operate: as an extension of SPUR or as its own separate independent entity? Time will tell, but it will be exciting.
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