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Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. A member-supported nonprofit organization, we bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems our cities face. Read SPUR's Agenda for Change >>
SPUR originated in San Francisco in 1910 and launched a San Jose office in 2012. (Read more about our decision to expand to San Jose.) Our work spans eight program areas: Community Planning, Disaster Planning, Economic Development, Good Government, Housing, Regional Planning, Sustainable Development and Transportation. We are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.
In our first 100 years, as our organization grew it went through several name changes. Until 2013, we were the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. Today, with locations in San Francisco and San Jose and a reach that extends across the Bay Area,
we are known simply as SPUR.