South Bay: Nonprofit Receives $1.7 million for Downtown San Jose Urban Planning

San Jose Museum of Art12.01.14 Mercury News
SPUR, a member-supported urban policy nonprofit, has received a $1.7 million grant for projects aimed at preparing San Jose for long-term growth.
The nonprofit, which arrived in San Jose in 2012, is thought of as an “urban policy think tank,” said Leah Toeniskoetter, SPUR San Jose director.
Funds received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will assist the group as they team with city officials in implementing the Envision 2040 plan, which seeks an environmentally conscious, interconnected city.
“We live in an area that’s the center of the world’s economy,” she said. “It’s 180 square miles that will have another 400,000 residents in the next 30 to 40 years.”
SPUR staff plans to take on three main tasks over the next five years, including the physical placement of buildings and their walkability, downtown improvements and improving transportation options.

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