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Gabriel Metcalf, SPUR Executive Director: Host, Lester O'Shea

  • Jun 26, 2013 · 8:00 AM

SPUR Executive Director, Gabriel Metcalf

Gabriel Metcalf is the executive director of SPUR, a one-hundred year old nonprofit membership organization that promotes good planning and good government through research, education and advocacy. Under Gabriel's leadership, SPUR has grown dramatically in influence and membership.

Gabriel has authored or co-authored such notable articles as "The Northern California Megaregion," "Civic Planning in America," "Regional Planning without Regional Government," "Democracy and Planning" and "City of Safety." He serves on numerous boards and commissions including the America 2050 National Committee and the Transbay Joint Powers Authority.

Before becoming executive director in 2005, Metcalf headed up SPUR's policy and advocacy work for five years. Prior to SPUR, he worked for the Bay Institute, an environmental organization focused on California water policy. He was also a co-founder of City CarShare and for many years served as its board chairman.

A frequent writer and speaker on planning and policy topics, Gabriel holds a Master's degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

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  • Karen W.

    Should be very interesting given the current regional planning. I'm concerned about OneBayArea's continued export of households to outside the region by its assumption of the same ratio of in-commuters as we have now. I sat on a data committee for SCAG, LA's regional government, when it did the same thing. Frustrating. We're spending our land for jobs but not for housing, thereby aggravating commutes, air pollution, water shed damage, farm decimation, and decimated civil society in communities sending commuters to the Bay Area.
    Having said this, I hope my schedule continues to allow me to attend!

    June 16, 2013

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