SOM Contributes to 20-Minute Neighborhood Study

Continuing its work with SPUR, a nonprofit public policy organization, a team of urban designers and planners from SOM has contributed to a case study exploring the potential of San José’s Alum Rock neighborhood to become a model of sustainable urbanism. Titled “Building Blocks Toward 20-Minute Neighborhoods,” the publication envisions a future for San José in which residents can access many essential services and amenities just a short walk or bike ride from home.

Focused on how urban planning can improve economic opportunity and quality of life, the case study addresses challenges facing the San Francisco Bay Area region in order to advance a more equitable future for local residents. It draws upon work by San José State University’s urban planning studio and was supported by recommendations from local leaders and community-based organizations.  Illustration by Sam Rodriguez