The latest "Urbanist", a monthly news publication by San Francisco Planning & Urban Research (SPUR), discusses in length the concept of megaregion planning and the Northern California megaregion. Specifically, the article examines the consequences of an emerging megaregion that is expected to add 10 million people by mid-century. SPUR, a research and advocacy organization, suggests megaregion planning is critical to addressing some of the most pressing issues for northern California - "how should human settlement be arranged over the land? And what kind of infrastructure is necessary to support those land use patterns?"
The article provides several recommendations for the Northern California megaregion: 1) a northern California rail network to facilitate daily commutes and reduce pollution from driving; 2) protecting natural landscapes in the Central Valley; 3) promoting equity by creating "good jobs and affordable housing throughout the megaregion" and more.