San Francisco

Reclaim Market Street! Film screening: William H. Whyte's "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces"

6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Urban planner William H. Whyte’s study The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces is a profound study of urban space. In the 1970s, using methods of direct observation—including photography, film and notation—Whyte and his research assistants compiled a survey of New York’s plazas, streets and sidewalks, examining pedestrian behavior and dynamics. In the film version of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1988), Whyte presents his witty and insightful views on what makes public space thrive. Please join us for a free screening of this seminal film. This event is part of the Reclaim Market Street! exhibition. Running time: 58 minutes


Pre-registration is now closed for this event, but there are still a limited number of seats available for walk-up registration. Doors will open at 5:30, so arrive early to try and claim a seat.


654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
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Pre-registration is now closed due to popular demand. Arrive early to try and grab a seat.

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Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

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