August 2017

Aug
22
Tue
San Francisco

Putting the "Public" in Public Planning

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
If public agencies are going to spend millions of dollars on projects, it’s worthwhile to have an early sense of what’s going to be accepted by voters. What is the best way to make these predictions, short of a crystal ball? By incorporating public affairs tools (such as those often used to oppose projects) to conduct research and better explain their ideas, planners can be ready for the public process. Come learn how to make public opinion work for you...
Aug
22
Tue
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Teresa Alvarado

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Come grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s exciting Young Urbanist series, we sit down with Teresa Alvarado, SPUR’s San Jose director. Come learn about her career path, how her role drives SPUR’s policy work in the South Bay, what she envisions for the future of San Jose and more. + Teresa Alvarado / SPUR
Aug
23
Wed
San Francisco

POSTPONED: Beyond the Tracks

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling issues beyond our control we've needed to postpone this program. It has been moved to September 5 in San Jose, and will be rescheduled in San Francisco at a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. High-speed rail in California is a massive statewide economic development project. If planned well, it can revitalize downtowns, enable new economic opportunities, preserve farmland and improve the quality of life throughout California. SPUR, in collaboration with...
Aug
23
Wed
Oakland

Simulating Cities

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Sophisticated computer simulations allow us to test hypotheses and see what patterns emerge. UrbanSim applies this practice to cities, offering visualization and analysis of highly varied data sets. Come hear about UrbanSim’s recent housing and growth simulations and learn about the value, and limitations, of trying to recreate reality. + Paul Waddell / UrbanSim + Sam Blanchard / UrbanSim
Aug
24
Thu
San Francisco

The Persistence of the Past

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The San Francisco we know today is shaped by the decisions of the past and, to a surprising extent, today’s San Francisco land use battles are echoes of those fought in the 1970s and 1980s. An understanding of this background is essential for making sense of the challenges of development in today’s highly charged political environment. What were the real arguments behind Proposition M, the anti-highrise proposition? What did “Manhattanization” represent? What legislation did Richmond Specials, the City of Paris,...
Aug
24
Thu
Oakland

The Divided States of America

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Despite recent attention to wall building as a security measure, the building of barriers along the U.S. – Mexico border is not a new phenomenon. The U.S. Secure Fence Act of 2006 funded the single-largest domestic building project in the twenty-first century and financed approximately 700 miles of fortification, dividing the U.S. from Mexico at a cost of up to $16 million per mile. Today, approximately one third of the 1,954-mile-long border between the U.S. and Mexico has been walled...
Aug
29
Tue
San Francisco

Public Space and Public Life in San Francisco’s Civic Center

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s Civic Center serves many roles and many people, but how do people use it on a daily basis? The city has partnered with Gehl Studio on a public life study that will help us better understand how people get around and spend time in the area’s public spaces. Come learn how the study’s results will provide a basis for future design and activation plans to be developed under the city’s Civic Center Public Realm Plan. + John Bela...
Aug
29
Tue
San Francisco

Postponed: Redefining Ownership on the Southeast Waterfront

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
This event has been postponed until Tuesday, September 26. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to join us then. For the last decade, the Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design has been giving students the opportunity to explore innovative design and community building opportunities along San Francisco’s southeast waterfront. Building upon the work of their predecessors, the 2017 fellowship team has crafted a project that seeks to leverage individual and collective property to provide...
Aug
30
Wed
San Francisco

Exhibition Opening: Urban Sensorium

Exhibition Opening 6:00 p.m.
Will the installation of quiet pavement make the future of Los Angeles less clamorous? How will the replacement of 250,000 streetlights effect the future of New York City at night? Urban Sensorium, a new exhibition in the SPUR Urban Center gallery created by XL, the research and innovation arm of the landscape architecture firm SWA, extrapolates what the future may look like for five major cities — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Shanghai — as each undertakes...
Aug
31
Thu
San Francisco

What’s Parking Got to Do With It?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
When it comes to parking and new residential development, the tension of market forces pulling against policy imperatives and community sensitivities often leaves people wondering what is possible and what is right. What is the relationship between parking and trip generation, congestion, sustainable streets and even project feasibility? Our panel of experts will lay out the facts and attempt to better understand housing’s transportation impacts. Co-presented by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC). + Sarah Jones / SFMTA +...
Aug
31
Thu
Oakland

Appellation Napa Valley

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Napa Valley is considered one of the most prestigious wine-growing regions in the world, but this wasn’t always the case. A myriad of complex legal and commercial struggles over the course of decades helped form much of the Napa Valley that we know today, and the book Appellation Napa Valley dives deep into the history and battles that shaped California’s most prominent wine region. Join us for a discussion and wine tasting with its celebrated author. + Richard Mendelson...

November 2017

Nov
29
Wed
San Francisco

2017 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon

Silver SPUR Luncheon 10:30 a.m.
The Silver SPUR Award is the most prominent award for lifetime civic achievement in San Francisco. Please join us for this special celebration!
If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to publicprograms@spur.org or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.

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