May 2017

May
23
Tue
San Francisco

Affordable Transit for Low-Income Riders

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
For people struggling to make ends meet, the cost of a bus or train ticket can be a barrier to transit use. For most households in the Bay Area, transportation is the third-largest monthly expense, behind housing and food, and when transit is out of reach, its promise — access to opportunity — cannot be realized. Hear a panel of experts discuss the challenges that low-income riders face when paying for transit, and the potential solutions to make transit more...
May
23
Tue
San Jose

Hard-Hat Tour of Berryessa BART Station

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
In 2017, San Jose will finally receive its first BART line. An integral part of a two-phase push into Silicon Valley, the Berryessa Station will be the terminus of a new 10-mile extension and is expected to serve 25,000 daily passengers by 2030. Join us for a hard-hat tour of the brand-new station before it opens and learn how it integrates with the surrounding community and the greater the BART network. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Brandi Childress / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
May
23
Tue
Oakland

Walk This Way

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Can you transform the spaces underneath freeways and make them beautiful, safe and inviting? The City of Oakland has launched a project to reknit the neighborhoods that were severed by the construction of I-880, and plans to connect downtown to the waterfront will improve walkability and the quality of life for the communities surrounding the underpasses. + Christina Ferracane / Oakland Bureau of Planning + Savlan Hauser / Jack London Improvement District
May
23
Tue
San Jose

City Trivia Night 9

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
City Trivia Night returns to San Jose! Six themed rounds of searing questions relating to cities, architecture, urban planning and policy make this event the ultimate showcase of urbanist talent and planning geekery. Bring your own team of six or join up with other urbanists at the event to compete for the crown and prizes.
May
24
Wed
San Jose

NEW DATE: New Ideas for Diridon

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This event was originally scheduled for April 26. In the not-so-distant future, Diridon Station can become a great urban hub and the gateway to the Bay Area. If planned well, it will serve as a generator of economic activity and become a place that shapes and showcases all that the South Bay has to offer. What will it take to get to that point, and what can we learn from the station’s forbearers around the world? Join us for a...
May
24
Wed
San Francisco

Zoning at 100: A Look Forward

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
What is the role of zoning in the Bay Area’s housing shortage? A new body of research is examining the role of local land regulation like zoning — often a reflection of local homeowner concerns rather than regional imperatives — in limiting the supply of housing. Come hear a panel of experts explore the interaction of zoning, policy and the housing market. Co-presented by Northern California APA. + Enrico Moretti / UC Berkeley, Department of Economics + Carolina Reid /...
May
25
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Michael Ghielmetti

Young Urbanists 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 newest Young Urbanist series, we sit down with the president of Signature Development Group, the company behind the Hive and Brooklyn Basin. Hear about his career path, what it takes to develop successful projects in Oakland and how the future of the East Bay is urban. + Michael Ghielmetti / Signature Properties
May
26
Fri
San Jose

Exploring San Jose’s Trail Network

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
San Jose's trail network is a beloved, but often hidden, open space asset that facilitates bicycle commuting and outdoor recreation while connecting neighborhoods, parks and the downtown. In conjunction with National Bike Month, join us for a bicycle tour on some of the system's highlights as we learn about its growing role in sustainable transportation and urban open space. Co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Ben Grant / SPUR
May
30
Tue
San Francisco

Why Does Housing Cost So Much?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2014, The Urbanist ran an article titled “The Real Cost of Building Housing,” which looked at the exorbitant cost of construction in San Francisco. Over the past three years, these costs have continued to escalate. Join our panel to hear how the situation has evolved and how it impacts efforts to address our housing shortage. Co-presented by SFHAC. + Mark Hogan / OpenScope Studio + Libby Seifel / Seifel Consulting + Ann Silverberg / BRIDGE Housing + Taeko Takagi / Pankow
May
30
Tue
San Jose

Touring San Jose’s Urban Gardens

Walking Tour 6:00 p.m.
San Jose is a city rich in amenities, and one of its greatest assets is its abundance of amazing community gardens. Hop on a bike, or carpool in a caravan, and join us as we stop by some of the best examples in the neighborhoods around the downtown. We’ll learn about the history of the city’s urban gardens, how they’re managed and how you can get involved. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

June 2017

Jun
6
Tue
San Francisco

Seeing the Better City

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Despite the widespread use of big data, GIS and 3D modeling, personal observation is still a critical tool for understanding what makes places successful. Without it, any analysis may overlook the key local contexts that make our cities unique. Join us as we learn about Seeing the Better City , a new book that focuses on how looking at the sights, sounds and experiences of a place can help create the policies and plans that will shape better urban environments...
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