July 2018

Jul
24
Tue
San Jose

What Is the Future of Work?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As technology and automation continue to transform how industries work today, workers are asking what work will look like in the future. Indeed, the workplace landscape of 2050 may be vastly different than what we’re familiar with. How can we plan for the changes to come and equip the next generation with the skills necessary to equitably thrive in the future workplace? + Luther Jackson / NOVA + Jill North / City of San Jose + Egon Terplan / SPUR...
Jul
25
Wed
Oakland

Fruitvale: Economically Successful, Socially Equitable

Tour 1:30 p.m.
Oakland’s Fruitvale Village is a symbol of what community perseverance can do: bring a complicated transit-oriented project to life. Come tour the project and hear how it came to fruition, despite complex agreements and legalities, and then join us for a reception afterward. Co-presented by San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. + Chris Iglesias / The Unity Council
Jul
25
Wed
San Francisco

Transit + Design Workshops

Special Program 1:30 p.m.
SPUR’s annual Transit + Design Workshops provide a space to learn about the research and design tools that help create a great experience for transit users. Come interact with talented designers around this year’s theme — “Mind the Gaps” — and celebrate transit design successes happening around the region and around the world. Generously sponsored by TransitCenter. Workshops include: Meet Your Customer: How to Create Value for Riders + Business Models Inc. + OakDOT When you leave the customer out...
Jul
25
Wed
San Francisco

Transit + Design: Mind the Gaps

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Everybody wants to make transit better, but what does it take to actually do so? What do best practices look like? Join us for an evening of rapid-fire presentations as we hear from the individuals who are diving deep into these questions and helping to resolve some of your biggest Bay Area transit mysteries. Generously sponsored by TransitCenter. Capital Project Prioritization: Equitably minding the funding gap + Ariel Espiritu Santo / OakDOT Applying User-Centered Design Principles to the BART's Ticket...
Jul
26
Thu
San Francisco

The Bay Area’s Gig Economy

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
An increasing number of workers are self-employed, many as gig workers who use an online platform to perform specific services. What does gig work look like in the Bay Area, and who is working in these jobs? What policy ideas (like portable benefits) could improve their working conditions? Join an all-star panel as academics, practitioners and employers discuss the current and future state of this work in the region. Co-presented by the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. + Vikrum...
Jul
26
Thu
San Francisco

Should There Be a Job Guarantee?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Despite overall low unemployment, many people lack secure jobs, and inequality in wages and assets remains a national challenge. What are some key responses to the issues of income inequality? Should there be a job guarantee? What kinds of assets should be made available to anyone to provide for greater security in life? Hear from a leading thinker who is shaping the national debate on these issues. + Darrick Hamilton / The New School + Fred Blackwell / San Francisco Foundation
Jul
27
Fri
San Francisco

Planning for the Housing That California Needs

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Each city in California is required to plan and zone for a certain amount of housing (their Regional Housing Needs Allocation, or RHNA), but for many years there was little to no way to incentivize meaningful compliance. Now that SB 35 has created consequences for cities that fail to build their allocation, it’s important for the state and its regions to reform how these targets are determined, and this year’s SB 828 is one significant step forward in this effort...
Jul
31
Tue
San Francisco

Climate Change Impacts on Delta Metropolises

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Climate change will affect cities everywhere, but no places will feel the effects as strongly as low-lying coastal cities, particularly those located in large river deltas and near tidal estuaries. The new book Adaptations of the Metropolitan Landscape in Delta Regions explores the urban form of three of these places: Southern China, the Netherlands and the San Francisco Bay Area. While all three regions differ greatly, each will be forced to adapt to climate change in ways that will greatly...
Jul
31
Tue
Oakland

What is Public Transit’s Business Model?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With products, customers and sources of revenue, public transit is a business. But low farebox recovery ratios, subsidized operation and other quirks make it a business quite different from the norm. In an era where public transit is under pressure to evolve, come learn about how the business of public transit works today — and how it might improve in the future. + Travis Fox / SFMTA + Ron Downing / Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District + Justin Lokitz / Business Models, Inc.
Jul
31
Tue
San Francisco

Costa Hawkins and Rent Control

Evening Forum
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The measure to repeal the Costa Hawkins Act — a bill enacted in 1995 to limit the ability of municipalities to impose most types of rent control regulations — has been qualified to appear on the November ballot. Hear a discussion of what the repeal could mean across the state for property investors, landlords, managers and tenants of existing and future homes in the midst of a historic housing crisis. As panelists discuss both sides of the issue, hear the...

August 2018

Aug
1
Wed
San Jose

An Ambitious Plan to Create a Thriving Public Space

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
When it opens in 2023, Washington D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park will immediately become one of the country’s most inventive and egalitarian public spaces. Though it features a stunning, multi-tiered design that spans the Anacostia River and connects two disparate neighborhoods, much of the innovation stems from the project’s massive, and ongoing, community engagement efforts. More than 1,000 stakeholder meetings, the creation of an Equitable Development Plan and the establishment of both a Community Land Trust and a Home Buyers...
Aug
1
Wed
Oakland

Oakland’s Swift and Effective Safety Improvements

Tour 12:30 p.m.
Due to construction delays on the safety improvements around the Lake Merritt BART station, we've shifted the focus of this tour to highlight a similar project in Downtown Oakland. Join staff from the Oakland Department of Transportation for a walking tour of a recent project in Downtown Oakland that uses new swift and effective safety improvements. Come see how the project came about, learn the details behind the design decisions and hear about the future projects coming to Oakland that...
Aug
1
Wed
San Francisco

Strategies for San Francisco’s Housing Future

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s planning department is currently analyzing changes in the city’s housing stock over time, trends and factors affecting housing affordability, stages of neighborhood gentrification and displacement, and policies related to community stabilization. This comprehensive understanding will inform the development and refinement of strategies to enable San Francisco to continue to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive city into the future. Join us to hear more about their findings. + Kimia Haddadan / San Francisco Planning Department + Andrea Nelson...
Aug
2
Thu
San Francisco

Getting Local Land Use Approvals Right

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Earlier this year, Berkeley Law released a paper analyzing the approval and permitting processes of five Bay Area cities. The results showed processes that vary widely, making development more difficult and uncertain than it needs to be. Though statewide reforms have gotten attention, local implementation can vary so widely that it can be difficult to predict on-the-ground results. Join us to understand more about the paper’s findings and what comes next. + Eric Biber / Berkeley Law + Lisa Gibson...
Aug
2
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Catherine Bracy

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
Grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s exciting Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Catherine Bracy, co-founder and executive director at TechEquity Collaborative, a group that advocates for a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone. Come learn about her career path, the jobs of tomorrow and how tech can create opportunity. + Noah Christman / SPUR + Catherine Bracy / TechEquity Collaborative
Aug
7
Tue
San Francisco

Regional Strategies to Tackle Inequality

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
California has both remarkably prosperous and struggling regions. How do we factor these regional differences into policies to tackle extreme inequality? How might the minimum wage, earned income tax credit and asset-building strategies work together to ensure that everyone in the Northern California megaregion can achieve a truly decent standard of living? + Mark Gomez / Leap Forward Project + Anne Price / Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Aug
7
Tue
San Francisco

Can Government and Transportation Companies Get Along?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
These days, it seems like a new tech company ruffling city feathers has become a common occurrence. Are there are better ways to help the public and private sectors get along when it comes to emerging mobility? Come hear about these omnipresent issues from the frontlines. + Warren Logan / SFCTA + Danielle Harris / SFMTA + Joan Kisthardt / Marble + Vikrum Aiyer / Postmates + Danielle Dai / Oakland Department of Transportation + Marlo Sandler / Bird
Aug
8
Wed
Oakland

Leading the Charge on EV Buses

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With numerous car models having gone electric, it was only a matter of time before buses followed suit. Now, public transportation agencies around the Bay Area are taking bold new steps to electrify their fleets, create new systems to manage electric vehicle (EV) charging and make sure that the bus is at the center of our mobility options. Come learn how two local agencies are leading the charge for electric buses in the Bay Area. Generously sponsored by PG&E. +...
Aug
8
Wed
San Francisco

State of Regionalism: Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we are assessing the state of regionalism and regional governance on a variety of issues, including housing. Recent state efforts and the enduring housing affordability crisis have renewed the debate about how we should make decisions on housing and land use. Join us for a lively discussion about the state of regional governance around housing and what proposals, if any, should be made to change who makes these key decisions. + Kate Hartley...
Aug
8
Wed
San Francisco

Imagining Scenarios for the Bay Area’s Future

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
As part of our Regional Strategy initiative, SPUR has developed four divergent scenarios for the Bay Area, imagining starkly different possible futures for our region. Will we slide into dystopia and division, or will we come together to tackle our biggest problems? Will our future more closely resemble that of Tokyo or Aspen, Sao Paolo or Detroit? Come hear from a slate of creative thinkers as they present rapid-fire responses, riffs and critiques of these scenarios, from the serious to...
Aug
9
Thu
San Jose

The Changing Face of Construction

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
According to a recent McKinsey report, the construction industry is one of the least digitized sectors in the world and is ripe for innovation in productivity. In addition, construction costs are rising at unsustainable levels, rendering many of today’s development projects infeasible. A growing number of companies are developing alternative construction technologies, from modular homes to mass timber, that aim to make construction cheaper, faster and better. Learn about some of these technologies from our local innovators. Generously sponsored by...
Aug
9
Thu
Oakland

What Does Access Really Mean?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Providing access to projects for individuals with disabilities involves far more than just ADA compliance, but it doesn’t mean that projects have to sacrifice innovation, aesthetics or their budgets. Designing for inclusion is essential for supporting diverse and multigenerational urban residents. Come learn about the best practices, from universal design principles to new innovations, for making communities accessible to people of all abilities. Co-presented by The Kelsey . + Stuart James / The Center for Independent Living + Erick Mikiten...
Aug
16
Thu
San Francisco

The Waterfront and the “Big One”

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s Embarcadero seawall was built over a century ago and thus was not constructed to meet modern seismic safety standards. However, the Port of San Francisco is leading the charge to shore it up in order to make it safer in the event of an earthquake while also better protecting the city from sea level rise. Hear about the risks and benefits involved in the costly and complicated process to strengthen the city’s seawall. Generously sponsored by PG&E. +...
Aug
16
Thu
San Jose

What’s New With Urban Villages?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
One of the highest-profile strategies in San Jose’s 2040 General Plan is urban village planning. Intended to help guide new infill development and make people-centric neighborhoods, urban villages will serve to focus the inevitable growth in the city’s future. With a number of plans already approved and even more proposed, join us for a conversation to learn about the current status of urban villages and where the city will be focusing its energies next. + Michael Brilliot / San Jose...
Aug
16
Thu
San Francisco

Alternative Living: Share Houses, Tiny Houses and Beyond

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
History is full of innovation in how we finance, design and build homes. Though today we face seemingly intractable urban challenges around space, cost, community and more, a new wave of entrepreneurs and activists is rising up with diverse and creative solutions to these problems. Come learn from past experiments and meet the pioneers changing how we think about housing. + Jon Dishotsky / Starcity + Pam Hughes / CoBuy + Tim Wagner / Accenture + Antje Steinmuller / California College of the Arts
Aug
21
Tue
Oakland

State of Regionalism: Transportation

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we are assessing the state of regionalism and regional governance on a variety of issues, including transportation. How are transportation decisions made across the region and at what levels of government? What crucial future issues do we need to plan for now? Join a panel of experts to describe the landscape of transportation decision-making in the Bay Area and how it might evolve in the coming decades. + Tess Lengyel / Alameda County...
Aug
22
Wed
San Jose

The Economic Impact of Hospitals

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Though known primarily for their high-quality patient care and community health advocacy, the hospitals of Santa Clara County are also one of the region’s strongest economic drivers, generating more than $18.5 billion in spending annually, more than 90,000 jobs and $10.7 billion in labor earnings. In addition, hospital growth is set to fuel the Bay Area’s construction industry over the next five years. Join us to learn more about how these facilities foster not just our health, but our economy...
Aug
22
Wed
Oakland

What’s in Store for the Grocery Industry?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The grocery business is changing. Shifting consumer preferences, business consolidation and evolving supply chains are all influencing where we get our food and what’s in the aisles. As longtime staples of our communities, grocery stores will continue to impact community economic development, neighborhood planning, the shape of the workforce and more. Join us to hear about current trends and the future of the grocery industry. Co-presented by the Berkeley Food Institute. + Jim Araby / United Food and Commercial Workers...
Aug
23
Thu
San Francisco

State of Regionalism: Sustainability

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As part of the SPUR Regional Strategy, we are assessing the state of regionalism and regional governance on a variety of issues, including sustainability. The Bay Area has long been a national leader in promoting environmental solutions. Saving the Bay, preserving the greenbelt and ensuring clean air are some of our region’s great successes, but as the region continues to grow, countless new challenges will materialize. Who should be in charge of these issues as they arise? Join us to...
Aug
23
Thu
San Francisco

Behind the Scenes: Off the Grid at the Presidio

Tour 4:00 p.m.
Each week all over the Bay Area, Off the Grid creates public gatherings with food trucks, music and more. If that wasn’t enough, this year the company is also introducing modular pop-up retail spaces. But producing these events is no small feat, and much of the work is hidden from view. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at Off the Grid with its founder as we tour Presidio Twilight, San Francisco’s own backyard campfire. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. +...
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