July 2017

Jul
28
Fri
San Jose

SJSU’s Expanding Campus

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
San Jose State has ambitious plans to grow on both its main and its south campus, with a new science building, recreation center, dorms, wellness center, student union and more. How will this expansion physically remake the school, and how will it interact with the city around it? Join us as we tour these new projects and learn more about the future of the university. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Jaye Bailey / San Jose State University + Dr...
Jul
28
Fri
San Francisco

Designing a New Shoreline for Hunters Point

Walking Tour 5:00 p.m.
The Hunters Point shoreline has recently undergone a significant metamorphosis. The location’s PG&E power plant is now gone, and since 2013, a multidisciplinary team has been working with the community to cultivate ongoing dialogue about the site’s development. The first project resulting from that conversation, a 100-foot-wide shoreline park that combines built features with landscaping, is now completed. Join us for a tour of the site and learn what’s planned next. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Douglas Burnham /...

August 2017

Aug
1
Tue
San Jose

Bringing Local Color to Downtown San Jose

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
Local Color re-activates and re-imagines vacant commercial properties in the heart of downtown San Jose that are between development cycles by establishing creative havens that combine “the maker” and “the made.” They’ve recently brought a vacant storefront on South First Street to life, with more to come. Come tour the space and learn which blank canvases might be next. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Erin Salazar / Local Color
Aug
2
Wed
San Francisco

Designing for What We Don’t Know Yet, Part III

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
When we think about designing for the future, are we thinking about the right things? Is big data helping us or hurting us? Are we creating public space and buildings that are fostering equality and ecology, or are they impeding these things? These are just come of the questions we’ll tackle in an in-depth conversation about designing for what we don’t know yet. + Jonathon Keats / author + David McConville / Buckminster Fuller Institute + Kulapat Yantrasast / wHY
Aug
9
Wed
San Francisco

Can California Reach Its Most Ambitious Climate Goal?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This summer, the California Air Resources Board is set to finalize the state’s plan to achieve its most ambitious climate targets yet: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. What will this take? Come hear about the biggest components of that plan and how specific measures could reduce emissions from two of the largest emitting sectors, electricity and transportation, to make the plan possible. + Jamesine Rogers Gibson / Union of Concerned Scientists + Kif Scheuer / Local Government Commission
Aug
10
Thu
San Jose

Making TDM Work in Silicon Valley

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Facing high demand for jobs and housing and community concern over traffic congestion, Silicon Valley cities are developing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) requirements to reduce traffic from new development. Come learn from the Silicon Valley planners and engineers who are crafting policies that work for both residents and employers. + Ria Lo / Sunnyvale Department of Transportation and Traffic + Ramses Madou / San Jose Department of Transportation + Sarah Peters / Fehr and Peers + Rob Swierk / Santa...
Aug
10
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: René Rivera

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 exciting Young Urbanist series, we sit down with René Rivera, executive director of Bike East Bay. Come learn about what got him into bicycling, his career path, how he shaped Bike East Bay into a fully staffed advocacy organization and more. Co-presented by Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT). + René Rivera / Bike East Bay
Aug
11
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With A Wonk: Eli Zigas

Special Program 9:00 a.m.
Got ideas or questions about your city? Thoughts on transportation or affordable housing? An interest in zoning or an obsession with urban ag? Come to SPUR’s St. Clare café to discuss policy and planning with a crackerjack team of thinkers and planners. In August, join us as we talk all about food and its relationship to our cities with SPUR’s director of food and agriculture. + Allison Arieff / SPUR + Eli Zigas / SPUR
Aug
12
Sat
San Jose

A Housing Tour on Two Wheels

Walking Tour 10:00 a.m.
What makes for quality affordable housing? Is it how it’s designed, how it holds up over the long term or a combination of both? For a firsthand answer, grab your bike and join us for a tour of affordable housing in San Jose. We’ll meet the people behind the projects and get an inside look at some of the city’s newest housing developments. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and co-presented by SV@Home and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. + David...
Aug
15
Tue
San Francisco

The Who and How of Paying for Affordable Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Who pays, and how they pay, for affordable housing is one of the biggest hurdles to getting projects constructed. But innovative funding options may help streamline the process. Join a panel of experts for a conversation about new ways to finance affordable housing and learn about the Bay Area’s newest funds, which will create more nimble financing tools that can act quickly in this fast-moving market. + Rebecca Foster / San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund + Rich Gross / Enterprise...
Aug
16
Wed
Oakland

Learning From Seattle

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With a long-running tech boom, fast-rising housing costs, urban growth boundaries to preserve open space at the region’s edge, and plans to remove a freeway to open up the waterfront, Seattle has much in common with the Bay Area. Yet there are key differences, such as the absence of Prop. 13 and state housing growth targets prevalent in their local plans. Hear what key lessons our region can learn from the Emerald City. + Benjamin Grant / SPUR + Ratna...
Aug
17
Thu
San Francisco

Transcending Traditional Neighborhood Advocacy

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
How can a city broaden community participation and create a more inclusive community engagement process? In 2016, the City of Seattle changed up its neighborhood outreach model to strive for a more equitable and accessible system. Join us to learn how Seattle is finding new ways of connecting with citizens and how similar programs could be successful in the Bay Area. + Kathy Nyland / Seattle Department of Neighborhoods + Candace Sue / San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency + Christine...
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

Beyond the Tracks

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
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 the California High-Speed Rail Authority and key station cities, recently released a major report looking at the economic development and land use opportunities of high-speed rail. Join us to hear what we learned. Co-presented by Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT). + Egon Terplan /...
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

Redefining Ownership on the Southeast Waterfront

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
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 residents in rapid gentrifying areas with the means to put down roots. Come hear more about this standout work. + Blake Stevenson / California...
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...
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