February 2018

Feb
20
Tue
San Jose

Implementing the State Rail Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In the fall of 2017, California released its State Rail Plan, a strategic vision that provides an innovative framework for our rail network over the next two decades with the intended goal of creating a state-of-the-art rail system by 2040. Join us as we explore the plan to learn more about its vision, how it supports the intermodal connections at Diridon Station and how it might change the future of travel throughout California for the better. Co-presented by the Mineta...
Feb
20
Tue
San Francisco

Reinventing Public Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s public housing developments have long been the victim of neglected maintenance, a lack of supportive services and flaws in design. However, recent innovative steps to revitalize these developments have proven highly successful and offer lessons for architects and designers to learn from as they work on public housing projects around the country. Come examine the design strategies that contribute to safety, social cohesion and family well-being while building and supporting a healthy community. + Lisa Gelfand / Gelfand...
Feb
20
Tue
Oakland

POSTPONED- Finding Our Way Back to Black

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Faced with the necessity of a 9.1-million-dollar slash to the budget mid-way through the school year, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is scrambling to find ways to navigate its way out of its financial troubles. However, despite this budgetary hole the district is still not without significant assets, especially when it comes to real estate. How can OUSD utilize these existing assets to alleviate its fiscal crisis? Come to SPUR Oakland to learn more and brainstorm options with a...
Feb
21
Wed
Oakland

POSTPONED- Studying Affordability in Alameda County

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With rents and home prices continuing to spiral upward, there has been no shortage of policy proposals to alleviate the region’s affordability problem. What these too often lack is a way to evaluate and compare each policy alongside each other. A new report does just that and identifies which state and local interventions — increasing accessory dwelling units, loosening parking requirements or streamlining affordable housing, for example — can be most effective in making real strides toward affordability. + Jeff...
Feb
22
Thu
San Francisco

Whatever Floats Our Boats

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The San Francisco Bay has been served by ferries of all types for over 150 years. Although the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge adversely impacted ferry travel in the latter half of the 20th century, extreme congestion heading to and from San Francisco in recent years has led to a resurgence in water-based transit. Hear about the current state of ferries in our bay, what’s on the horizon and the ideas that are afloat for the...
Feb
22
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Angela Tsay

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 Angela Tsay, CEO and creative director of the Oakland retail mainstay Oaklandish. Come learn about her career path, what it takes to make a retail brand thrive in our online-focused economic environment, her thoughts on the future of downtown Oakland and much more. + Angela Tsay / Oaklandish + Noah Christman / SPUR
Feb
27
Tue
San Jose

Keeping SoFA SoFA

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Jose’s South of First Area (SoFA) is one of the city’s liveliest arts, culture and entertainment districts, though its rapid growth has many concerned about the loss of the neighborhood’s unique character and affordable spaces. San Jose is not alone in this problem, and urban arts districts from around the country can serve as wonderful studies for what the neighborhood can and should do next. Join us to talk about strategies and best practices for arts and culture cultivation...
Feb
27
Tue
San Francisco

Next Steps at Ocean Beach

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The implementation of the Ocean Beach Master Plan, a road map for adapting to erosion and sea level rise along San Francisco’s western edge, is moving forward on several fronts. Projects underway include an update to the city’s coastal plan, a narrowing of hazard-prone road segments and the introduction of a new coastal bike and pedestrian trail. Hear from the agencies responsible for these efforts to future-proof one of San Francisco’s most beloved landscapes. + Anna Roche / San Francisco...
Feb
27
Tue
San Jose

Improving Food Access in San Jose

Tour 3:00 p.m.
For the past five years, Valley Verde has been assisting Silicon Valley’s low-income residents in growing organic produce in their own yards as a means to encourage healthy eating and combat food insecurity. In 2017, the organization successfully opened its own community greenhouse near downtown San Jose that serves as both an urban farm and an educational space for local residents. With a massive new investment in downtown development on the horizon, come tour the facility and talk about the...
Feb
28
Wed
San Francisco

Tracking the Bay Area’s Workforce

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
More than 138 million workers in the U.S. have LinkedIn profiles, giving the company a unique insight into workforce trends around the country. What information has their data crunching found out about the Bay Area, and how does our metro region compare to others? Who is leaving the region and why? Come learn about the insights that can be gleaned from the tracking of workforce and migration trends in the Bay Area and beyond. + Guy Berger / LinkedIn + Issi Romem / BuildZoom

March 2018

Mar
21
Wed
San Francisco

2018 Good Government Awards

Good Government Awards 5:30 p.m.
For the past 38 years, the Good Government Awards have recognized outstanding job performance for those serving the City and County of San Francisco. This is a unique opportunity to acknowledge the City's top managers for their leadership, vision and ability to make a difference, both within city government and the community at large. Award winners will be recognized at the Good Government Awards in March 2018. We hope you will join us!
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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