May 2016

May
31
Tue
San Francisco

Finding, and Protecting, the Bay Area's Hidden Open Spaces

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Bay Area is a highly urban place, but one of the region’s greatest assets is its proximity to open space. Some of the country’s best outdoor experiences lay within a short trip of our own neighborhoods, and for nearly three decades the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has been working to protect these amenities. Come learn more about POST’s work and hear about some of their favorite hidden parks that are worth exploring. Beer, wine and light snacks will...

June 2016

Jun
1
Wed
San Francisco

Growing the Navigation Center

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The city’s latest approach to serving the hardest-to-house homeless, San Francisco’s first Navigation Center opened on Mission Street in March 2015. This year, potential additional locations for the pilot project were announced. How does the Navigation Center work, and how does it fit into the overall strategy to end homelessness? What are the challenges to identifying suitable locations? + Sam Dodge / Office of the Mayor + Gail Gilman / Community Housing Partnership + Karen Gruneisen / Episcopal Community Services
Jun
1
Wed
San Jose

Urban Living in Downtown San Jose

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
Brand new in town, Centerra is a 347-unit, 21-story rental housing development in downtown San Jose. How does the tower interact with the surrounding San Pedro neighborhood, and what surprise amenities does it have in store for its residents? Join SPUR for a tour of this exciting new high-rise project. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Mike Kim / Simeon Properties
Jun
1
Wed
Oakland

Reconsidering Transportation to Create Better Urban Spaces

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
With environmental review guidelines that focus on traffic impacts, Oakland inadvertently makes it difficult to build sustainable infill development. However, city leaders are working to align Oakland’s process with their goals of creating better urban spaces, encouraging healthy lifestyles and reducing emissions. Come learn what changes they have in store and how these changes will improve the quality of life for all Oakland residents. + Jeff Tumlin / Nelson\Nygaard ​ + Sarah Fine / City of Oakland
Jun
2
Thu
San Francisco

Our Renewable Future

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Several of the country’s leading energy analysts and environmental organizations have formulated plans for transitioning to 100% renewable energy. The fascinating new book, Our Renewable Future , gathers and assesses the viability of those plans. Join the book's authors, leading scientists and thinkers in their own right, to explore the future of clean energy and how a fully renewable energy supply will shape our lives and economy. Co-presented by Island Press. + Richard Heinberg / Post Carbon Institute ​+ David...
Jun
7
Tue
San Jose

How LA and SJ Embraced Modern Transit

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Join Ethan Elkind, the author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City, and Rod Diridon, the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley, for this important conversation. + Rod Diridon / Mineta Transportation Institute...
Jun
8
Wed
San Francisco

Post-Election Recap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The June election puts hot-button issues before the voters. What will the results mean for the city and for the next set of election cycles to come? In a much-loved tradition — happening for the first time in June — join SPUR and local political analysts for a witty and incisive post-election recap. + Alex Clemens / Barbary Coast Consulting + David Latterman / Fall Line Analytics
Jun
9
Thu
San Jose

Planning for Better Urban Design in San Jose

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
San Jose plans on building 70 walkable communities throughout the city, but achieving this goal will require great attention to urban design on the neighborhood level. Join us for a walking tour of West San Jose to learn more about the key design concepts that can create a more people-friendly place. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Laura Tolkoff / SPUR + Kristy Wang / SPUR
If you are interested in participating in any SPUR meetings, seminars, conferences, programs and/or walking tours and require auxiliary aids or services for your disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts), please submit your request to SPUR at least five (5) business days in advance of the SPUR event by contacting the Public Programming team at 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 (2) business days in advance. SPUR reserves the right to deny specific requests for qualified interpreters or qualified readers to individuals who repeatedly submit requests for auxiliary aids/services and fail to cancel at least two (2) business days in advance.​

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