June 2017

Jun
28
Wed
San Jose

NEW DATE — Building A Manufacturing Ecosystem

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Last fall, representatives from the region’s four largest cities — San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and Fremont — came together with the nonprofit SFMade to work on creating an interconnected regional manufacturing ecosystem, the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative. Hear how these cities are working together to enable growth by helping urban manufacturers with workforce, supply chain and real estate challenges. + Kelly Kline / Fremont Economic Development Department + Chris Burton / San Jose Office of Economic Development +...
Jun
29
Thu
San Francisco

Haywired

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Haywired project is a major, multi-agency planning process to simulate a magnitude 7.05 earthquake scenario - and figure out how to prepare the Bay Area for it. The study builds upon understanding of the last large earthquake to occur on the Hayward fault in 1868, but with the realization that modern urban infrastructures are made vulnerable by multiple layers of interdependencies between lifelines. Join us for a look at the scenario and what some of the partners involved are...
Jun
29
Thu
Oakland

East Bay Trends 2017: Is the Boom Here to Stay?

Evening Forum
4:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
It’s halfway through 2017 and the pressure for East Bay tenants, owners and developers to deliver solutions and products is like never before. Now is the time to look forward and ask: What are the major trends in development and investment that will shape East Bay real estate? The East Bay’s role in the Bay Area economy is changing fast. Historically, the East Bay has served as a second-tier choice for top-tier employment, as a large collection of housing sub-markets,...

July 2017

Jul
6
Thu
San Francisco

Decision-Making Under Deep Uncertainty

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
No one knows what will happen in the future, but we still have to make key decisions such as where to build, what to build, how to invest our public and private dollars and more; these questions are particularly pressing for planners, policy-makers, investors and organization leaders. Come hear about how to approach decision-making when you don’t know what the future will bring. + Nidhi Kalra / RAND
Jul
6
Thu
San Jose

San Jose’s Budding Breweries

Walking Tour 5:00 p.m.
The market for craft beer continues to grow, and San Jose has become a hotbed for inventive breweries in the Bay Area. Hop on your bike and join us as we tour (and taste) through some of the city’s most interesting breweries, including Floodcraft Brewing Co. (formerly known as Mission Creek Brewing Co.) and Hapa’s Brewing Company, to learn what it takes to brew beer in Silicon Valley. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.
Jul
11
Tue
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Jessica Weare

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 Jessica Weare, Philanthropy and Civic Engagement Manager at Microsoft. Come learn about her career path, how her work enables Microsoft to become a better steward of the Bay Area, what she envisions for the future of San Jose and more. + Jessica Weare / Microsoft
Jul
12
Wed
San Francisco

Envisioning McLaren Park

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
McLaren Park is 330 acres of amazing park land that you have likely never visited. San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department hopes to change that! The department has been working on a visioning process, concluding this summer, that will shape the future of the park. Come learn more about that project and how it will revitalize this historical park in the city’s open space system. + Dawn Kamalanthan / San Francisco Recreation and Parks + Jake Gilchrist / San Francisco...
Jul
12
Wed
Oakland

New Ways to Address the Housing Shortage

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Housing prices in the Bay Area are rising because there aren’t enough homes for everyone who wants to live here. However, some recent projects have been making use of novel technology, such as containers and modular housing, while others have been constructing “micro” units in order to add more housing to the market. Hear how these innovations are working in the East Bay. + Riaz Taplin / Riaz Capital + Joel Karr / Weske Karr Design Group + David Allen / Trestle Development
Jul
12
Wed
San Francisco

Spirited History: North Beach

Walking Tour 5:30 p.m.
San Francisco has had a long and colorful life. With many bars playing a role in the ups and downs of San Francisco neighborhoods, you might just say the city has a spirited history. Join us for a stroll through time as we explore North Beach and visit saloons with a historic past, some of which date back to the Gold Rush. We’ll have our minds on the past and our glasses raised. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Carl...
Jul
13
Thu
San Jose

A Model for Modular Development

Walking Tour 1:30 p.m.
Union City is witnessing the birth of a new district next to its BART station, where over 1,200 new affordable and market-rate housing units and up to 1 million square feet of office, commercial and retail space will be built. The twist? The developer is using innovative, modular technology to construct the housing. Come tour a new model for how inner suburbs could create urban villages adjacent to transit. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + David Baker / David Baker...
Jul
14
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With A Wonk: Tim Chan

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 BRT? Come to SPUR’s St. Clare café to discuss policy and planning with a crackerjack team of thinkers and planners. In July, join us as we talk about all things BART with that agency’s manager of planning. + Allison Arieff / SPUR + Tim Chan / BART
Jul
18
Tue
San Jose

Behind the Scenes: Double Up Food Bucks

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
Earlier this year, SPUR launched Double Up Food Bucks, a pilot project that makes healthy food more affordable for low-income families while supporting California farms. But how does it actually work? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how the program operates, and learn what’s ahead, at one of the participating grocery stores in San Jose. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Charlie Hua / Food Bowl 99 + Diego Ortiz / SPUR + Eli Zigas / SPUR
Jul
18
Tue
San Francisco

What’s Next for Plan Bay Area?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
After two years of public outreach and technical analysis a draft of Plan Bay Area 2040, an update to the region’s long-term growth plan, has been released. The plan describes where and how the region can accommodate an anticipated 820,000 households and 1.3 million new jobs, while detailing a regional transportation investment strategy that expects $303 billion in revenues over the next 24 years. Join us to learn more about this plan and how it will be implemented. + Pedro...
Jul
18
Tue
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Robert Ogilvie

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 Robert Ogilvie, SPUR’s Oakland director. Come learn about his career path, how his role drives SPUR’s policy work, his vision for the future of Oakland and more. + Robert Ogilvie / SPUR
Jul
19
Wed
Oakland

#UpzoneRockridge

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
There are ways that already-established neighborhoods can do their part to address the housing shortage and combat displacement, including building more housing near transit and encouraging secondary units. In Oakland’s own Rockridge neighborhood, a new campaign to create more housing for the “missing middle” is underway. Hear about where it’s succeeded, where it’s failed and what’s next. + Justin Horner / East Bay Forward + Robert Gammon / Oakland Magazine + Loni Gray / All Things Housing
Jul
20
Thu
San Jose

The Big Draw: What Special Events Do for Downtown San Jose

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What do San Jose Jazz Fest, WWDC, Silicon Valley Comic Con and Christmas in the Park all have in common? They bring new people to downtown San Jose from near and far, filling the streets and supporting local businesses. Come hear about what it takes to bring these big events to downtown San Jose and the positive impacts that they have on our local economy. + Laura Chmielewski / Team San Jose + Marshall Jones / Fairmont Hotels & Resorts...
Jul
25
Tue
San Jose

Big Bus + ___?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This event was originally scheduled for May 17. Technology is giving transit agencies more tools than ever to provide mobility to markets that are difficult to serve with traditional "big bus" service. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is now actively using technology to expand mobility choices and improve access and connectivity to its core transit network. Learn about these emerging mobility strategies and where they have been implemented. Co-presented by Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT). + Aiko Cuenco / VTA
Jul
25
Tue
San Francisco

Looking Forward to Lunch

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Every day, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) provides delicious, healthy meals through a variety of new initiatives focusing on wellness, student-centered design, community engagement and food. Hear about what they’ve done to get here, the exciting new initiatives in store and how the team is working to make sure that all students are looking forward to lunch. + Libby Albert / SFUSD + Angela McKee / SFUSD + Sandy Huynh / SFUSD
Jul
26
Wed
Oakland

Taking Urban Farming to New Heights

Walking Tour 5:00 p.m.
A fantastic new urban farm has sprouted up on top of the Stanley Saitowitz–designed Garden Village project, located five stories in the air and just blocks from UC Berkeley. Tour this quarter-acre operation with the owner of Top Leaf Farms as we learn about how the farm was installed, the opportunities and challenges of growing food for sale on top of a residential building and what this project might signal about the future of rooftop farming. Generously sponsored by Kaiser...
Jul
27
Thu
San Jose

Food Halls: Flash in the Pan or Here to Stay?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Food halls are hot. Over the past few years, this new trend in dining has exploded, with food halls opening all around the Bay Area, and San Jose alone is home to several. Why do food halls work, and how do they differ from more standard establishments? Hear about the opportunities and challenges faced by those who manage these projects on a daily basis. + Joe Horrigan / San Pedro Square Market + Nate LeBlanc / San Jose Downtown Association...
Jul
27
Thu
Oakland

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
We’re spending billions of dollars on new transit projects in the Bay Area, but it takes more than new infrastructure to get people on board. Come learn about the innovative programs that are being developed to assist travelers around the region in understanding the value of our transit systems and how best to use them. + Liore Milgrom-Gartner / SF Environment + Luke Easdale / SF Environment + Jay Stagi / Metropolitan Transportation Commission
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 Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Aug
10
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Renee 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 Renee Rivera, executive director of Bike East Bay. Come learn about what got her into bicycling, her career path, how she shaped Bike East Bay into a fully staffed advocacy organization and more. + Renee 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. + David Baker / David Baker Architects + John Onken / David...
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