April 2017

Apr
27
Thu
Oakland

A School Cafeteria’s Recipe for Change

Walking Tour 11:00 a.m.
Whether it’s by foraging ingredients from local farms, increasing scratch cooking or linking school gardens with school kitchens, Oakland Unified School District is a pioneer when it comes to improving school meals. It’s something you have to see to believe, so join us for a guided tour of the program at work at an Oakland school with the leaders of the district’s school meals reform. Come see — and taste — the program in action. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente...
Apr
27
Thu
San Francisco

How 3-D Is Helping Planners Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Mapping has always been a powerful tool for planners and policy makers, but it becomes even stronger with the advent of data-driven 3-D mapping and design software like Esri’s CityEngine. These applications have the potential to enrich planning efforts and to better inform planners about transportation systems and sea level rise. Stop by the Urban Center to learn more about how 3-D planning is the future of how we plan our cities. Co-presented by Northern California APA. + David Wasserman...
Apr
27
Thu
San Francisco

100 Days of Trump

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Presidents have long been judged by their first 100 days in office. The first 100 days of the Trump Administration are poised to be noteworthy, not only because of the actions coming from the White House, but also due to the ways in which people all over the country are being galvanized into action. Hear a panel of experts reflect on what the start of the Trump Presidency means for the Bay Area, California and the nation. + Rebecca Long...

May 2017

May
2
Tue
Oakland

A Reinvestment in West Oakland

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
Oakland-based developer 11 West Partners recently purchased over 20 acres of land straddling Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. Among the properties is the legendary American Steel building, home to a vibrant community of makers and artists. But rather than immediately convert the buildings to another use, the developer is exploring ways of integrating them deeper into the community. Join us for a tour of some of these sites to learn about their role as part of a long-term investment in...
May
2
Tue
San Francisco

Federal Threats to Bay Area Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
2017’s change in administration has generated concerns about how shifts in federal housing policy will impact the Bay Area’s efforts to house its residents, particularly those who are the most in need. What are the looming threats and what can we do at the local level? Join us to learn from some of those embedded in this fight. Co-presented by NPH. + Eric Johnson / Oakland Housing Authority + Michael Lane / Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California + Olson...
May
3
Wed
San Francisco

Public Housing Re-Envisioned and Underway

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Through two major long-term efforts — HOPE SF and RAD — San Francisco, in partnership with community partners and affordable housing organizations, has undertaken a radical transformation of its public housing portfolio in an effort to preserve and grow the city’s permanently affordable housing stock. Come hear about important milestones recently reached for these initiatives and what’s next for the people and the projects involved. Co-presented by CCHO. + Amy Beinart / Chinatown Community Development Center + Ramie Dare /...
May
3
Wed
Oakland

City Trivia Night XII

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
City Trivia Night is back! Six themed rounds of searing questions relating to cities, architecture, urban planning and policy make this event the ultimate showcase of urbanist talent and planning geekery. Bring your own team of six or join up with other urbanists at the event to compete for the crown and prizes.
May
4
Thu
San Jose

San Jose's Greenprint

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Services Department (PRNS) is updating The Greenprint , the city’s long-term plan that guides the future expansion of parks, trails, recreation facilities and community services. The update requires extensive public engagement to identify community needs and priorities, so join us to learn more about the plan and provide your feedback on its policy questions and challenges. + Angel Rios, Jr. / San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Services Department + Kathy LeVeque /...
May
4
Thu
San Francisco

How Civic Tech Is Changing Housing

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
At the forefront of civic technology, San Francisco has leveraged innovative public-private partnerships to make a real difference in the lives of San Franciscans, including in the area of affordable housing. Join us as we learn more about the new DAHLIA San Francisco Housing Portal, a product developed out of just such a partnership, which uses cutting-edge market methodologies to connect affordable housing with those who need it. + Jay Nath / San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation +...
May
8
Mon
San Francisco

The YIMBY Organizers

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Bay Area’s housing shortage has led to a grassroots movement of millennials who say “yes” to the building of high-density housing. In a conversation fueled by soaring real estate prices, by threats to the environment and by an increasingly homogeneous society, learn from three individuals on the front line about how they’re leading the pro-housing movement. Co-presented by SFHAC. + Laura Foote Clark / YIMBY Action + Kim-Mai Cutler / Initialized Capital + Corey Smith / San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
May
9
Tue
San Jose

NEW DATE: San Jose’s Innovation Roadmap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This event was originally scheduled for March 23rd. San Jose is taking its title of “the Capital of Silicon Valley” seriously. They’re already implementing the ambitious Smart City Vision, a plan that uses data and tech to promote safety, inclusivity and sustainability, but it’s just one of many projects in the extensive plan that will reinforce the city’s reputation as a global leader in civic technology. Join us to hear how San Jose plans to use innovation to chart a...
May
10
Wed
San Francisco

Exhibition Opening: 9 Ways to Build Community With Urban Housing

Special Program 6:00 p.m.
The importance of community plays a crucial role in shaping how we live. Now, as our world continues to urbanize and densify, community is as critical as ever. 9 Ways to Build Community With Urban Housing , a new exhibition by David Baker Architects, tackles how we can forge these key bonds through development. Previously on display at Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s design museum in New York City, the show is a “suite of elegant, economical, and human-centric design strategies...
May
12
Fri
San Jose

NEW DATE: Food Works for Economic Development

Lunchtime Forum 12:00 p.m.
This program was originally scheduled for April 12. Its date, time and location have been changed due to an opportunity to expand the conversation and include additional stakeholders. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience. San Jose’s diverse food industry contributes $2.9 billion annually to the City’s economy while helping shape the City’s identity and vitality. Yet many food businesses face challenges: distributors and processors are squeezed for space and new businesses need support to grow and succeed. What additional...
May
12
Fri
San Jose

NEW DATE - Touring the Midtown Arts Mercantile

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
Adaptive reuse has always been one of the best ways to maintain a neighborhood’s physical character while transforming its land uses, and few places are better suited to reuse than old industrial buildings. One great example is Midtown Arts Mercantile, a 41,000-square foot converted warehouse in San Jose that now houses a coffee roaster, brewing company, bicycle shop and more. Join us for a tour of this new project. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Forrest Cerrato / SWENSON +...
May
16
Tue
Oakland

Meals on Wheels: Mobile Food in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Oakland was one of the first cities to create a food vending program that permitted food trucks on private property and pushcarts on sidewalks, and the city later permitted mobile food for “group sites” to enable successful events like Bites Off Broadway and the renowned Off the Grid event at the Oakland Museum of California. Faced with increased demand, the city is again revising its regulations. Join us to hear how Oakland is making it easier to enjoy your favorite...
May
16
Tue
San Jose

What Should the Region Be Doing About Housing?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
It's no secret that the Bay Area is grappling with a regional housing shortage and all the negative consequences that come with it. Many argue that this is a regional issue that that needs a regional vision and regional tools. What is the role of regional government on housing? How can jurisdictions better collaborate across boundaries? Come tackle these thorny questions with our panel. Co-presented by Northern California APA and SV@Home . + Leslye Corsiglia / Silicon Valley @ Home...
May
16
Tue
San Francisco

What PPPs Can do for Transportation: A Future of Urban Mobility

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Private companies and public entities often work together to fund, construct and/or manage large civic construction projects, but what happens when they join forces on transportation? Join us as we explore the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in providing mobility options for urban dwellers. Hear from both large companies and small startups — as well as the policymakers guiding the processes — about how this unique collaboration can be successful. Co-presented by the Urban Innovation Fund . + Pierre Maillot...
May
17
Wed
San Jose

Big Bus + ___?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
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
May
17
Wed
San Francisco

Managing Megaprojects

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Bridge. The Big Dig. The Mixing Bowl. Some transportation projects are surrounded by so much financial and political furor that their very names have become synonymous with complications, drama and public debate. Can we do a better job of managing these so-called megaprojects? Join us for a discussion about what it will take to restore the public’s trust in our ability to build big things. + Crystal Legacy / RMIT University, Australia + Marwin Nader / T.Y. Lin...
May
17
Wed
Oakland

Emeryville’s Public Market is Heating Up This Spring!

Walking Tour
3:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Come join a tour with Tim Bacon, Senior Vice President at City Center Realty Partners, and Nathan Hong, Senior Vice President of Development at Avalon Bay Communities, to view the almost completed, multi-phased The Public Market in Emeryville. This project is among the most recognizable of Bay Area destinations, known for its Food Hall, eclectic mix of tenants and historic buildings. A multi-year redevelopment with 1-2 years of construction remaining, the 14-acre project comprises 300,000+ square feet of shopping, restaurants,...
May
17
Wed
San Francisco

Drinks and Discourse: Christine Johnson

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 newest Young Urbanist series, we sit down with SPUR’s new San Francisco Director, and current San Francisco Planning Commissioner, Christine Johnson. Come learn about her career path, how her role drives SPUR’s policy work, her vision for the future of San Francisco and more. + Christine Johnson / SPUR
May
19
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With a Wonk: Laura Tam

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 May, join us as we discuss disaster resilience and environmental sustainability in the Bay Area with SPUR’s sustainable development policy director. + Laura Tam / SPUR + Allison Arieff / SPUR
May
23
Tue
San Francisco

Affordable Transit for Low-Income Riders

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
For people struggling to make ends meet, the cost of a bus or train ticket can be a barrier to transit use. For most households in the Bay Area, transportation is the third-largest monthly expense, behind housing and food, and when transit is out of reach, its promise — access to opportunity — cannot be realized. Hear a panel of experts discuss the challenges that low-income riders face when paying for transit, and the potential solutions to make transit more...
May
23
Tue
San Jose

Hard-Hat Tour of Berryessa BART Station

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
In 2017, San Jose will finally receive its first BART line. An integral part of a two-phase push into Silicon Valley, the Berryessa Station will be the terminus of a new 10-mile extension and is expected to serve 25,000 daily passengers by 2030. Join us for a hard-hat tour of the brand-new station before it opens and learn how it integrates with the surrounding community and the greater the BART network. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Brandi Childress / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
May
23
Tue
Oakland

Walk This Way

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Can you transform the spaces underneath freeways and make them beautiful, safe and inviting? The City of Oakland has launched a project to reknit the neighborhoods that were severed by the construction of I-880, and plans to connect downtown to the waterfront will improve walkability and the quality of life for the communities surrounding the underpasses. + Christina Ferracane / Oakland Bureau of Planning + Savlan Hauser / Jack London Square Improvement District
May
23
Tue
San Jose

City Trivia Night 9

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
City Trivia Night returns to San Jose! Six themed rounds of searing questions relating to cities, architecture, urban planning and policy make this event the ultimate showcase of urbanist talent and planning geekery. Bring your own team of six or join up with other urbanists at the event to compete for the crown and prizes.
May
24
Wed
San Jose

New Ideas for Diridon — NEW DATE

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This event was originally scheduled for April 26. In the not-so-distant future, Diridon Station can become a great urban hub and the gateway to the Bay Area. If planned well, it will serve as a generator of economic activity and become a place that shapes and showcases all that the South Bay has to offer. What will it take to get to that point, and what can we learn from the station’s forbearers around the world? Join us for a...
May
24
Wed
San Francisco

Zoning at 100: A Look Forward

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
What is the role of zoning in the Bay Area’s housing shortage? A new body of research is examining the role of local land regulation like zoning — often a reflection of local homeowner concerns rather than regional imperatives — in limiting the supply of housing. Come hear a panel of experts explore the interaction of zoning, policy and the housing market. Co-presented by Northern California APA. + Enrico Moretti / UC Berkeley, Department of Economics + Carolina Reid /...
May
25
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Michael Ghielmetti

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 newest Young Urbanist series, we sit down with the president of Signature Development Group, the company behind the Hive and Brooklyn Basin. Hear about his career path, what it takes to develop successful projects in Oakland and how the future of the East Bay is urban. + Michael Ghielmetti / Signature Properties
May
26
Fri
San Jose

Exploring San Jose’s Trail Network

Walking Tour 4:00 p.m.
San Jose's trail network is a beloved, but often hidden, open space asset that facilitates bicycle commuting and outdoor recreation while connecting neighborhoods, parks and the downtown. In conjunction with National Bike Month, join us for a bicycle tour on some of the system's highlights as we learn about its growing role in sustainable transportation and urban open space. Co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Ben Grant / SPUR
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