April 2018

Apr
25
Wed
Oakland

CANCELED: The Growth of East Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, we've had to cancel this event due to unavoidable scheduling issues. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope to reschedule this forum for later this summer. The California Legislative Analyst's Office has found that residential displacement is more than twice as likely to happen in low-income census tracts with little market-rate housing construction than in low-income tracts with more frequent market-rate construction. For years, East Oakland has been the former, but that might be changing...
Apr
25
Wed
San Jose

Tiny Homes: Creating Bridges From Streets to Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Homelessness has become an increasingly visible and troubling issue around the Bay Area. Last year, the City of San Jose received permission from the state to pilot emergency “bridge housing communities” as interim solutions for homeless residents until permanent housing situations can be found. Join a conversation with city staff, advocates, service providers and the project designer to see how the city proposes to house more residents with decency and dignity. Generously sponsored by Bank of America. + Jennifer Loving...
Apr
25
Wed
San Francisco

Autonomous Mobility and the Future of Cities

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
There's a lot of hype around autonomous vehicles, but when will we actually see them on our streets? How will the addition of autonomous vehicles change our current transportation landscape, including car ownership, ride sharing, delivery and public transit? Join us to learn more about the transportation companies and startups at the forefront of reimagining transit in our cities. Co-presented with SPUR and the Toyota Mobility Foundation. + Daniel Laury / udelv + Clara Brenner / Urban Innovation Fund + Jim Adler / Toyota AI Ventures
Apr
26
Thu
San Francisco

Misfits, Merchants and Mayhem

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco's Barbary Coast was legendary for gold rushers, gamblers and adventurers galore, but that's only one strand in the history of the city's waterfront. The new book Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934 looks at nearly a century of life along the piers - from the Gold Rush to the Jazz Age - and documents how the boisterous bayfront birthed the San Francisco that we know today. Come hear the tales of the characters,...
Apr
26
Thu
San Jose

Spirited History: San Jose

Tour 6:00 p.m.
Even in its earliest days, San Jose had a reputation as a hard-drinking town. From early vineyards to homemade mezcal and peach brandy to German breweries, the city has a libation-rich legacy, despite getting a head start on Prohibition with the closure of all of its saloons in 1918. Although much of San Jose’s besotted boozing is relegated to the history books, traces of this past remain if you know where to look. Join us for a stroll through downtown,...
Apr
30
Mon
San Jose

Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets in San Jose: Berryessa/BART Urban Village

Special Program 1:00 p.m.
What will it take to develop a truly livable community on the Berryessa/BART urban village site? AARP defines a livable community as one that is safe and secure, has appropriate and affordable housing and transportation options, and includes needed services and desirable features. These places are designed with all residents in mind, from young children to older adults who want to remain in their community as they age, but livable communities can only be created when all stakeholders have a...
Apr
30
Mon
San Francisco

What Can Clipper Learn From Zürich, London and Toronto?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Clipper card has certainly made it significantly easier to use public transit around the Bay Area, but there is still so much more that the little card could do. Cities like Zürich, London and Toronto have a wealth of experience in the area of fare payment that our own regional agencies and transit operators could learn from. Join us to hear from three international experts in transit fare policy about what it takes to design and implement a fare...

May 2018

May
2
Wed
San Francisco

Touring an Elevated Urban Oasis

Tour 2:30 p.m.
Elevated high above the scrum of SoMa and boxed in by glossy towers, the grand, 5.4-acre park located atop the nearly completed Transbay Transit Center may prove to be one of the most peaceful environments in San Francisco and a much-needed refuge from the bustle below. The 1,400 linear feet of green space, designed to be experienced episodically, features hundreds of trees as well as trails, an outdoor amphitheater, a children's play area and much more. Come tour this urban...
May
2
Wed
San Francisco

What Is the Tenderloin's Place in San Francisco?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Throughout its history, the Tenderloin has been the target of real estate speculators, moral crusaders and redevelopment bureaucrats, but it has also been a center of affordable housing, community advocacy and nonprofit strength within San Francisco. Despite many challenges, it has remained affordable as the city has evolved around it. But that may be changing, for better and worse. Come learn about the neighborhood's place in the San Francisco of the past, how its role may change in the future...
May
3
Thu
San Jose

Preventing Another Flood in San Jose

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In early 2017, San Jose experienced its worst flooding in a century. After record rainfall, Coyote Creek overflowed its banks, deluging neighborhoods, flooding hundreds of homes and requiring the evacuation of thousands of residents. Hear from the city’s new head of emergency management about what the city has learned from this tragic occurrence and the processes it’s undertaken to prevent flooding of that magnitude from happening again. + Linda LeZotte / Santa Clara Valley Water District + Ray Riordan /...
May
3
Thu
San Francisco

What's the News on San Francisco's Soda Tax?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
This event was originally listed on the printed calendar as happening at lunchtime. San Francisco voters passed a tax on sugary drinks in November 2016. Since then, the city has begun collecting taxes, and the advisory committee established by the ballot measure has started considering where that tax revenue should be used. Join us for a discussion of how soda tax implementation is moving forward, where revenue could be directed and how San Francisco should focus its energy on this...
May
5
Sat
San Francisco

An Insider's Tour of the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market

Tour 10:00 a.m.
A bustling, iconic fixture of San Francisco for 25 years, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market remains at the forefront of pioneering food culture in Northern California. It's also a great place to spend a Saturday morning! Join us for an insider's tour of the market to meet some of the vendors, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the market's operations, try some tasty samples and learn about the innovative education programs that connect urban dwellers with our local food shed. Generously...
May
8
Tue
Oakland

Easing Access to Affordable Housing in the East Bay

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco's DAHLIA Housing Portal, a product developed out of a civic-tech partnership, is making it easier for residents to apply for affordable housing. Instead of submitting reams of paper applications for competitive housing lotteries, potential residents can now complete applications online in a matter of minutes. Join us to learn about the portal and how it could benefit residents of the East Bay. + Barry Roeder / San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development + Zach Berke...
May
9
Wed
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Dr. Mary Papazian

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 Dr. Mary Papazian, president of San Jose State University. Come hear about the path that led her to lead the oldest public university in California, the role of the university in the South Bay’s technology-driven culture and the importance of improving education across the country. + Dr. Mary Papazian / San...
May
9
Wed
Oakland

What's the News on Oakland's Soda Tax?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In November 2016, Oakland voters passed a tax on sugary drinks. Since then, the city has begun collecting taxes, and the advisory committee established by the ballot measure has started to consider where that tax revenue should be used. Join us for a discussion of how soda tax implementation is moving forward, where revenue could be directed and how Oakland should focus its energy on this issue in the coming months. Co-presented by the American Heart Association and the Center...
May
14
Mon
San Francisco

Ballots and Brews

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Measures, majorities and mayors, oh my! The June 2018 election, the first time San Francisco residents will head to the voting booth since November 2016, has the potential to bring sweeping changes to San Francisco's physical and political landscape. Come join the SPUR policy staff in an annual tradition as they explain the ballot over beers.
May
15
Tue
Oakland

At the Foot of the Bay Bridge

Tour 10:30 a.m.
A proposed 170-acre open space at the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge, Gateway Park will create new parkland, provide a distinct entryway to the East Bay, connect to the bridge's new bicycle and pedestrian path and increase shoreline access. In addition, the park will highlight the rich industry, infrastructure and ecology that have shaped the history of the bay. Come explore the new site with the park's proponents and designers. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Will Travis /...
May
15
Tue
San Francisco

How We Move and How We're Tracked

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
We all have places to go and we've never before had so many options of how to get there. We've also never generated so much data while getting from place to place. The proliferation of smartphones and mobility apps like Uber, Lyft, Waze and more offer new opportunities for people on the go, but these opportunities come at the cost of revealing our individual location and other personal data. Come learn how mobility is changing and who owns and benefits...
May
15
Tue
San Jose

Mind the (Affordable Housing) Gap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The region’s housing shortage has impacted everyone, and those who rely on affordable housing have been hit the hardest. According to a recent study, the Bay Area’s affordable housing funding gap is estimated, conservatively, to be $1.45 billion a year. It may seem daunting to close that gap, but it’s not unachievable with major measures set forth and approved by voters or state officials. Join us to learn about how we can grow the necessary funding for affordable housing in...
May
15
Tue
San Jose

City Trivia Night: Housing Edition

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
The much-loved City Trivia Night is back at SPUR San Jose, but this time with a housing theme in celebration of Affordable Housing Week! Join us for this 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. Co-presented by SV @ Home.
May
15
Tue
San Francisco

The Border Wall: Immigration and Construction

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The "border wall" has been a key element of President Trump's speeches since the beginning of his campaign, but how would such a barrier, combined with the administration's immigration policies, impact the architecture and construction industries? Artists, architects, labor experts, immigration advocates and contractors will discuss their understanding of the implications of this administration's policies on our built environment. Co-presented by the Architecture Lobby. Panel 1: The Border Panel + James Heard / uxo + Ronald Rael / University of...
May
16
Wed
Oakland

Catalyzing Rail-Oriented Development

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Spurring development around rail stations in California is critical to achieving state goals for an integrated rail system, as well as for more compact land use. However, development in many communities requires additional support. Building on SPUR's recent Harnessing High-Speed Rail report, this panel will discuss the policy initiatives and potential legislation needed for catalyzing development around rail across the state. + Kate White / California State Transportation Agency + Meea Kang / Related California + Egon Terplan / SPUR
May
17
Thu
San Jose

How Smart Can Cities Become?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
New technologies can now help cities make real-time, data-driven decisions and track how they deliver services. From street sensors that help manage traffic to streetlights that can respond to emergency services and other events, cities have the opportunity to change how we interact with them. San Jose has created a new vision to be a leader in this new global push for “smart cities.” Come learn about the city’s plan, how it's being implemented and what is on the horizon...
May
17
Thu
Oakland

2018 SPUR Member Party | Oakland

SPUR Member Party
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us for the SPUR Oakland Member Party. The celebration will take place on the rooftop of the Overlook Lounge and will feature DJs, drinks and delicious appetizers from local vendors.​
May
22
Tue
San Francisco

What Is Climate Smart Agriculture?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Like energy and transportation (which get most of the attention), agriculture is key to our climate future. As a sector, agriculture contributes to greenhouse gas emissions but is also buffeted by the changes caused by global warming. At the same time, farmers are in a position to help sequester carbon and work at the forefront of adapting to climate change. Come learn what climate-smart agriculture looks like, both on the ground and from a policy perspective. Co-presented by Community Alliance...
May
24
Thu
San Francisco

Can Better Data Help Cities Achieve Vision Zero?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Cities across the country have committed to Vision Zero, a data-driven strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries. They are looking to build on the datasets they've been using to identify dangerous street conditions and to understand where and why crashes happen. But developing new data tools is not without its challenges. Learn why data matters for Vision Zero and the challenges cities are experiencing in leveraging data. + Megan Wier / San Francisco Department of Public Health...
May
29
Tue
Oakland

Preserving Oakland's Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A key strategy that has emerged in the Bay Area's fight against displacement is the preservation of existing occupied units, which enables residents to stay in their homes while ensuring the long-term affordability of units. Come hear from a diverse panel of partners and stakeholders who are working on acquiring existing buildings in order to keep residents in place, and rents low, for those who need such security the most. + Geeta Rao / Enterprise Community Partners + James Yelen...
May
30
Wed
San Jose

Why Does Housing Cost So Much to Build?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2014, The Urbanist ran an article titled “The Real Cost of Building Housing,” which looked at the exorbitant cost of construction in San Francisco. Over the past four years, these costs have continued to escalate across the region. Join our panel to hear how the situation has evolved and how it impacts efforts to address our housing shortage. Generously sponsored by Bank of America. + Mark Hogan / Openscope Studio + Mike Kim / Simeon + Steve Levy /...
May
30
Wed
Oakland

City Trivia Night XIV

Special Program 6:00 p.m.
The much-loved City Trivia Night is back at SPUR! 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
31
Thu
San Francisco

The 3rd Annual AIASF NEXT Conference

Conference
11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How can built environment professionals leverage the global United Nation’s New Urban Agenda for success and relevance at a local level? The 3rd Annual AIASF Next Conference will focus on how the Bay Area can take a proactive stance to achieve sustainable and equitable growth. Presented by AIASF. Thursday, May 31 Presenters will take a deep dive into an examination of the housing crisis as it relates to three basic principles: public needs and desires, policy rules and incentives, professional...
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