September 2016

Sep
27
Tue
San Jose

A Vision for a Greater Great America Station

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The existing Great America station platform is currently just a narrow concrete platform. But with Santa Clara in the midst of creating a new city center with City Place and the Tasman East Specific Plan, we have an opportunity to create a successful, welcoming transit gateway. What will it take to make a greater Great America station? + Lee Butler / City of Santa Clara + Melissa Cerezo / Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority + Corinne Winter / Altamont Corridor Express
Sep
27
Tue
Oakland

Learning from Berkeley's Soda Tax

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2014, Berkeley passed a first-in-the-nation tax on sugary drinks. This November, voters in both Oakland and San Francisco will decide whether to follow Berkeley's lead by passing taxes modeled after Berkeley’s so-called “soda tax”. In advance of these votes, attend a discussion with Berkeley city staff and researchers who have been instrumental in administering the tax and studying its impact. + Dechen Tsering / City of Berkeley + Lynn Silver / Public Health Institute
Sep
27
Tue
San Francisco

Jane Jacobs and the Digital City

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In a review of Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities , Lewis Mumford said she represented “a new kind of ‘expert,’ very refreshing in current planning circles where minds unduly fascinated by computers carefully confine themselves to asking only the kind of question that computers can answer…” Years later, it is clear that few were more prescient in understanding the networked nature of cities, and the complex way people and information work together, than Jacobs herself...
Sep
28
Wed
Oakland

Touring the New Kapor Center

Walking Tour 11:00 a.m.
The brand new Kapor Center, designed by Fougeron Architecture and located in Uptown, serves as the hub for Oakland's tech and social justice communities to join together and integrate technology, knowledge and expertise to encourage diversity and inclusiveness in the tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Join us for a tour of this recently-completed headquarters, as well as Agave Uptown, the ARCSINE-designed, Oaxacan-influenced restaurant that occupies a portion of the building's ground floor. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Anne Fougeron /...
Sep
28
Wed
San Francisco

High-Speed Rail on the Horizon

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
California's high-speed rail project is under construction in the Central Valley. What is the current status of the project and its funding? When and where will the first high-speed trains arrive in the Bay Area? What can riders expect once trains begin running? Learn more about this groundbreaking project. + Ben Tripousis / California High Speed Rail Authority
Sep
28
Wed
San Francisco

Unseen City

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park. The new book, Unseen City , offers a peek behind the curtain of our built environment to the hidden flora and fauna that exists just outside of our normal perspective. Join the author as he talks about the comically frenetic life of a squirrel, the discreet charm of snails and the secret biodiversity that will have you looking...
Sep
29
Thu
San Francisco

Who's Afraid of Prop. 13?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Prop. 13 is one of the most consequential laws in modern California history. The state limitation on property tax has had significant, far-reaching impacts on our education system, housing costs and public services. Join a panel of statewide leaders, experts and activists for a wide-ranging discussion of the impacts of Prop. 13 and the growing campaign for reform. Co-presented by Evolve. + Senator Loni Hancock / California State Senate + Matt Haney / SFUSD Board of Education + Elissa Dennis...

October 2016

Oct
5
Wed
San Francisco

Where a House is a Home

Walking Tour 11:00 a.m.
Located near the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Mission Bay, The Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House provides free temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the hospital. Join us for a tour of this project and learn more about how Family House has been designed to provide a comfortable, residential environment that supports these families. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Alexandra Morgan / Family House + Gregg Novicoff / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects...
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