January 2018

Jan
22
Mon
San Francisco

Urban Planning Pun-Off

Young Urbanists 6:30 p.m.
Do you like urban planning and puns? Do you have to “curb” your enthusiasm for sidewalks? Well, do we have an evening for you! The Bay Area Pun-Off: Urban Planning Edition is an evening of groaningly good word play. “Train” your mind on transit to compete, or just listen and enjoy, but either way we promise this will add a little “je ne CEQA” to your evening. Co-presented with Bay Area Pun-Off .
Jan
23
Tue
San Jose

Disruptive Transportation and the Future of the City

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft are dramatically changing the way we travel today. However, everyone suffers if we don’t proactively plan for the ripple effects of their increasing ubiquity, not to mention the impacts caused by autonomous vehicles. Come learn how the growth of TNCs is affecting our transportation networks, how autonomous vehicles and autonomous transit could affect travel in the future and what partnerships and countermeasures cities and transit agencies should be considering today to...
Jan
23
Tue
San Francisco

What is Washington, D.C. Doing to Bay Area Affordable Housing?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In the midst of the Bay Area's housing shortage, recent decisions in Washington, D.C. have made it even harder to address our region's housing needs. Come learn the latest on tax reform, the federal budget and the policy actions that are affecting the future of the housing market. Leading experts will discuss how these actions impact our ability to create and maintain effective housing policies and much-needed affordable housing. + Ophelia Basgal / UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation...
Jan
24
Wed
San Jose

The Future of Retail

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Downtown San Jose is livelier now than it has been in decades, but much of that dynamism comes from restaurants and bars, rather than the retail stores that formerly generated the buzz. As retail changes before our eyes — with the ease of online shopping only continuing to grow — how can communities plan accordingly for the future and activate their streets and storefronts? Come explore new strategies for retail and public life with local experts. + Erin Salazar /...
Jan
24
Wed
San Francisco

Sharing Cities

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The idea of sharing has never been more prevalent than it is today. Communities, organizations and local governments are developing innovative ways to address many of the biggest challenges that our cities now face by sharing labor, knowledge, space and goods. A new book, Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons , highlights best practices in the sharing movement from around the world. Hear why sharing is for much more than just cars and apartments, learn what’s being done locally and...
Jan
24
Wed
Oakland

The Eldership Dinner

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
By 2030, one in five Alameda County residents will be older than 65, and by 2050 the county will have nearly 100,000 residents over the age of 85. This demographic growth represents a profound shift, and one that requires revisiting how we design our cities and systems. Join us for dinner and an open discussion about our own perceptions on aging and what infrastructure, political will and policies are needed to give older adults the opportunity to age in place...
Jan
30
Tue
San Francisco

Getting to the Rock

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In the near future, the ease of getting to Alcatraz will almost be criminal. The National Park Service and Port of San Francisco are partnering with the Parks Conservancy to bring a new welcome center and ferry landing to the Embarcadero that will serve the famed island. Born of a shared interest in better serving nearly two million visitors each year and telling the layered stories of Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco waterfront, the center is being shaped by...
Jan
30
Tue
Oakland

How Do Other Cities Govern Mobility?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As traffic congestion and transit crowding continue to worsen across the region, and as autonomous vehicles threaten to disrupt mobility as we know it, how we can most effectively deliver urban transportation has become an urgent question. Hear from two leaders in transportation on their experiences governing transformative transportation in London and New York, and join in a discussion about the lessons from those cities that may be applicable here in the Bay Area. Co-presented by Young Professionals in Transportation...
Jan
30
Tue
Oakland

Your Turn: What Games Teach Us About Planning and Policy

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
In the game of Monopoly, as players circle the board and acquire properties, property owners get richer at the expense of other players. What do the rules of games like this, and the choices we make in them, teach us about planning and place-based policies in the real world? Come for a discussion of how games and game design can help us understand complex urban systems and the trade-offs inherent within them, then stay for SPUR’s first-ever board game night,...
Jan
31
Wed
San Jose

Reaching New Heights at Diridon

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Though currently a 240-acre swath of surface parking, the future Diridon Station area will be a bustling extension of downtown San Jose while offering unparalleled transit connections to the region and the state through BART, Caltrain, California High-Speed Rail, VTA light rail and other providers. However, any growth planned for the area will be severely limited in height due to flight paths, as mandated by the site’s proximity to the airport. What will it take for the Diridon area to...

February 2018

Feb
1
Thu
San Jose

Come Fly With Me

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
San Jose International Airport (SJC) was the fastest-growing major airport in the country in 2016, adding new routes, international destinations and greater passenger capacity. The airport and surrounding area are also a showcase for public art from local artists and for innovative thinking about how people experience San Jose, from traffic to immigration. Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour of SJC to find out how it drives economic growth and sets the tone for visitors in San Jose and the...
Feb
1
Thu
San Francisco

What’s Next for South of Market

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
South of Market (SoMa) is one of San Francisco’s most active neighborhoods, featuring a dynamic mix of homes, offices, services, shopping and cultural amenities. It is also a neighborhood in flux, as new plans and strategies are underway to shape its future. But despite near-constant upward growth, it’s still incredibly important to stay grounded, especially when it comes to the neighborhood’s streets, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure. Hear what’s in store for SoMa’s right-of-ways over the next few years. + Jamie...
Feb
1
Thu
Oakland

Better BRT in the East Bay

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is underway in the East Bay! With a route planned from downtown San Leandro to uptown Oakland, BRT will bring light-rail-like efficiency to some of the East Bay’s most fascinating neighborhoods. But construction is only one small step in making this transit line efficient and equitable for all. Come discuss the bigger questions surrounding the BRT project, from concerns over how the system might change existing communities to how it can enable the evolution of new...
Feb
5
Mon
San Jose

Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City

Evening Forum 5:30 p.m.
In Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City , author Derek Hyra offers an in-depth portrait of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in which long-time black residents are joined, and variously displaced, by an influx of young, white professionals. This return to the cities that earlier generations fled is creating what he calls “cappuccino cities”: essentially the same ingredients as a cup of coffee with milk, but more “upscale” and thus more expensive. Join for this conversation with an influential...
Feb
6
Tue
San Francisco

The Future of Urbanist Advocacy in San Francisco

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
What does it mean to be an “urbanist” right now in San Francisco? A number of local advocacy organizations comprised of urbanists are pushing the city to better address planning, transportation and housing needs. Where have they succeeded and what can they do better? Engage with these groups in a conversation that will cover a myriad of topics, including sustainable urbanism, equity, regulation, democracy and public engagement, aesthetics and neighborhood character and, of course, politics. + Laura Clark / YIMBY...
Feb
7
Wed
San Jose

Good Design + Compliant Companies = Amazing Cities

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
How can new businesses enhance the urban environment and strengthen communities? As companies, large and small, seek to add office space on city blocks throughout the Bay Area, guideposts for successful site development are critical. These design standards help to create walkable public realms and seamless integration with adjacent neighborhoods and open spaces while allowing for future changes, whether in ownership or the greater market. Come hear how these guideposts for commercial and office development can help shape a better...
Feb
7
Wed
San Francisco

How Do Fines and Fees Drive Inequality?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The financial and physical health of Bay Area families has long been put at risk because of regressive fines and fees, such as parking tickets or traffic fines, that draw wealth out of low-income communities. When someone can’t afford to pay, the consequences can pile up. San Francisco, however, is the first city in the nation to assess and reform how these fees and fines impact our cities’ most vulnerable residents. Join us for a discussion of how advocates are...
Feb
7
Wed
San Francisco

Water, Water (Not) Everywhere

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Drought in California is inevitable. How ready is the Bay Area for when it happens? And how will we make sure that we have enough water for our region’s projected growth? Join us to learn more about where we look for water supplies, how our cities plan for resilience, the emerging idea of a regional water market and more. Co-presented by the American Planning Association of Northern California (AICP credits available). + Steve Ritchie / San Francisco Public Utilities Commission...
Feb
8
Thu
San Francisco

Addressing Housing and Equity Needs in the Suburbs

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area needs thousands more housing units to meet the needs of those who live here and want to live here, but generations of government policies have also created stark racial segregation, even in the face of a rapidly diversifying region. Whether through planning, education or a lawsuit, how do we address the housing shortage and create more integrated, mixed-income communities throughout the region? Join us for a conversation about the different approaches taken to push for more housing...
Feb
9
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With a Wonk: John Rahaim

Special Program Special Event 9:00 a.m.
Have a burning question about how and why your city works? SPUR’s monthly Coffee With a Wonk series, featuring the region’s finest thinkers and planners, is the best way to get them answered. In this installment, come to the Urban Center’s St. Clare café to talk about the future of cities with John Rahaim, director of the San Francisco Planning Department. + John Rahaim / San Francisco Planning Department + Allison Arieff / SPUR
Feb
14
Wed
San Francisco

How Jobs Help Reduce Homelessness

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Workforce development and employment-based practices have been proven to help end homelessness while complementing “housing first” efforts. Learn how this is being accomplished in San Francisco as we hear about employment-focused successes, challenges and innovations from representatives of the unhoused community, nonprofits, city departments and employers. Generously sponsored by Bank of the West. + Sam Dodge / San Francisco Public Works + Amy Cohen / San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development + Rich Mongarro / Block by Block...
Feb
15
Thu
San Jose

Diversity in Planning: Why It Matters

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The city planning profession has traditionally failed to reflect the diversity of the residents of the places it plans. While enrollment in city planning programs across the country indicates that those patterns are changing, it’s still important to reflect on why diversity in the profession is important and how it impacts our cities. Whose voice is being heard? Where are ideas coming from? Who has the power to plan communities? Come dive into this important topic with us. + Councilmember...
Feb
15
Thu
Oakland

Preventing Wildfire in the Oakland Hills

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area recently experienced a rash of devastating fires. For many, these were a reminder of the deadly 1991 Oakland hills firestorm that destroyed thousands of homes. What did Oakland learn from that event, and what are East Bay cities doing now to prevent and prepare for wildfire? This panel explores strategies on fire prevention and risk mitigation from different perspectives. + John Bliss / SCI Consulting Group + Glen Dahlbacka / Oakland Wildfire District Citizens Advisory Committee + Zac Unger / Local 99
Feb
15
Thu
San Francisco

Understanding Good Food Purchasing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
It’s one thing to say you’re buying good food, but it’s another to actually track how well your ingredients stack up in terms of their impact on the environment, on laborers, on animal welfare and more. Recently, the school districts in both Oakland and San Francisco committed to the Good Food Purchasing Program, which provides a framework and baseline assessments to do just that. These public agencies are pioneering ways to align their values with their procurement dollars. Come learn...
Feb
20
Tue
San Jose

Implementing the State Rail Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In the fall of 2017, California released its State Rail Plan, a strategic vision that provides an innovative framework for our rail network over the next two decades with the intended goal of creating a state-of-the-art rail system by 2040. Join us as we explore the plan to learn more about its vision, how it supports the intermodal connections at Diridon Station and how it might change the future of travel throughout California for the better. Co-presented by the Mineta...
Feb
20
Tue
San Francisco

Reinventing Public Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s public housing developments have long been the victim of neglected maintenance, a lack of supportive services and flaws in design. However, recent innovative steps to revitalize these developments have proven highly successful and offer lessons for architects and designers to learn from as they work on public housing projects around the country. Come examine the design strategies that contribute to safety, social cohesion and family well-being while building and supporting a healthy community. + Lisa Gelfand / Gelfand...
Feb
21
Wed
Oakland

Studying Affordability in Alameda County

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With rents and home prices continuing to spiral upward, there has been no shortage of policy proposals to alleviate the region’s affordability problem. What these too often lack is a way to evaluate and compare each policy alongside each other. A new report does just that and identifies which state and local interventions — increasing accessory dwelling units, loosening parking requirements or streamlining affordable housing, for example — can be most effective in making real strides toward affordability. + Jeff...
Feb
22
Thu
San Francisco

Whatever Floats Our Boats

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The San Francisco Bay has been served by ferries of all types for over 150 years. Although the completion of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge adversely impacted ferry travel in the latter half of the 20th century, extreme congestion heading to and from San Francisco in recent years has led to a resurgence in water-based transit. Hear about the current state of ferries in our bay, what’s on the horizon and the ideas that are afloat for the...
Feb
22
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Angela Tsay

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 Angela Tsay, CEO and creative director of the Oakland retail mainstay Oaklandish. Come learn about her career path, what it takes to make a retail brand thrive in our online-focused economic environment, her thoughts on the future of downtown Oakland and much more. + Angela Tsay / Oaklandish + Noah Christman / SPUR
Feb
27
Tue
San Jose

Keeping SoFA SoFA

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Jose’s South of First Area (SoFA) is one of the city’s liveliest arts, culture and entertainment districts, though its rapid growth has many concerned about the loss of the neighborhood’s unique character and affordable spaces. San Jose is not alone in this problem, and urban arts districts from around the country can serve as wonderful studies for what the neighborhood can and should do next. Join us to talk about strategies and best practices for arts and culture cultivation...
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