October 2017

Oct
17
Tue
San Jose

Room for More

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
SPUR’s newly released housing agenda for San Jose, Room for More , details 20 concrete, achievable steps that the City of San Jose can take to create more housing of both the market-rate and affordable varieties. Join the authors for a conversation about the recommendations. + Sarah Karlinsky / SPUR + Kristy Wang / SPUR
Oct
18
Wed
San Francisco

Activating Our Alleys

Walking Tour 12:00 p.m.
Working with local community partners and cultural institutions, Sites Unseen brings dynamic arts programming to seven underused alleys in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood in the form of permanent and temporary artworks, performances, screenings and more. Join us for a tour of this fascinating, complex undertaking where multiple works foster social interaction and community pride. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Jessica Shaefer / Sites Unseen
Oct
19
Thu
San Francisco

Moscone: Bigger and Better

Walking Tour 12:30 p.m.
Tourism is one of the largest contributors to the San Francisco economy, and Moscone Center sits at the core of it. A new expansion to the city’s largest convention center, currently under construction, will add more than 2 million square feet of building area that will keep the facility in demand for years to come. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of this bigger and better building. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Lynn Farzaroli / San Francisco Travel +...
Oct
24
Tue
San Jose

A Green Infrastructure Vision for Coyote Valley

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Conservation planners, water resource managers and climate resiliency experts are partnering to implement a new vision to protect and restore Coyote Valley’s wetlands, floodplains, groundwater recharge areas and wildlife corridors. Come learn how nature-based solutions can contribute to the region’s environmental sustainability and resiliency. + Robin Grossinger / San Francisco Estuary Institute + Andrea Mackenzie / Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority + Brian Mendenhall / Santa Clara Valley Water District
Oct
24
Tue
San Francisco

A History of Bay Area Regionalism

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Regionalism in the Bay Area has long been dominated by a struggle between the proponents of home rule and those pushing for metropolitan-level governance. What key ideas have shaped this history? Join us to learn about the current state of regionalism and regional thinking in the Bay Area. + Louise Dyble / Winston & Strawn, LLP
Oct
24
Tue
Oakland

Supporting Our Schools

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Great schools need to be supported to enable success. What form should that support come in, and how can it help Oakland schools to thrive? What models exist elsewhere that we can learn from? Generously sponsored by the Rogers Family Foundation.
Oct
25
Wed
Oakland

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. A new study calculated that the Bay Area’s affordable housing funding gap is estimated, conservatively, to be $1.45 billion a year. That may seem daunting, but it’s not unachievable, and could be closed by major measures set forth and approved by voters or state officials. Join us to learn about what could be done to grow the necessary funding for affordable...
Oct
25
Wed
San Francisco

Citymakers and Practical Urbanism

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
How is a city made? The new book, Citymakers: The Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism , argues that it’s not just the top-down planners, architects and elected officials and bottom-up community groups that shape our cities, but the large and unheralded group in between. Join us as we expand the definition of urban practice with practitioners and commentators of this new idea of citymaking that link these trends in practice to the global challenges we're facing. + Cassim Shepard...
Oct
26
Thu
San Francisco

Building Better Cities With Nature

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Can people have meaningful encounters with nature in a densely developed city and what are the measurable benefits? The Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design argues nature in our cities serves far more than just infrastructural and aesthetic purposes. Hear from one of the world’s foremost designers of sustainable communities and learn how planners and architects can, and should, place nature at the core of their planning and design ideas. + Tim Beatley / University of Virginia

November 2017

Nov
1
Wed
San Jose

An Opportunity to Work

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Low-wage workers do their part to make Silicon Valley the most prosperous region in the world, yet they struggle every day to feed their families, pay their rent and take care of themselves and their children when they are sick. Silicon Valley Rising, a campaign co-led by Working Partnerships USA, is tackling these issues head-on. Come learn about their approach, including the Opportunity to Work initiative now active in San Jose. + Derecka Mehrens / Working Partnerships USA
Nov
1
Wed
San Francisco

Protecting Nonprofits and Small Businesses From Displacement

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Rising rents and high demand aren't just affecting Bay Area residents, they're also having an impact on nonprofits and minority-owned, mom-and-pop businesses. Join us for a conversation with some of the leading voices who are fighting the displacement of these groups and small businesses that have become vital anchors in our communities. + Leiasa Beckham / Common Ground Urban Development + Sushil Jacob / Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights + Joanne Lee / Northern California Community Loan Fund
Nov
2
Thu
San Jose

Silicon Valley and the New Mobility

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Car companies have come a long way since helping to innovate the assembly line. From pioneering shared vehicles and bikes (or mobility as a service) to advancing electric and autonomous vehicle technology, car companies in Silicon Valley are helping to transform mobility as we know it. Hear about the broad changes that are sweeping transportation, as well as the radical projects that Ford and BMW are now spearheading. + Sven Beiker / Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC; Stanford Graduate School of...
Nov
2
Thu
San Francisco

Spirited History: The Hotel Utah and SoMa

Walking Tour 6:00 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. San Francisco Chronicle reporter J.K. Dineen has brought many of these stories to life in his book High Spirits: Legacy Bars of San Francisco . Come grab a pint and learn about the besotted history of the Hotel Utah — one of the oldest bars in...
Nov
7
Tue
Oakland

New Ways to Get Around the East Bay

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Shared mobility is on the rise in Oakland, and the city now boasts both one-way car- and bike-share. With these changes comes a host of questions about how we manage our streets and how we can best ensure that new mobility options serve all residents. Hear a panel of experts discuss Oakland’s new role as the centerpiece of shared mobility in the Bay Area. + Danielle Dai / City of Oakland + Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz / Ford GoBike + Dermot Hikisch...
Nov
8
Wed
Oakland

A Vision Plan for the Capitol Corridor

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What would it take for rail service to connect Sacramento and Oakland in an hour and Oakland to San Jose in 30 minutes? The recently released Capitol Corridor Vision Plan lays out the framework for an electrified modern railroad, built to international standards, and capable of reaching up to 150 miles per hour. Come learn how the plan will shape the future of travel across Northern California. + James Allison / Capitol Corridor
Nov
9
Thu
San Jose

San Jose's Sustainability Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2007, San Jose released a Green Vision meant to promote a broad range of sustainable objectives. A decade later, the city is developing a new Environmental Sustainability Plan building upon that vision that will establish San Jose as a global pioneer in reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to energy, transportation and water. Come learn how far the city has come in its sustainable practices and what is next. + Ashwini Kantak / San Jose Environmental Services Department + Clinton...
Nov
9
Thu
San Francisco

The Future of the Curb

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
With the rise of ride hailing, micro-transit and private shuttles — and eventually autonomous vehicles — the curb is growing in relevance and becoming a highly desirable piece of the right of way. How can the curb works for multiple users while simultaneously achieving efficiency and safety? Come explore the future of the curb with us. + Gillian Gillett / San Francisco Office of the Mayor + Sarah Jones / SFMTA + Simon Bertrang / San Francisco Department of Public Works + Debs Schrimmer / Lyft + Chris Adams / Veritable Vegetable
Nov
9
Thu
Oakland

Training Great Teachers in Oakland

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Great teachers are the foundation of great schools, but attracting, training and retaining them can be difficult. What needs to be done to ensure that we’re able to draw quality teachers to Oakland while simultaneously inspiring existing teachers to excel in their classrooms? Generously sponsored by the Rogers Family Foundation.
Nov
13
Mon
San Francisco

SF Urban Film Fest

Film Screening
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join us for the fourth annual SF Urban Film Fest, a weeklong festival of planning and urban design as portrayed on video. For schedules, tickets and more information, please visit sfurbanfilmfest.com/2017
Nov
14
Tue
Oakland

NEW DATE: Modular Construction in Action

Walking Tour 10:00 a.m.
This tour was originally scheduled for October 4 . Modular (or off-site) construction has captured the interest of many — developers, investors and residents alike — who are in search of a more effective, and potentially inexpensive, way to build housing. Join us as we tour housing modules being set in place on-site at a new project in San Leandro and then walk through a completed modular housing development. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Chris Schmidt / Guerdon Modular Buildings + Jamie Hiteshew / BRIDGE Housing
Nov
14
Tue
San Francisco

What's With the Bay Area Economy?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
How does the Bay Area's economy compare with other tech centers? Why are housing costs so high and which industries are most affected by those costs? And, perhaps toughest to answer, when and how will our economic boom end? Get a perspective on the state of the economy in both San Francisco and the Bay Area with San Francisco's chief economist. + Ted Egan / San Francisco Office of the Controller
Nov
14
Tue
Oakland

What It Takes to Move a City

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
We’re able to successfully move in, around and between our cities because of the work of transportation agencies, but we only see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their work. What does it take to make our streets thriving places for biking, walking and transit? Come hear from the heads of the transportation departments of Oakland and Los Angeles as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of being at the helm of two of our country’s most...
Nov
15
Wed
San Jose

On the Table With SPUR and SV@Home

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
“On the Table” is a day of conversations designed to strengthen and connect our communities around the nation. In the South Bay, On the Table Silicon Valley is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and will bring together thousands of residents over a meal to talk about our region's housing crisis and what we can do to solve it. Bring your lunch — we'll provide beverages and dessert — and join SPUR and SV@Home in conversation as we work...
Nov
17
Fri
San Francisco

Coffee With a Wonk: Kristy Wang

Special Program 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. Come to the Urban Center’s St. Clare café in November as we talk with SPUR’s community planning policy director about neighborhood planning and housing. + Allison Arieff / SPUR + Kristy Wang / SPUR
Nov
28
Tue
Oakland

City Trivia Night XIII

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
City Trivia Night returns to 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.
Nov
29
Wed
San Francisco

2017 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon

Silver SPUR Luncheon 10:30 a.m.
The Silver SPUR Award is the most prominent award for lifetime civic achievement in San Francisco. Please join us for this special celebration!
Nov
30
Thu
San Francisco

A Perfect Fit: Multifamily In-Law Units

Walking Tour 3:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s in-law unit legislation over the last three years has created an opportunity for hundreds of new apartments to be carved out of unused or underutilized spaces. Suburban cities have been creating detached in-law units for decades, but San Francisco is among the first cities to convert apartment buildings' underutilized garages, laundry rooms and common areas into new homes. Join us for a tour of one of these first conversions and learn what’s next. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente...
Nov
30
Thu
San Francisco

Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
What do Alexander the Great, Cardinal Richelieu and Napoleon III have in common? Besides wielding immense political power and ensuring their own legacies in history, all three played key roles in real estate development. The new book Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, Entrepreneurs examines the contributions of these leaders, and other unlikely candidates, to how cities are shaped. Join us for a discussion about the motives and visions behind the rich history of real estate development. + Herb Auerbach / author +...

March 2018

Mar
21
Wed
San Francisco

2018 Good Government Awards

Good Government Awards 5:30 p.m.
For the past 38 years, the Good Government Awards have recognized outstanding performances by managers working for the City and County of San Francisco.  A project of SPUR, these awards represent a unique opportunity to acknowledge San Francisco’s top managers for their leadership, vision and ability to make a difference both within city government and the community at large. Award winners will be recognized at the Good Government Awards in March 2018. We hope you will join us!
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