June 2018

Jun
21
Thu
Oakland

What Is Happening in East Oakland?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Once the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis, East Oakland is now starting to add new homes (including affordable housing) and to construct a bus rapid transit line. How is East Oakland changing, and what are community groups doing to help support the people living in the neighborhood now? + Chris Iglesias / The Unity Council + Regina Jackson / East Oakland Youth Development Center + Michael Hursh / AC Transit’s GM
Jun
21
Thu
San Jose

Transit + Design: San Jose

Special Program
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
With planning for Diridon Station so present, SPUR’s annual Transit + Design Workshops, hosted by Greenfield Labs , are coming down in San Jose to provide a space to learn about the research and design tools that help create a great experience for transit users. Come interact with talented designers around this year’s theme — “Mind the Gaps” — and celebrate transit design successes happening around the region…and around the world. Generously sponsored by TransitCenter. 2–5 p.m.: Transit + Design...
Jun
21
Thu
San Francisco

Is San Francisco Truly Inclusive?

Tour 4:00 p.m.
San Francisco has long been a city that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, and it served as a beacon when the independent living movement for individuals with disabilities was established in the Bay Area in the late 1960s. But more than half a century later, how inclusive has it really become? Take an informed tour of locations across the inclusivity range and learn what it takes to live in the city with a disability. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente...
Jun
21
Thu
Oakland

A Match Made in Beer Heaven

Tour 5:30 p.m.
Earlier this year, a World War II–era building on the former Alameda naval air station was transformed from a wartime relic into a destination for beer. The massive building is now home to Admiral Maltings and Almanac Brewing, which combined boast a 20,000-square-foot malting floor, two taprooms, 4,000 oak barrels for aging and much more. Join us as we raise a glass at each location and get a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Damian...
Jun
26
Tue
San Francisco

Drinks and Discourse: Tiffany Apczynski

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 Tiffany Apczynski, vice president of public policy and social impact at Zendesk. Hear how she led Zendesk’s community investment in the Mid-Market neighborhood, what it took to create the city’s first Community Benefits Agreement, what good social responsibility looks like and more. + Noah Christman / SPUR + Tiffany Apczynski /...
Jun
27
Wed
Oakland

Embracing TOD at Bayfair

Tour 3:30 p.m.
San Leandro’s Bayfair area presents a unique opportunity to create a transit-oriented mixed-use urban village that will be a model for sustainable development, embracing new technology and innovation. Come tour the area and hear about its future, then join us afterward for a reception. Co-presented by San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. + Thomas Liao / San Leandro Community Development Department
Jun
28
Thu
San Francisco

2018 SPUR Member Party | San Francisco

SPUR Member Party
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual San Francisco Member Party! This house and street party will feature DJs, dancing, several bars and delicious small plates from local vendors.​  

July 2018

Jul
10
Tue
San Francisco

Future Housing Now

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Building construction is undergoing a revolution thanks to multiple converging technologies, from generative design to robotics to next-generation modular construction. What is now possible can and will influence the decisions of planners, builders and home buyers across the country. Discover the surprising work already underway and hear about the challenges that still remain. + Aaron Holm / Blokable + Tim Wagner / Accenture + Michael Yarne / Social Construct + Anna Chen-iun-tai / Apis Cor
Jul
10
Tue
San Jose

How Can We Finance More Affordable Housing?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
If building affordable housing were easy, everyone would be doing it. Those that seek to develop affordable, multi-unit buildings face a number of unique hurdles, including the critical challenge of funding. Come learn how affordable housing gets funded now and explore the opportunities and barriers to building this vital resource. + Ari Beliak / Bank of America + Julie Quinn / Housing Trust Silicon Valley + Brad Wiblin / BRIDGE Housing
Jul
10
Tue
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: John Aitken

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 John Aitken, director of aviation for the San Jose International Airport. Come learn about the airport’s recent growth, its economic impact on the city and its new expansion, which will help it better serve the needs of Silicon Valley. + John Aitken / Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport +...
Jul
11
Wed
San Francisco

An Economic Profile of Our Evolving Megaregion

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area’s economy stretches far beyond the boundaries of the traditional Bay Area. For decades, Bay Area residents have moved inland in search of more affordable housing. Industries such as warehousing, distribution and manufacturing have followed, seeking lower-cost environments. With the Bay Area in the midst of one of its greatest long-term economic booms, how is this new normal reshaping the economic geography of Northern California? + Micah Weinberg / Bay Area Council + Jeff Bellisario / Bay Area Council
Jul
11
Wed
San Jose

The Future of Agriculture in Santa Clara County

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority recently published the Valley Agricultural Plan , which proposes conserving the county’s agricultural land as an innovative strategy to mitigate climate change and boost economic development. Join stakeholders and advocates to discuss the plan’s impacts on the county, as well as its role in helping California reach its climate goals. + Rob Eastwood / County of Santa Clara Planning Department + Julie Hutcheson / Santa Clara County Food System Alliance + Andrea Mackenzie...
Jul
11
Wed
Oakland

Understanding Oakland’s Vacant Parcels

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Oakland’s roughly 4,000 vacant parcels contribute to blight and fail to help the city combat its housing crisis. Where are these parcels located, why are they being held off the market and what should the city do about them? Hear from the authors of a recent study that sheds light on these questions, and join a policy discussion about creating a vacant parcel tax in the city. + David Garcia / Terner Center for Housing Innovation + Hayley Raetz /...
Jul
12
Thu
San Francisco

The High Cost of Free Driving

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
We’ve dramatically reduced the plastic bag waste throughout the state simply by charging for bags at grocery stores. Can we address the Bay Area’s grinding traffic and other transportation ills by similar means? Could various pricing policies improve our transportation system, and is doing so even feasible at the local and state levels today or in the future? Come learn about the state’s pilot to roll out a vehicle-miles-traveled fee and what San Francisco’s dynamic parking prices mean for the...
Jul
17
Tue
Oakland

Everyone Counts: What the 2020 Census Means

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Come learn about the future of the U.S. Census with a discussion and reception co-hosted by New America CA. Every 10 years, the federal government attempts to count every person in the country as part of its census, setting the foundation for political representation, social services and research over the next decade. However, the expected inclusion of a citizenship status question and the move to a new online portal have raised concerns that the data collected in the 2020 census...
Jul
18
Wed
San Jose

Planning for Vehicles of the Future

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Autonomous vehicles have been the focus of experiments for nearly a century, but with innovation finally catching up to high aspirations what were once deemed the “vehicles of tomorrow” are beginning to quickly look like the vehicles of today. Come hear the findings of a new report by the regional agency Bay Area Metro, which analyzes the impacts of these vehicles on the region and proposes what jurisdictions should be doing to plan ahead. + Adam Noelting / Bay Area Metro
Jul
24
Tue
San Jose

What Is the Future of Work?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As technology and automation continue to transform how industries work today, workers are asking what work will look like in the future. Indeed, the workplace landscape of 2050 may be vastly different than what we’re familiar with. How can we plan for the changes to come and equip the next generation with the skills necessary to equitably thrive in the future workplace? + Luther Jackson / NOVA + Jill North / City of San Jose + Egon Terplan / SPUR
Jul
25
Wed
Oakland

Fruitvale: Economically Successful, Socially Equitable

Tour 1:30 p.m.
Oakland’s Fruitvale Village is a symbol of what community perseverance can do: bring a complicated transit-oriented project to life. Come tour the project and hear how it came to fruition, despite complex agreements and legalities, and then join us for a reception afterward. Co-presented by San Leandro Chamber of Commerce. + Chris Iglesias / The Unity Council
Jul
25
Wed
San Francisco

Transit + Design Workshops

Special Program 1:30 p.m.
SPUR’s annual Transit + Design Workshops provide a space to learn about the research and design tools that help create a great experience for transit users. Come interact with talented designers around this year’s theme — “Mind the Gaps” — and celebrate transit design successes happening around the region and around the world. Generously sponsored by TransitCenter.
Jul
25
Wed
San Francisco

Transit + Design: Mind the Gaps

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Everybody wants to make transit better, but what does it take to actually do so? What do best practices look like? Join us for an evening of rapid-fire presentations as we hear from the individuals who are diving deep into these questions and helping to resolve some of your biggest Bay Area transit mysteries. Generously sponsored by TransitCenter.
Jul
26
Thu
San Francisco

The Bay Area’s Gig Economy

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
An increasing number of workers are self-employed, many as gig workers who use an online platform to perform specific services. What does gig work look like in the Bay Area, and who is working in these jobs? What policy ideas (like portable benefits) could improve their working conditions? Join an all-star panel as academics, practitioners and employers discuss the current and future state of this work in the region. Co-presented by the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative. + Vikrum...
Jul
26
Thu
San Francisco

Should There Be a Job Guarantee?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Despite overall low unemployment, many people lack secure jobs, and inequality in wages and assets remains a national challenge. What are some key responses to the issues of income inequality? Should there be a job guarantee? What kinds of assets should be made available to anyone to provide for greater security in life? Hear from a leading thinker who is shaping the national debate on these issues. + Darrick Hamilton / The New School + Fred Blackwell / San Francisco Foundation
Jul
27
Fri
San Francisco

Planning for the Housing That California Needs

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Each city in California is required to plan and zone for a certain amount of housing (their Regional Housing Needs Allocation, or RHNA), but for many years there was little to no way to incentivize meaningful compliance. Now that SB 35 has created consequences for cities that fail to build their allocation, it’s important for the state and its regions to reform how these targets are determined, and this year’s SB 828 is one significant step forward in this effort...
Jul
31
Tue
San Francisco

Climate Change Impacts on Delta Metropolises

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Climate change will affect cities everywhere, but no places will feel the effects as strongly as low-lying coastal cities, particularly those located in large river deltas and near tidal estuaries. The new book Adaptations of the Metropolitan Landscape in Delta Regions explores the urban form of three of these places: Southern China, the Netherlands and the San Francisco Bay Area. While all three regions differ greatly, each will be forced to adapt to climate change in ways that will greatly...
Jul
31
Tue
Oakland

What is Public Transit’s Business Model?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With products, customers and sources of revenue, public transit is a business. But low farebox recovery ratios, subsidized operation and other quirks make it a business quite different from the norm. In an era where public transit is under pressure to evolve, come learn about how the business of public transit works today — and how it might improve in the future. + Travis Fox / SFMTA + Ron Downing / Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District + Justin Lokitz / Business Models, Inc.

August 2018

Aug
1
Wed
Oakland

Oakland’s Swift and Effective Safety Improvements

Tour 12:30 p.m.
The city has recently implemented a series of safety improvements around the Lake Merritt BART Station. Come tour the mini-projects to hear how each came about, the details behind the design decisions and partnerships that made them quick successes in achieving Oakland’s safety and accessibility goals. Generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. + Nicole Ferrara / Oakland Department of Transportation + Teresa Peterson / Oakland Department of Transportation
Aug
1
Wed
San Francisco

Strategies for San Francisco’s Housing Future

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s planning department is currently analyzing changes in the city’s housing stock over time, trends and factors affecting housing affordability, stages of neighborhood gentrification and displacement, and policies related to community stabilization. This comprehensive understanding will inform the development and refinement of strategies to enable San Francisco to continue to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive city into the future. Join us to hear more about their findings. + Kimia Haddadan / San Francisco Planning Department + Andrea Nelson...
Aug
2
Thu
San Francisco

Getting Local Land Use Approvals Right

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Earlier this year, Berkeley Law released a paper analyzing the approval and permitting processes of five Bay Area cities. The results showed processes that vary widely, making development more difficult and uncertain than it needs to be. Though statewide reforms have gotten attention, local implementation can vary so widely that it can be difficult to predict on-the-ground results. Join us to understand more about the paper’s findings and what comes next. + Eric Biber / Berkeley Law + Lisa Gibson...
Aug
2
Thu
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: Catherine Bracy

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 Catherine Bracy, co-founder and executive director at TechEquity Collaborative, a group that advocates for a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone. Come learn about her career path, the jobs of tomorrow and how tech can create opportunity. + Noah Christman / SPUR + Catherine Bracy / TechEquity Collaborative
Aug
7
Tue
San Francisco

Regional Strategies to Tackle Inequality

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
California has both remarkably prosperous and struggling regions. How do we factor these regional differences into policies to tackle extreme inequality? How might the minimum wage, earned income tax credit and asset-building strategies work together to ensure that everyone in the Northern California megaregion can achieve a truly decent standard of living? + Mark Gomez / Leap Forward Project + Anne Price / Insight Center for Community Economic Development
If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to publicprograms@spur.org or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.

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