San Francisco

The Future of Civic-Led Planning

6:00 p.m. | Monday, October 8, 2012

Is the public sector model of long-range planning irreparably broken? Join the SPUR Urban Leaders Forum were in for a discussion about the future of regional planning with Tom Wright, the Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association (RPA). The RPA is the nation’s oldest and most influential private regional planning organization. 

A visiting lecturer in public policy at Princeton University, Wright argues that independent civic groups can be more effective than public institutions in addressing long-term critical planning problems.  Wright will bring to bear case studies, including the RPA’s own groundbreaking First Plan in 1929 and their Third Regional Plan that he directed in 1996. He will share why he thinks independent organizations, such as SPUR and the RPA, can cross physical boundaries, exist outside of political timelines and reach across stovepipes to eschew the fatal flaws of the public sector and consistently craft models of superb regional planning.

The Urban Leaders Forum is for those individuals who provide core support for the work that SPUR does. Those who have made life estate gifts and significant donations to the SPUR Campaign for the Urban Center and SPUR Benefactors are also invited to join the Urban Leaders Forum.



765 Market Street, #26G
San Francisco, CA 94103


By Invitation Only.

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