San José

The Help-Yourself City

Lunchtime Forum

Photo by SPUR Urbanists.

The new book The Help-Yourself City examines how communities around the country have taken urban planning into their own hands. Guerrilla bike lanes, ad hoc street furniture and pop-up parklets are highlights of the growing trend to remake cities to better suit their residents’ needs when local governments aren’t taking action. Join the author for a fascinating discussion about people’s relationships to their urban surroundings and the individualization of democratic responsibility.

+ Gordon Douglas / author; San Jose State University
+ Jason Su / San Jose Downtown Association


Free for SPUR members.
$10 for non-members.

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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