San Francisco

The Heart of the City

Lunchtime Forum

Photo by Kayle Kaupanger

We're improving the SPUR event registration process.
Later this month, we will launch a new ticketing system. We ask that you register for each event you're planning to attend through the link in the Admission section below. This will help us keep you informed of any changes and better tailor our schedules and offerings.


If cities are to be home to healthy downtowns, it is imperative to understand why some succeed, others are resurging after temporary contractions and still others have been continually declining for decades. The new book The Heart of the City diagnoses why places like Houston continue to thrive while Detroit and St. Louis stumble and offers a plan for housing, business and attractions that improves mobility and services. Come hear the steps necessary to improve our cities’ crucial urban cores. Co-presented by Island Press.

+ Alexander Garvin / author


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.

Auxiliary Services

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 [email protected] 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.