San José

Making Public Life a Priority

6:30 p.m. | Thursday, September 12, 2019

Few cities are investing in public life like San Jose. From Viva Parks to Viva CalleSJ and MOMENT to sidewalk cafes, the city has become a quintessential and successful example of the “build it and they will come” mentality of public space activation. But providing unique opportunities for engagement isn’t as effortless as it looks. Hear what it takes to make these projects a reality, from writing the initial supporting policies through their design, construction and management and learn why San Jose is making public life a top priority.

+ Michelle Huttenhoff / SPUR
+ Ryan Sebastian / Public Space Authority
+ Mayra Madriz / Gehl
+ Nicolle Burnham / San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
+ Ed Solis / San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services

5:30 p.m.: Network with other urbanists while enjoying food and drinks from local businesses 
6:30 p.m.: The conversation begins, followed by an audience Q&A
8:30 p.m.: Lights off and doors close — see you at the next one

This program is part of a series of SPUR-presented talks held at Backyard SJ, a new temporary public space created by The We Company in downtown San Jose. To learn more about the programs in the series, please visit their event pages:


Backyard SJ
25 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408.638.0083


Free. Visit to download the Backyard app and RSVP.


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Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

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