A New Tool for Achieving Coexistence in Public Space

Lunchtime Forum

If public spaces are to be open and accessible for all people, what should coexistence look like in these environments? How can we begin to determine what behaviors are considered appropriate in public space and then uphold them as a social contract? In 2019, SPUR launched a long-term planning and research initiative for San Jose’s Guadalupe River Park. To support this work, we partnered with Gehl to develop a dialogue and engagement toolkit that helps facilitate productive, empathetic conversations and inform design and policy decisions to address homelessness in public spaces. While the tool was created to address a specific local challenge, it was also designed for universal applicability. Come learn how this tool can help foster a greater level of understanding and agreement for achieving coexistence in public space anywhere.

+ Anna Muessig / Gehl
+ Eamon O'Connor / Gehl
+ Michelle Huttenhoff / SPUR


This program is generously sponsored by:




SPUR Digital Discourse
Registrants will receive a link to this Digital Discourse a day in advance of the program. Later registrants will receive a link one hour prior to the program's start. Anyone registering less than an hour before the program may not receive a link.


Free for SPUR members.
$10 for non-members.
(Limit 50)

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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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