January 2019

Jan
22
Tue
San Jose

Caltrain’s 2040 Vision

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Caltrain’s vision for the Peninsula corridor in 2040 includes electrified train service, greater integration with other transit operators, and additional trains, among other improvements. To bring this to fruition, the agency is developing a visionary business plan to be implemented in 2020. Come learn about the plan from the transportation and policy experts at the forefront of the effort and hear how Caltrain’s will accomplish its goals over the coming decades. + Casey Fromson / Caltrain + Sebastian Petty / Caltrain
Jan
22
Tue
San Francisco

The Future of Food Rescue

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Food waste — food that generally exits the supply chain through being discarded or uneaten — is estimated to account for an astounding 30 to 40 percent of the food supply across the United States. The garbage generated is only one part of the problem; food waste also has real economic and food access ramifications. What are we doing in the Bay Area to combat this issue and how have our tactics changed over time? Hear how local nonprofits and businesses are changing the face of food rescue.
Jan
22
Tue
San Francisco

Drinks and Discourse: LinkedIn’s Katie Ferrick

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s inspiring Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Katie Ferrick, the director of community affairs for LinkedIn. Her work bridges the gap between public policy and social impact to help communities function better. Come hear about her fascinating career path, how her time working for the U.S. House of Representatives influenced her views on community and how LinkedIn quietly...
Jan
23
Wed
San Jose

Cultural Institutions as Drivers of Urbanism

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Jose is home to a myriad of anchor arts and cultural institutions, many with long histories of working outside of their traditional venues. Today, as public spaces become more programmed, the line between the private and public activation of those spaces blurs. Come explore how local institutions are integrating their work into the greater urban fabric and helping to shape the future of downtown. + Aaron Nicholson / Opera San Jose + Tim Ritchie / Tech Museum of Innovation...
Jan
24
Thu
San Francisco

​​​​​​​How the State Is Changing Local Housing Decisions

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2017, the California state legislature passed SB 35, providing a path for streamlining housing approvals in cities that have not met their housing targets. That bill, along with the threat of greater state legislation, is proving to be a catalytic lever in the local approvals process, especially at key Bay Area sites like Cupertino’s Vallco Town Center and the Brisbane Baylands. Hear about how this tool is being used from several stakeholders who are pushing housing development forward. +...
Jan
24
Thu
San Francisco

A Changing Mid-Market

Tour 2:30 p.m.
Changes and big moves have long been anticipated along Mid-Market and in the Tenderloin. A handful of projects have now been completed, and still more major developments are underway. Take a peek at some of these transformational investments as we tour the neighborhood and learn about what they mean for the public realm. + Simon Bertrang / Tenderloin Community Benefit District + Mario Bevilacqua / San Francisco Proper Hotel + Leigh Chang / Group i + Adam Franch / Group...
Jan
29
Tue
Oakland

Scooters in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Electric scooters began dotting Oakland’s streets late in 2018 and soon thereafter became a popular way to zip around the city — as well as a challenge for the city’s department of transportation. But the agency swiftly reacted by implementing new plans and policies and is now conducting extensive outreach to enable this new mobility option to fit seamlessly into our urban landscape. Come learn about the current status of e-scooter legislation in Oakland and how it compares to that...
Jan
29
Tue
Oakland

Mayor Schaaf’s Next Four Years

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Taking a firm stand on topics like immigration, homelessness, racial equity and gentrification, incumbent Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf easily won her bid for a second term in the city’s top office. Her tenure has already reverberated to the White House with a challenge to Donald Trump on immigration enforcement, and she recently launched new programs to combat homelessness. Join us as we sit down to hear what the mayor has in store for her next four years. + Mayor Libby...
Jan
30
Wed
San Jose

Downtown San Jose's Growing Commercial Draw

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Downtown San Jose has become the South Bay’s urban center, with numerous new residential and retail projects drawn to the neighborhood’s walkability, transit and urban amenities. But commercial interest has been slow to develop — until now. With Google recently announcing a major play at Diridon Station and office space in short supply, learn how downtown is coming into its own as an urban job center. + Gary Dillabough / Navitas Capital + Nanci Klein / City of San Jose...
Jan
31
Thu
Oakland

Industrial-Scale Recycling, Up Close

Tour 3:00 p.m.
When you put boxes and papers into a recycling bin, where do they end up? Each day, countless tons are delivered to a facility on the Oakland waterfront — imagine your home recycling blue bin but on an industrial scale. Come get an up-close look at how the pioneering facility receives shipments from across California, then sorts, packages and sends the recyclable materials to factories near and far to be transformed into a new industrial feedstock. + Avi Pogel / Green Planet 21

February 2019

Feb
4
Mon
San Francisco

Affordable Housing: Case Studies From the U.K. to the Bay

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Efforts to make housing affordable across Europe and the United States have taken on numerous forms over the last century. The practices, programs and policies that shape these projects have undergone significant changes in order to both adapt to shifting complexities and better serve their residents. An effort is now being undertaken in London to compile the best practices in affordable housing projects worldwide. Come explore what they’ve discovered, and learn about exemplary case studies in affordable housing development, locally...
Feb
5
Tue
San Jose

Making Affordable Housing Truly Affordable

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
It is no surprise that so-called affordable housing units in the Bay Area are far from actually affordable, primarily due to the exorbitant costs associated with building them. In our current housing shortage, these escalating costs are at odds with our need to produce homes quickly. What stands in the way of truly affordable construction? Is it possible to escape these continually escalating costs through changes in policy, innovative construction materials or new architectural forms? Hear from architects and developers...
Feb
5
Tue
San Francisco

Upholding Democracy in a New Digital Era

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Cities across the world often deploy new technology in public places, collecting data that might enable energy savings, traffic reduction or a more efficient delivery of services. Questions about privacy stand out, however, when this data is gathered from residents, especially in an era of artificial intelligence and facial recognition. Who owns this data, and are there new democratic norms that should be put in place to ensure that “smart cities” do not end up discriminating against people? Learn about...
Feb
5
Tue
San Francisco

Going Dutch: Lessons on Mobility

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Ranstad, a region comprised of the four largest cities in the Netherlands, is similar to the Bay Area in terms of its size, population and commuter activity. However, while our region struggles to keep its aging transportation system in motion, the Ranstad delivers a world-renowned integrated mobility network. Discover how the regions compare and what lessons the Bay Area can learn from the Dutch approach to sustainable regional transportation. + Bas Govers / Goudappel Coffeng + Lucas van der...
Feb
6
Wed
San Francisco

An Expressly Great Use of Buses

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Is it possible to convert parts of our highway system into a transit network? What would that entail? In many places around the world, the implementation of express buses creates a cost-effective and efficient way to move people across a region. Come hear why this mode is not commonly used in the Bay Area and what we can learn from the cities that utilize express buses to efficiently serve their transit riders. + Linda Morris / AC Transit + Millie...
Feb
6
Wed
San Jose

The Region’s New Growth Strategies

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
For the past decade, the Bay Area has used a bottom-up strategy to encourage jurisdictions to plan for jobs and housing around transit. As the region’s planning agency prepares an update of its regional growth framework — Plan Bay Area 2050 — is this locally driven approach still appropriate? Join us to learn about the successes and shortcomings of different approaches to spatial planning on a regional level, and hear the latest thinking on where to put housing and jobs,...
Feb
7
Thu
San Francisco

CASA Means Homes

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2018, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission convened a group of Bay Area housing experts and stakeholders to discuss housing solutions for the region. The result, the CASA Compact, is a package of policies being moved forward in 2019 with the goal of increasing housing production, preserving existing affordable housing and protecting vulnerable populations from displacement. Come learn more about the compact and what it might mean for San Francisco. Generously sponsored by Bank of the West. + Scott Littlehale /...
Feb
7
Thu
San Jose

Defining San Jose’s Food Identity

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What determines a city’s food identity? Is it what that city is best known for, like New York City and pizza or Philadelphia and cheesesteak? Or is it something richer and more complex, influenced by an amalgam of ethnicities and experiences? San Jose's food scene is multi-cultural and dispersed over a large region, but how does it all contribute to a unified food identify. Is there one? Hear from local food enthusiasts who are actively working to create a vibrant...
Feb
7
Thu
San Francisco

Data Hits the Pavement

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Data can be used to create more than just pretty maps. By offering insights into how we shape our cities and the mobility ecosystem, data gathering enables us to keep up with the new ways that people and goods move through our urban environments. Join data scientists and policy experts for a conversation on all things data, including how both qualitative and quantitative data can be effective for planning and policy purposes. + Rodrigo Davies / Strava + Shalin Mantri...
Feb
10
Sun
San Francisco

Storytelling Basics for Climate Resiliency

Special Program 1:00 p.m.
Explore how storytelling can improve communication around planning projects that are addressing the challenges of global climate change. By analyzing sample videos created to promote awareness and engagement, participants will learn how to tell impactful stories that effectively communicate the issues of density, sustainability and community resiliency as they relate to the increasing pressures of a changing climate. Co-presented by the SF Urban Film Fest and generously sponsored by the Seed Fund. + Keith Battle / Bay Area Video Coalition...
Feb
10
Sun
San Francisco

Storytelling Case Study: A Treasure Island Autonomous Shuttle

Special Program 3:00 p.m.
Join us for the second of two interactive storytelling workshops in conjunction with the SF Urban Film Fest. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is developing an autonomous shuttle to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips around a growing Treasure Island. Participants will develop a communication campaign for eliciting public feedback on the shuttle, applying the lessons learned in the prior workshop to an urban planning process that is happening in real time. Co-presented by the SF Urban Film Fest, SFCTA...
Feb
12
Tue
San Francisco

Food Is Medicine

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
What if health-care providers prescribed food as they do medication? At food pharmacies and similar organizations that have launched in the Bay Area and across the country, doctors are writing prescriptions — and providing vouchers — for fresh foods to reduce hunger and support healthy eating. These interventions are part of a growing movement dubbed “food is medicine.” Hear from some of the leaders of this movement about what it means for the future of food security and the health-care...
Feb
13
Wed
Oakland

CASA Means Homes

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2018, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission convened a group of Bay Area housing experts and stakeholders to discuss housing solutions for the region. The result, the CASA Compact, is a package of policies being moved forward in 2019 with the goal of increasing housing production, preserving existing affordable housing and protecting vulnerable populations from displacement. Come learn more about the compact and what it might mean for Oakland and the East Bay. + Fred Blackwell / The San Francisco Foundation...
Feb
13
Wed
San Jose

Is Santa Clara County Prepared for Wildfire?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Climate change brings the prospect of larger, more dangerous wildfires in the future — perhaps like those that have recently devastated parts of California and the Bay Area. What actions are being taken in Santa Clara County to prepare? With this expert panel we’ll discuss the role of land use planning, emergency preparedness partnerships and other ways to improve fire resiliency in the wildland-urban interface. + Derek Neumann / Open Space Authority + Michael Rhoades / Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department
Feb
14
Thu
San Francisco

Zero Waste in Design and Construction

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The current waste and plastic pollution crisis is considered one of the world's top environmental issues. New programs and policies are being developed locally, however, to combat this crisis and encourage sustainable practices, with new initiatives aimed at decreasing plastic consumption and construction waste. Join sustainability and design experts to learn more about these strategies and explore local case studies where they have been implemented, including construction projects that reduce waste by repurposing existing materials and structures. + Jack Macy...
Feb
19
Tue
San Jose

Touring San Jose’s Newest Modular Homes

Tour 10:30 a.m.
After breaking ground in late 2017, construction on Second Street Studios, a new affordable housing development just a half mile from downtown San Jose, progressed posthaste. Its secret? Modular construction, which allowed units built off-site to be connected together like supersized Legos. The building, whose 135 units provide permanent supportive housing for extremely low-income households, also features over 9,000 square feet of retail space and is expected to receive LEED Platinum certification. Join us as we tour this important project...
Feb
19
Tue
San Francisco

Using Scenario Planning to Imagine Different Futures

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area’s cultural openness, economic opportunities and diverse natural surroundings have drawn people from all over the world, but we face serious challenges that endanger our future. In recent years, several Bay Area efforts are using scenario-planning tools to imagine where we’re headed and how to shape the future. Discover how these tools help local experts develop plausible stories about possible futures based on the variables that drive change. + Nicole-Anne Boyer / Adaptive Edge + Laura Tolkoff /...
Feb
19
Tue
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: BART’s Grace Crunican

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Grab a drink and hear from the key people who are shaping the region’s future. In this installment of SPUR’s inspiring Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Grace Crunican, the general manager of BART who oversees a staff of 3,600 full-time employees and $40 billion of transportation infrastructure that links the region. Come hear about her career path, the challenges of running BART and what the future holds for public transit. + Noah Christman / SPUR + Grace Crunican / BART
Feb
21
Thu
San Francisco

Bringing the Central SoMa Plan to Life

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s latest area plan, the Central SoMa Plan, was adopted last December after more than seven years in the making. It is an ambitious and groundbreaking effort that will accommodate 32,500 jobs and 8,550 housing units, as well as public benefits that total more than $2 billion in value. Hear from both the past and present supervisors of Central SoMa’s district as they discuss what will be next for the neighborhood. + Sup. Matt Haney / San Francisco Board...
Feb
26
Tue
Oakland

The Future of Workforce Development in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Oakland’s vibrant and innovative job opportunities comprise an invaluable piece of the Bay Area’s internationally recognized economy. What are the city and employers doing to ensure that this economy and workforce stay competitive, and how can they see to it that economic growth benefits everyone equitably? Explore the workforce development strategies and specific projects that are poised to make an impact in Oakland. + Julina Bonilla / Port of Oakland + Stephen Baiter / Oakland Workforce Development Board + Barbara...
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