Please note: All SPUR events are currently being held online.

January 2021

Jan
21
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Vision 2022: Climate & Clean Air Zoomposium #3

Special Program
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Short-lived climate pollutants are powerful climate forcers that remain in the atmosphere for significantly less time than carbon dioxide, yet cause significantly more damage. These pollutants include methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons. The impact of SLCPs is clear, but so are the solutions. Join us to hear more about the steps that California must take to eliminate these pollutants and move our state sustainably forward.
Jan
26
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

A New Tool for Achieving Coexistence in Public Space

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2019, SPUR launched a long-term planning and research initiative for San Jose’s Guadalupe River Park. SPUR 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 space. Come learn how this tool can help foster a greater level of understanding and agreement for achieving coexistence.
Jan
27
Wed
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

The Promise of Unrestricted Cash Transfers

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
Resources like guaranteed income, universal basic income and other cash transfer programs have captured the attention of many who see targeted monetary deposits as one of the best ways to lift people out of poverty. Join us as we talk with leaders in the cash transfer world to discuss the different ways in which these funds can be used to help people make ends meet.
Jan
28
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

A New Life for Our Cities’ Futures

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
America has been wrecked by the pandemic, and nowhere is the damage so clearly evident than in our cities. But cities have always bounced back from disaster, and 2021 will prove no exception. The key question is how we can ensure that these cherished places will be recognizable when they do.
Jan
28
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

What Could Statewide Parking Reform Look Like?

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
Parking degrades the quality of urban spaces and takes up space that could be utilized for other uses. Some California cities are revisiting their parking standards to better regulate the minimum and maximum space required for automobiles, but these efforts are still few and far between. What role should the state play in getting our overparking crisis under control?
Jan
29
Fri
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Exploring President Biden’s Urban Agenda

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In a shift from the last 4 years, it's clear that a Biden Administration will approach urban policy and planning with a different lens. Join the leaders of SPUR, the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago and Regional Plan Association of the New York City-New Jersey-Connecticut region as they delve into what the next federal administration may mean for regional planning, research and policy change.

February 2021

Feb
2
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Single-Family Zoning Drives Exclusion

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A groundbreaking report recently released by the Othering & Belong Institute at UC Berkeley documents the relationship between single-family housing and racial exclusion in the Bay Area, finding that home values in heavily single-family-zoned cities “are $100,000 higher, incomes are $34,000 higher, and these areas are nearly 20 percent whiter than the rest of the Bay Area’s cities.”
Feb
4
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

The Economic Benefits of Dramatically Expanding Healthy Food Incentives

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
For over a decade, healthy food incentive programs have increased the purchasing power of low-income families to buy fruits and vegetables. Come hear about a new study conducted by Colorado State University, in partnership with SPUR, Fair Food Network and 10 partners from around the country, that models the economic return of scaling up these programs.
Feb
9
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Developing a Model Project for Supportive Housing in California

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Supportive housing provides both permanently affordable housing and support and services so our most vulnerable populations can live stable lives. The Terner Center for Housing Innovation recently completed research comparing costs across several San Francisco supportive housing projects. Come learn what they found and explore how their lessons could be applied for significant cost savings across the state.
Feb
16
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

COVID-19 and the Bay Area's Housing Market

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Many thought the current pandemic would bring Bay Area home prices crashing down and though some data points to declining rents in San Francisco, similar decreases haven't occurred in other parts of the Bay Area. Is there really a movement away from urban living, or is it less significant than some recent articles make it seem?
Feb
16
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Healthy Food as Preventative Medicine: California and Beyond

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
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 healthy food in an effort to reduce hunger, improve health and decrease health care spending. Hear from the leaders pioneering this movement about what the data shows and what it could mean for the future of health care.
Feb
19
Fri
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Rebuilding Paradise

Special Program 12:00 p.m.
Wildfires have become a depressingly regular occurrence in California, Oregon and other western states. But when cities and towns burn, who gets to say which get rebuilt, and for whom? The new film, Rebuilding Paradise, focuses on the rebuilding of Paradise, California. Watch the film and then discuss the film's themes with our panel. Co-presented by the SF Urban Film Fest.
Feb
25
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

The State of Transportation in a Post-Pandemic California

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What does the future hold for transportation in California? Can the state reverse the devastation of transit agencies’ budgets and other profound impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic? Can they incentivize sustainable transportation options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Join us to explore some answers to these complex questions and more with a conversation with David Kim, head of California State Transportation Agency.
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 publicprograms@spur.org 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.

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