COVID-19 and SPUR Events

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April 2020

Apr
3
Fri
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Building a Resilient Workplace

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The current COVID-19 pandemic quickly forced companies and public agencies around the world to examine their capabilities for enabling employees to work safely from home. While many found that they weren't set up to make such a transition quickly and efficiently, others had planned ahead or already had established work-from-home policies that enabled them to adapt to the rapidly changing dynamic created by the pandemic...
Apr
7
Tue
San Francisco

Hidden Nature: Exploring SF's Ecological Past and Future

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Not that long ago, the place we now call San Francisco was a radically different landscape from its current urbanized form--home to the Ohlone and defined by a diverse array of habitats, from vast sand dunes to lush tidal marshes. Join us to talk about San Francisco's changing landscapes and explore the ecological potential of the contemporary city--an increasingly important endeavor as the Bay Area...
Apr
7
Tue
San Francisco

POSTPONED: My Rider Is Your Rider

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Fragmented transit networks, such as what we have in the Bay Area, are not an effective way to convince drivers to switch to public transportation. Providing a seamless experience for riders is one solution to the problem. What if transit riders weren't considered simply riders on BART or Muni, but instead riders across the broader network, shared between operators and relayed between each with care?
Apr
8
Wed
San Francisco

Affordable Homeownership in San Francisco?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Is affordable homeownership an oxymoron in San Francisco? How does it work, and why does it matter? How can we enable greater homeownership? Join us for a discussion on the state of below-market-rate homeownership programs in San Francisco. Co-presented with the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.
Apr
8
Wed
San José

The Diridon Station Concept Plan in 2020

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
At the end of 2019, project partners for Diridon Station announced a concept layout for the spatial configuration of San Jose’s key multimodal transit center. With this unified vision now in place, conceptual design can continue while more closely examining issues of governance, financing and implementation in an effort to better realize the vision and full potential of the station. Come learn about the plan.
Apr
9
Thu
San Francisco

Planning an Equitable Route to Reduce Traffic

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
It has become increasingly difficult to get around San Francisco over the past decade. Transit infrastructure has not kept up with growth, and more housing in suburbs has fed more cars into San Francisco. Equitably pricing our roadways may be the most impactful solution. Come learn about the latest in congestion pricing. Generously sponsored by Uber.
Apr
9
Thu
San Francisco

Activating the Electorate

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
2018 may have seen the highest midterm turnout in four decades, but at only 53% voter participation, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of developed countries. The 2020 presidential election is fast approaching, and if history is any guide, 100 million Americans might sit it out. Who are they, and why aren't they participating? With boomers and millennials being the two biggest voting age-groups, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to these questions. From art to activism, and data to door knocking, we'll explore different ways to get people engaged from the local to the national level. Co-presented by KQED.
Apr
15
Wed
Oakland

POSTPONED: Doing Community Benefits Right

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Major development projects across the Bay Area are often governed by contracts that stipulate project-specific community benefits as a condition of their approval. But what do good community benefits look like, and how can we switch from the time-intensive, one-off application of these benefits to a citywide approach that is mutually advantageous for developers, community groups and the city?
Apr
16
Thu
San Francisco

Mission Rock's Mission Rocks!

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In partnership with the Port of San Francisco, the Giants' Mission Rock development has been in the works for more than a decade. This 28-acre mixed-use development will break ground on its first phase this year, and when complete will provide 8 acres of public open space, 2.7 million square feet of building area and an impressive 40% affordability for residential units.
Apr
16
Thu
San Francisco

Better Market Street

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Earlier this year, after decades of debate and discussion, San Francisco's Market Street became car-free. Part of the Better Market Street plan, the closure is the first in a series of changes designed to make one of the city's most important corridors better for all. Learn how the closure has fared so far, and the details of the plan's next phase.
Apr
21
Tue
San Francisco

POSTPONED: Drinks & Discourse: KPF's Gene Kohn

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
In this installment of SPUR’s inspiring Drinks and Discourse series, we sit down with Gene Kohn, founder of the renowned architecture firm KPF. Come hear what it takes to helm a world-class firm for over 40 years, how the industry has changed since he began practicing, how some of the world's iconic buildings came to be and much more.
Apr
22
Wed
San Francisco

POSTPONED: Transbay Risen

Tour 3:30 p.m.
San Francisco's Transbay neighborhood, anchored by the Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower, is quickly becoming one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the center. Its more than six million square feet of new office space, nearly 4,400 units of new housing and 100,00 square feet of new retail all contribute to a dramatic, burgeoning skyline. Come explore the neighborhood to learn what's up, and what will soon be going up.
Apr
23
Thu
San Francisco

The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act: One Year In

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Moms 4 Housing group in Oakland has brought fresh interest to the idea of giving nonprofits and residents the opportunity to preserve existing affordability and stabilize communities. In early 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA), legislation that provides nonprofits with an early opportunity to purchase properties and match market offers. A year later, hear about the implementation of the program to understand the challenges and opportunities.
Apr
23
Thu
San José

The Economics of Placemaking

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Placemaking has come a long way since first being introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, and the idea that well-designed places promote health, happiness and well-being has made its way into mainstream planning and development processes. Most cities recognize that an investment in the public realm leads to more inclusive, welcoming and dynamic cities, but making the case for this sort of investment can be challenging given city budget constraints and higher-priority needs. Come learn about the complicated economics of placemaking.
Apr
28
Tue
San Francisco

POSTPONED: SFUSD's New Culinary Center

Tour 9:00 a.m.
San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD) McAteer Culinary Center opened in late 2019 and is already influencing the quality of meals produced and students’ eating habits. Tour the new dining area and kitchen during breakfast to see how students interact with the space, get a chance to taste the new recipes developed in-house and learn how the district plans to expand on this model.
Apr
28
Tue
San Francisco

What It Will Really Take For an Affordable Bay Area

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The housing shortage is fundamentally changing who is able to live in the Bay Area. How many homes should we have built over the last twenty years and how much needs to be built over the next 50 years to get on track? What policies do we need to put in place to make it happen? SPUR’s new report seeks to answer these tough questions.
Apr
28
Tue
Oakland

Drinks and Discourse: OUSD's Kennan Scott

Young Urbanists 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 Kennan Scott, Oakland Unified School District’s manager of computer science. Come hear about what spurred his transition from a transit engineer to an educator, what it takes to lead an vision and curriculum for more than 40,000 students, the critical role that technology plays in building equity and much more.
Apr
29
Wed
Oakland

The Central Valley and the Future of the Bay Area

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Central Valley may seem a world away from the Bay Area, but it serves as a critical gear in the daily operation of our region. Each morning, thousands of cars flood the freeways, bringing workers and goods westward. As housing costs in the Bay Area continue to increase, more Californians may find themselves part of this same routine. At the same time, many cities across the Central Valley have taken charge of their economic future, luring employers and jobs — and residents — east. Come learn about the important role that the Central Valley will play in the Bay Area of the future.
Apr
29
Wed
San José

What’s Next for Planning in the Diridon Station Area?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Jose approved a major area plan for the Diridon Station area in 2014. Since then, things have changed. While major transit investments are still being planned and developed, plans for an As ballpark fell through, Google decided to invest in a significant new mixed-use development that will expand its local presence, and the city has adopted other design, zoning and environmental policies that will have an impact on what gets built in the Diridon Station area. Join us for a briefing on the scope of the update to the Diridon Station Area Plan. Co-presented by SV@Home.
Apr
30
Thu
San Francisco

How We're Making SF Good For Kids

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco has one of the smallest populations of school-age children in the country, even though it has many of the ingredients for family-friendly city life. Join us for a set of rapid-fire presentations to learn how the city and advocacy organizations are working to make San Francisco friendly to children and their families, then help brainstorm ideas for what else can be done.

May 2020

May
5
Tue
San Francisco

POSTPONED: Building Housing and Community in the Mission

Tour 3:00 p.m.
In 2015, San Francisco voters approved Proposition A, a $310 million affordable housing bond that dedicated $50 million toward much-needed affordable housing in the Mission District. Since then, additional commitments have flowed to the Mission, and as a result several affordable housing projects are in the pipeline or underway. Join us for a tour to check on their progress and hear from some of the community advocates and developers who have made these developments possible.
May
6
Wed
Oakland

Oakland Good Government Awards

OAK Good Government Awards
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
On Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 SPUR will host its first Oakland Good Government Awards Breakfast honoring excellence in Oakland city government. Building on SPUR's history of hosting the Awards in San Francisco, this exciting event will recognize civic servants making a difference in their communities. Join to network alongside the Mayor of Oakland, department heads and business and community leaders. Sponsorships are now available. 
May
7
Thu
Oakland

POSTPONED: A Councilmember-Led Tour of District 2

Tour 4:00 p.m.
Comprising the neighborhoods of Grand Lake, Chinatown, Trestle Glen, Highland Park and more, Oakland District 2 is a vibrant core of the city filled with cultural institutions, active commercial streets and tight-knit communities. Join us as we explore the district with its councilmember, Nikki Fortunato Bas, to hear about her favorite gems and how she works to represent her constituents.
May
7
Thu
San Francisco

POSTPONED: Outside Lands, Infill Housing Pt. II

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
San Francisco’s west side and other outer neighborhoods can unlock new areas for growth and increased densification, including the addition of affordable housing. As part of this year’s San Francisco Affordable Housing Week, join us as we reflect on new pathways for affordable housing in outer San Francisco neighborhoods. Co-presented by Council of Community Housing Organizations.
May
12
Tue
San Francisco

SF Flavor in Prominent Places

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Some of San Francisco’s most high-traffic, prominent places have made sure that their food offerings have a local San Francisco flavor. In this way, some of San Francisco’s institutions go above and beyond in their efforts to promote local businesses. Join us for a discussion of what it takes to keep it local when it comes to food retail spaces.
May
12
Tue
Oakland

POSTPONED: A Central Way to Cook

Tour 3:00 p.m.
Oakland Unified School District’s massive new Central Kitchen is a major boon for tens of thousands of students. It enables the school district to move away from the standard heat-and-serve model to made-from-scratch meals grades above typical cafeteria fare in taste and quality and distribute them across the district. The kitchen, complete with classroom space and an on-site garden, helps to connect students to agriculture and broader educational goals like increased STEM achievement. Join us for a tour of this amazing new facility.
May
14
Thu
San José

What the General Plan Review Means for Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This year, San Jose is undertaking the second four-year review of its general plan, and the task force is wrapping up its work identifying recommendations before the plan heads to the city council this fall. As part of Affordable Housing Week, come learn how this review impacts housing in San Jose and whether the city will meet the region's housing challenges. Co-presented by SV@Home.
May
14
Thu
San Francisco

Voices Without Votes

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Many Bay Area teens believe that participating in a democracy is about much more than standing alone in a voting booth. Whether it’s trying to solve problems created by previous generations or tackling issues unique to the future, we’ll let them tell us what’s important as they take over the SPUR Urban Center and KQED’s airwaves. As we head toward the November election, join us for a live discussion of next-generation concerns and the responsibilities that we have to shape the future they’ll inherit. Co-presented by KQED.
May
19
Tue
Oakland

Bringing the Human Scale to Scale

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Bay Area often struggles to produce neighborhoods that are walkable, welcoming and facilitate daily life without need of a car. Neighborhoods with these amenities, mostly built before 1930, are scarce and expensive. Although the ingredients seem simple, our policies, codes, standards and politics make it nearly impossible to deliver them. Come explore what it would take to produce these neighborhoods in abundance, and bring the human scale to scale.
May
20
Wed
San Francisco

Growing Up Around Transit

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2005, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted its first transit-oriented development (TOD) policy, which helped add 26,000 housing units near transit. Now, the MTC is relooking at the policy in order to help guide major new transit investments. How can it be updated to best increase the housing supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support economic growth around bus, rail and ferry stations?
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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