We believe education empowers people to take an active role in creating a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous region. Most SPUR programs are free to attend. To view recordings and slide decks from previous events, visit the “Past Events” link below. For more information, see our Events FAQ page.

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Policy Area
Date Range

November 2023

Aerial view of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Island, the Bay Bridge, Alameda, Oakland, and the Greater East Bay.
Digital Discourse to

Make a Big Impact with “Little p” Housing Policies

Join SPUR and Partnership for the Bay's Future to explore innovative solutions to the housing crisis through the implementation of "little p" policies as a means to creatively and equitably address the urgent housing crisis facing cities across the Bay Area. Learn how "little p" policies are being innovatively applied to address urgent housing challenges when our panel shares valuable insights, experiences from the field, and actionable advice for those interested in adopting "little p" policy solutions to create equitable change in their communities.

January 2024

An image showing storefronts in a downtown setting, with cars parked in a parking lot in the foreground
San Francisco
In-Person Forum to

What Will It Take to Fill Vacant Storefronts in Downtown San Francisco? [In-Person Event]

As we transition into the new normal of hybrid work, can urban shopping centers still be viable? What are the potential opportunities for attracting future stores in downtown San Francisco, either in existing buildings or in new development projects? And can city government play a role in helping property owners adapt to these trends and attract new tenants?

February 2024

Oakland apartment buildings shown in the foreground, with the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline seen in the background.
San Francisco
In-Person Forum to

Book Talk: 9 Ways to Make Housing for People | David Baker Architects [In-Person Event]

Join SPUR and David Baker Architects for a book talk exploring the nine ways to design affordable and market-rate housing that lifts and supports people and thriving, resilient communities. These are approaches that citizens, property owners, developers, and designers can use today to create housing and other buildings that support healthy, equitable neighborhoods.
Image of the facade of the SPUR Urban Center at 654 Mission St, San Francisco, California.
San Francisco
In-Person Forum to

SPUR Voter Guide Release Party [In-Person Event]

Join us at the SPUR Urban Center for a party to celebrate the release of our 2024 Voter Guide! We’ll be sharing our analysis of this election’s ballot measures and celebrating the voter guide over food and drinks.
3D conceptual rendering of the Potrero Yard Modernization project.
San Francisco
Tour to

The Future of Potrero Yard [In-Person Tour]

The Potrero Yard Modernization Project will replace The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) 2nd oldest bus yard with a modern, three-story, efficient bus maintenance and storage facility, equipped to serve the SFMTA’s growing fleet as it transitions to battery electric buses. Join SPUR and APA Northern California for a special tour of this project that is designed to support San Francisco’s sustainability, housing, and safety priorities as a Transit-First City.
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 [email protected] 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.