July 2019

Jul
16
Tue
San Francisco

The State of Housing at the State

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a discussion with our local representatives in Sacramento to learn the latest on what’s happening during the current 2019–20 legislative session. Which bills are moving forward and which are not? How are the CASA bills faring? And what should be on the docket for next year?
Jul
16
Tue
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: Content Magazine's Daniel Garcia

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 Daniel Garcia, the founder and cultivator of Content Magazine , Silicon Valley’s esteemed arts journal. Come hear about his career path, his thoughts about how San Jose is changing and his belief in the power of art as a force to build community.
Jul
17
Wed
San Francisco

Where Does SF Get Its Money?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The budget and fiscal revenue of a city can often seem like a black box. We know that money comes out of the box to pay for necessary services, but where does it come from and what happens to it? Do taxpayers contribute enough to cover the city’s roughly $11 billion budget? How much of that sum comes from agencies that generate some of their own revenue? Are there additional sources? Crack open the city’s books with us and explore where San Francisco gets its money.
Jul
17
Wed
Oakland

Spotlight on Jack London

Tour 1:30 p.m.
Though much of the spotlight of Oakland’s new growth has shone on the city’s Downtown and Uptown districts, Jack London has long been one of the East Bay’s most effervescent neighborhoods. Its lively restaurant and nightlife scene and diverse residential opportunities have combined with flourishing industrial uses and a working waterfront to create a truly one-of-a-kind community. With numerous development and public space projects already completed and even more underway, come see what’s happening on the other side of the 880 freeway.
Jul
22
Mon
San Jose

City of Joel

Film Screening 1:15 p.m.
Four decades ago, a community of Hasidim fled the cost and crowds of Brooklyn to create Kiryas Joel (City of Joel) in upstate New York. This thriving, ultra-Orthodox village of 22,000 had lived peacefully with its neighbors in the pastoral town of Monroe until Kiryas Joel sought to double its geographic footprint to keep up with its population. Emmy-winning filmmaker Jesse Sweet was given unprecedented access to follow the clash of cultures as tensions grew between the politically-powerful Kiryas Joel residents and their secular neighbors in a beautiful documentary that raises important questions about the separation of church and state, the balance of rights and whether a once-powerless minority can become too powerful. In partnership with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Jul
23
Tue
San Jose

Modeling Transformational Changes to Transit

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
How does the way that we model the benefits of transportation projects — often in isolation and on a project-by-project basis — influence what we choose to invest in? With new data tools, how can we better understand what improvements will have the greatest impact on expanding connections to housing and jobs? Learn about the new tools being used to understand the effect that major changes to our transportation network can have on access and transit ridership, and find out how these tools are being used to advocate for and prioritize more impactful transportation investments.
Jul
24
Wed
San Francisco

Delivering Housing Faster

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Delivering Housing Faster Over the last several years, San Francisco has pushed to approve more housing in an effort to address the region’s ongoing housing shortage. Now, with a record 70,000 units in the pipeline, there is important work happening on both the public and private sides to quickly get those approved projects permitted and built. Learn what it takes to deliver this much-needed housing, which is often created as part of very large mixed-use projects that require major infrastructure investments.
Jul
25
Thu
San Francisco

City of Joel

Film Screening 3:45 p.m.
Four decades ago, a community of Hasidim fled the cost and crowds of Brooklyn to create Kiryas Joel (City of Joel) in upstate New York. This thriving, ultra-Orthodox village of 22,000 had lived peacefully with its neighbors in the pastoral town of Monroe until Kiryas Joel sought to double its geographic footprint to keep up with its population. Emmy-winning filmmaker Jesse Sweet was given unprecedented access to follow the clash of cultures as tensions grew between the politically-powerful Kiryas Joel residents and their secular neighbors in a beautiful documentary that raises important questions about the separation of church and state, the balance of rights and whether a once-powerless minority can become too powerful. In partnership with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Jul
25
Thu
San Francisco

Farm-to-Grocery: What Does It Take?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Farmers’ markets and grocery stores both offer bountiful selections of fruits and vegetables, tempting us to buy some to take home or have delivered to our doorstep. But the process of getting food to each of those retail settings can vary significantly. Selling wholesale and selling direct-to-consumer are different beasts, making it difficult to scale a local food economy. Discover the challenges and opportunities that farmers and grocers face as you sample farm-fresh fruit. Co-presented by CUESA and generously sponsored by the Bi-Rite Family of Businesses .
Jul
30
Tue
Oakland

City of Joel

Film Screening 1:00 p.m.
Four decades ago, a community of Hasidim fled the cost and crowds of Brooklyn to create Kiryas Joel (City of Joel) in upstate New York. This thriving, ultra-Orthodox village of 22,000 had lived peacefully with its neighbors in the pastoral town of Monroe until Kiryas Joel sought to double its geographic footprint to keep up with its population. Emmy-winning filmmaker Jesse Sweet was given unprecedented access to follow the clash of cultures as tensions grew between the politically-powerful Kiryas Joel residents and their secular neighbors in a beautiful documentary that raises important questions about the separation of church and state, the balance of rights and whether a once-powerless minority can become too powerful. In partnership with the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Jul
31
Wed
San Francisco

Mobility for All

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In the last decade, the transportation sector has seen an immense rate of innovation and change, but amid both the advancements and controversies, who has been left behind? How can we break down the financial and physical barriers to both new and existing services? Join us to explore how policy and design can make transportation physically and financially accessible for all.
Jul
31
Wed
San Francisco

Transforming SF's Public Housing

Tour 2:30 p.m.
Transforming public housing communities into thriving mixed-income communities in neglected neighborhoods takes more than bricks and mortar. HOPE SF has created a common set of principles that puts residents at the center and prioritizes community by building trust and promoting healing. The development also includes an ambitious neighborhood hub that includes the city’s first new recreation center in decades, a new community center for neighborhood activities, a Boys & Girls Club and a mixed-income early childhood education center. Join us for a tour of the Sunnydale site and a discussion of the human side of HOPE SF.
Jul
31
Wed
San Jose

Incorporating Inclusivity Into Design

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Designers, planners and architects hold an invaluable key to creating just, equitable, diverse and inclusive outcomes in the built environment at all scales. How we can design safe, equitable and beautiful spaces for all, from breastfeeding mothers to those traveling in wheelchairs to the unhoused? What does it take to stimulate empathy, awareness and intercultural intelligence in our workplaces and projects? Come learn how designers and planners are introducing inclusivity into their industries.

August 2019

Aug
1
Thu
San Francisco

Fifty Years of Public Art in SF

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 1969, San Francisco launched the Art Enrichment Ordinance, one of the country’s first programs to provide a guaranteed funding mechanism for the commissioning and acquisition of artwork for new public facilities and civic spaces. Today, the city is home to one of the largest and most diverse public art collections in the country. Learn more about how this celebrated program has shaped our urban environment and given both renowned and emerging artists opportunities to reimagine their work and materials, then join us for a short walk to Moscone Center to see some of the art in action.
Aug
1
Thu
Oakland

How Can We Deliver Better BRT Projects?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Bus rapid transit (BRT) routes are being proposed and implemented in growing cities and regions across the country in order to meet climate goals and improve mobility, but they are also notoriously hard to deliver. How can we learn from past mistakes? Hear from experts from around the Bay Area about the inherent challenges that should be recognized at the start of any project, as well as the keys for success.
Aug
1
Thu
San Jose

Urban Design 201

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Building on the knowledge gained in Urban Design 101, this session focuses on the problems that urban designers are facing in contemporary practice. In part two of a two-part primer on urban design, come explore the questions that practitioners struggle with on a daily basis. What does good design look like in 2019? How can new buildings engage with the street in the best way possible? Do municipal codes handcuff creativity? And why do we struggle to make great urban places today?
Aug
6
Tue
San Jose

Transportation Funding 201

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how the bus lights stay on? Or the new walkways get paved? From taxes and fares to private dollars, multi-million-dollar transportation projects are pieced together with funding from local, state and federal levels. This summer we’re hosting a two-part introductory series about how we pay for our transportation infrastructure. In part two, discover the vast opportunities and potential pitfalls provided by public-private partnerships.
Aug
7
Wed
San Francisco

What’s New on the Waterfront?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Port of San Francisco released an update to the San Francisco Waterfront Plan last year, which took aim at strengthening the city’s border with the Bay in order to address hazards and adapt to future risks. In support of this effort, the port is also leveraging seawall and resilience investments to support historic pier rehabilitation projects along the Embarcadero. Come learn more about the port’s initiatives from the managers of these projects.
Aug
8
Thu
San Francisco

2020 Census: SF Counts!

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In just over a year, we’ll undertake a massive effort that underpins our democracy: counting every person in the country as part of the 2020 Census. That tally of people is the foundation for determining representation in Congress, funding for crucial public services and more. A successful census will also count those who are often hard to reach, including renters, children, people experiencing homelessness, immigrants and people with limited English proficiency. Explore the efforts already underway in San Francisco to ensure the census’ equitable success.
Aug
8
Thu
San Jose

Another Round of Spirited History San Jose

Tour 6:00 p.m.
Even in its earliest days, San Jose had a reputation as a hard-drinking town. From early vineyards to homemade mezcal and peach brandy to German breweries, the city has a libation-rich legacy, despite getting a head start on Prohibition with the closure of all of its saloons in 1918. Although much of San Jose’s boozing is relegated to the history books, traces of this past remain if you know where to look. Join us for a stroll through the Diridon Station area, where we’ll have our minds on the past and our glasses raised.
Aug
9
Fri
San Jose

Exploring One of San Jose’s Most Important Public Spaces

Tour 4:30 p.m.
The Guadalupe River Park is a San Jose gem, providing publicly accessible open space and a transportation spine from Alviso through the city’s downtown. Hop on your favorite two-wheeled mode of transport and join us for a family-friendly bike ride as we explore selected segments of the river park to unveil the rich history of the river and the unique natural habitat alongside it. Co-presented with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.
Aug
14
Wed
San Jose

Ending Homelessness Through the Dignity of Work

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Workforce development and employment-based practices have been proven to help end homelessness while also complementing “housing first” efforts. Groups like San Jose’s Downtown Streets Team work to change perceptions, rebuild positive work habits and restore community for those experiencing homelessness. Join us for a conversation with these important groups that are partnering to train and provide employment opportunities for the San Jose community.
Aug
14
Wed
San Jose

Can I Bike It? Yes, You Can!

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
As part of the Regional Strategy initiative, SPUR is developing an aspirational civic vision of the Bay Area in the year 2070, that includes the mass adoption of biking throughout the region. Join us for a discussion about the current state of biking in the Bay Area, followed by an interactive workshop that considers the infrastructure, policy, and design changes we can implement over the coming years to make the vision a reality.
Aug
15
Thu
San Jose

Diridon: A Year in Review

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2018, the four public agencies mostly involved in the transformation of Diridon Station — the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the City of San Jose, Caltrain and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority — entered into a funding and cooperation agreement designed to develop the Diridon Integrated Station Concept into reality. A year later, the partnership has been recognized across the state as a unique joint planning effort, but there is still much work to be done. Hear from each agency about the next steps, the exciting goals in the partnership’s second year and some of the lessons learned in planning for this groundbreaking transportation hub.
Aug
15
Thu
San Francisco

5M Project on the Rise

Tour 3:00 p.m.
The 5M Project, a major mixed-use project at the corner of Fifth and Mission streets, recently cleared lengthy legal hurdles and is finally underway. The project, comprising nearly an entire city block, will include hundreds of housing units and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space, creating a new mixed-use anchor in the middle of SoMa. Come tour the site, which includes the historic Dempster Building and Camelline Building, to get an update on the project and learn more about the future of the neighborhood.
Aug
15
Thu
San Francisco

In It Together

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Join us to play a round or two of “In It Together,” a board game about sea level rise adaptation in which players represent diverse stakeholders and initiate adaptation actions, such as living levees, floating cities and community land trusts. Use your wits and your instinct to work competitively or cooperatively, exploring the impacts of both collaborative and solo actions. The game acts as a decision-making tool for a warming world, one that fosters new relationships between economies, design and the public.
Aug
16
Fri
Oakland

Urbanist Game Night

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Join your fellow urbanists for an evening of urbanist-themed board games and libations. Whether you prefer to build Suburbia, procure a Ticket to Ride, construct a Power Grid, be one of the Settlers of Catan or just prefer to create a good, old-fashioned Monopoly, we’ll provide a gamut of games with a city-building slant — all you need to bring is a desire to play.
Aug
17
Sat
San Jose

Exploring Garden at the Flea

Tour 11:00 a.m.
With nearly 60 years under its belt, the San Jose Flea Market has become one of the largest open-air markets in all of California. Located next to the nearly completed Berryessa/North San Jose BART station, the market has now teamed up with a local placemaking firm to expand its existing site and create new opportunities and excitement for attendees. Get an up close and personal look at the new “Garden at the Flea,” including a beer garden, stage, games and, as its name suggests, a garden.
Aug
20
Tue
San Francisco

How Will Tall Buildings React in the Big One?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco has recently completed the Tall Buildings Safety Strategy, a first-of-its-kind, in-depth study of all buildings 240 feet in height — 156 of them. The strategy is just one of many innovative programs and initiatives geared to improve the city’s preparedness and ability to recover in the event of a major earthquake. Join us to learn about its key recommendations and San Francisco's efforts to strengthen the integrity and resilience of the city’s infrastructure, neighborhoods and residents.
Aug
21
Wed
San Jose

The Impacts of Impact Fees

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Hamstrung by Prop. 13, cities often rely on the impact fees from new development to fund infrastructure or other necessary investments. While they can be an important tool, these fees also increase the price of new construction, sometimes rendering projects unfeasible in a high-cost environment like the Bay Area. With this in mind, what are best practices for ensuring that cities have a funding tool while still enabling new development to occur? How are cities and the state thinking about fees today? Join us for a conversation with researchers, city staff and developers grappling with these tensions. Co-presented by SV@Home .
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