October 2019

Oct
23
Wed
San Jose

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2020, the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act is set to expire. The bill, which provides $305 billion in transportation funding over five years, has been critical for the building and maintenance of the country’s transportation infrastructure. Hear what advocates and policy-makers are pushing for in a reauthorization of the bill, which programs may or may not make the cut and what it could mean for the Bay Area.
Oct
23
Wed
Oakland

A More Coordinated Transit Network: Learning From Other Regions

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
How have other regions brought fragmented, disconnected transit systems together to create a more customer-focused network? How can this make transit easier and faster for all while offering climate and equity benefits? In these regards, the Bay Area has a lot to learn from both domestic and international examples. Hear about similar challenges from around the world and learn what’s possible. Part of TransForm’s Connecting Communities 2019 Speaker Series and co-presented by Seamless Bay Area and Friends of Caltrain.
Oct
23
Wed
San Francisco

Getting Ready for the Big One

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In the Bay Area, we all know we should have disaster kits at the ready, but it’s tough to find the time to assemble all the items necessary. Go MacGyver with us and make your own portable disaster kit while hearing from experts about how to organize a neighborhood response in the event of emergencies like earthquakes. Bring a backpack and we’ll provide most of the essential supplies, including flashlights, whistles, emergency blankets, gloves, water, sanitation supplies and more while we learn. Generously sponsored by Cole Hardware and Center Hardware.
Oct
24
Thu
San Jose

Designing for New Neighbors

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Inspired by efforts to bolster the “missing middle” in Minneapolis, Oregon and elsewhere, San Jose is considering allowing duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes near transit. Join us for a mini-design workshop to think through how we might create these new housing opportunities and welcome new neighbors into our residential communities.
Oct
24
Thu
San Francisco

Watt Will it Take for Building Electrification?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The continued use of fossil fuels is forcing us to pay the high cost of climate change. While some industries are making strides in sustainability, most buildings in California still burn natural gas, accounting for nearly 12% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. It makes sense, then, to fully electrify buildings, but what does that require? Learn about the impacts that building electrification can have on our health, economy and power grid and why it is imperative to act soon.
Oct
24
Thu
San Francisco

Public-Private Partnerships in New Mobility

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
From bikeshare acquisitions to scooter permitting, the past year has been an interesting one for public-private partnerships for transportation. While these new relationships have presented unforeseen challenges, they have also offered fresh opportunities in how transportation is delivered. Because contracts and partnerships permitting the private sector to deliver public transportation are likely to become more common in the future, what lessons can be learned from recent experiences?
Oct
24
Thu
San Jose

Backyard Closing Party

Evening Forum 6:30 p.m.
After three months, dozens of speakers and a multitude of interactive experiences, the Backyard experiment comes to a close. Come celebrate the successes and memories, find out what might happen next and learn how you can help to further the conversation about urban activation, communitybuilding and creative placemaking in San Jose. This program is part of Backyard, a three-month public space activation led by The We Company in downtown San Jose.
Oct
28
Mon
Oakland

Engaging Communities in Resilience Planning

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In many communities, resilience planning is synonymous with gentrification; there’s a fear that creating a more resilient neighborhood means increasing displacement. And many of these communities are facing far more immediate dangers, such as homelessness, job scarcity and environmental issues. Yet the participation of these very communities will be critical to our success in addressing global warming. Come learn about the innovative techniques being developed to involve local residents in productive dialogue around the implications of global warming in their neighborhoods. Co-presented by ULI San Francisco.
Oct
29
Tue
San Francisco

Civic Center: A History of the Design, Controversies, and Realization of a City Beautiful Masterpiece.

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s Civic Center comprises thirteen governmental and cultural buildings in the city's core, including City Hall and municipal agencies, the main branch of the public library, the Supreme Court of California, numerous performing arts venues and more. Classified as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, the area has served as the heart of San Francisco governance for more than a century, and became a key gathering place for the city’s residents long before that. A...
Oct
29
Tue
Oakland

Oakland’s Swift and Effective Safety Improvements

Tour 12:30 p.m.
Join staff from the Oakland Department of Transportation for a walking tour of a recent project in Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood that featured swift and effective safety improvements. Come see how the project came about, learn the details behind the design decisions and hear about the future projects coming to Oakland that will use similar treatments to achieve safety and accessibility goals.
Oct
29
Tue
San Jose

The Future of Coyote Valley

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Jose’s general plan is set to begin its four-year update this fall, and a key component that will be examined is the future of Coyote Valley. Although the area has long been designated as a site for future job growth, over the past decade the city has seen strong support for preserving Coyote Valley’s expansive open space. Come hear a bold vision for preserving, maintaining and operating this land.
Oct
30
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 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 with 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.

November 2019

Nov
5
Tue
San Francisco

The Eastern Neighborhoods Plans Turn 10

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Eastern Neighborhoods Plans, adopted by the city in 2009, are an ambitious set of community plans that have reshaped East SoMa, the Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill and the Central Waterfront in an effort to balance residential and office growth with the preservation of industrial lands. Ten years later, what are the successes and failures? Join us for a conversation about what should have been done differently and what is yet to come.
Nov
6
Wed
San Francisco

Post-Election Recap

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The November election puts hot-button issues before the voters. What will the results mean for the city, the new mayor and the next set of election cycles? In a much-loved tradition, SPUR and local political analysts provide a witty and incisive post-election recap.
Nov
6
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 infra-structure or other necessary investments. While these fees can be an important tool, they also in-crease the price of new construction, sometimes rendering projects unfeasible in a high-cost envi-ronment 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 and the Northern California Section of the Amer-ican Planning Association.
Nov
6
Wed
Oakland

The Urban Transformation of Yesterday's Malls

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
As online retail has brought a new level of convenience to shopping, large, car-oriented malls and shopping centers around the country have suffered. Built on what was once the urban frontier, many of these 20th-century spaces sit on large sites now considered the “inner ring” suburbs or even the urban core. These underutilized forms present opportunities for re-imagination, redevelopment and a more cohesive pattern of urban development. Come hear how these sites are being rethought all around the Bay Area.
Nov
7
Thu
San Jose

General Plans 101

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
This fall, San Jose launches its second four-year review of its general plan, Envision 2040. But what exactly is a general plan? Who requires it? Why do general plans matter? What does a general plan cover…or not cover? Join us as we answer these questions and more while learning how San Jose’s own plan works and how it may be changing.
Nov
7
Thu
San Francisco

Planning San Francisco's Transportation Future

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In 2018, ConnectSF worked with the public to develop a vision for what the city could be like in 50 years: a San Francisco that is growing, diverse and equitable, with a multitude of affordable transportation options and with faster project delivery resulting from strong civic and government engagement. Come explore the gaps that must be closed, and the transportation investments and policies needed, to reach this vision.
Nov
12
Tue
San Francisco

NEW DATE: San Francisco’s Energy Destiny

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
From a changing climate to the PG&E bankruptcy, San Francisco is facing a new energy landscape and the city’s elected leaders are considering a shift to public power to stabilize costs, ensure reliability, increase local oversight and expand the city’s use of renewable energy. But can this approach work? What have other cities learned about public power and when should San Francisco take the next step?
Nov
12
Tue
Oakland

Planning New Commercial Development in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Despite a boom in recent construction, there’s still an array of transit-friendly sites primed for large-scale commercial development in Downtown Oakland. If recent projects are any indication, however, these sites are more likely to become residential towers. What are the challenges to building new office and commercial development in Oakland? Join a conversation between local planners and builders about what needs to happen to ensure that commercial properties can get built.
Nov
12
Tue
San Francisco

The Future of Treasure Island

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In the coming years, new development at Treasure Island is slated to slowly create homes for 8,000 new households, as well as restaurants, retail, entertainment, open space, a marina, new transportation options and more. With the development of San Francisco’s newest neighborhood well underway, come learn how various aspects of these plans are unfolding and what they hold for the future of Treasure Island.
Nov
13
Wed
Oakland

Resilience in Oakland

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
From hills prone to wildfire to fault lines primed for seismic activity to a waterfront susceptible to rising seas, Oakland sits at the nexus of potential natural disasters. What is the city doing to minimize the effects that its communities will experience during major shocks, as well as the impact of more continuous stresses like homelessness and economic inequality? Come hear from Oakland’s chief resilience officer about the efforts underway to help the city prepare for, resist and recover from these challenges.
Nov
13
Wed
Oakland

Drinks & Discourse: The We Company's Lindsay Baker

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 Lindsay Baker, Global Head of Sustainability and Wellbeing at The We Company. Come hear about her career path, the role of large companies in solving environmental challenges, the metrics behind “wellbeing” and much more.
Nov
14
Thu
San Francisco

San Francisco's New Hazards and Climate Resilience Plan

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The City and County of San Francisco is wrapping up a new cross-departmental effort to improve the city’s readiness for disasters such as earthquakes and to bolster its overall resilience in the face of long-term climate change. Learn from the plan’s leaders about how this new initiative will make the city’s residents safer and more prepared for heat, flooding, wildfires, sea level rise and more.
Nov
14
Thu
San Jose

What's Next for SJ's Public Spaces?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With nearly 100 regional and neighborhood parks, as well as over 53 miles of trails, San Jose has developed a robust program for investing in open space and recreation on a citywide scale. How might this program serve as a lesson to other South Bay cities, and how can these types of places catalyze a sense of community in our neighborhoods? Join us to learn about the new projects that are underway for improving our public spaces.
Nov
14
Thu
San Francisco

Economic Inequality and Education

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Part of the belief in American social mobility rests largely upon our faith that opportunity comes through education, and having access to quality primary education is one indicator of future success. How well does the Bay Area provide lower-income residents with access to quality schools? Are we making progress, or are the systems in place propagating the widespread income inequality already seen across the region? In the final part of a three-part series, we’ll discuss whether quality public education can reduce the opportunity and equity gaps and what can be done to turn the tables. Co-presented by KQED.
Nov
19
Tue
Oakland

A Tale of Two Ballparks

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What is now named Oracle Park opened 19 years ago as the new ballpark for the San Francisco Giants. At the time, the surrounding China Basin and South Beach neighborhoods were far different than the vibrant, transit-accessible district we see today. As the A’s plan a move to Oakland’s Howard Terminal, what can the team learn from the Giants’ experience across the bay? Join us to explore what successful neighborhood investment looks like for a sports team.
Nov
19
Tue
San Jose

Planning for San Jose in 2050

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Work on Plan Bay Area 2050, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s long-range trans-portation and land use plan, will begin this fall and offer a roadmap for the future growth of the region. What will this mean for the South Bay, and San Jose in particular? And what bold ideas, from new rail networks to office development caps, should be considered? Join us for an engaging discussion about the future of the South Bay.
Nov
19
Tue
San Jose

Drinks and Discourse: The Silicon Valley Organization's Matt Mahood

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 Matt Mahood, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Organization. Come hear about his career path, what it takes to represent nearly 300,000 employees throughout Silicon Valley, the health and future of the region’s economy and much more.
Nov
20
Wed
Oakland

What’s on the Horizon?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In an era of uncertainty, how do we plan for the future? Developed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Horizon process identified three possible futures for the Bay Area, defined by external forces on the global and national levels. Their Futures Final Report put forward a shortlist of strategies for transportation, housing, the economy and the environment that could position the Bay Area for success in the decades ahead. Come learn about which strategies rose to the top, which didn’t, and what that means for the future of the region.
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