April 2019

Apr
23
Tue
San Francisco

The End of Walking?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
With numerous door-to-door delivery services and near-immediate transportation options at our fingertips, walking 10 minutes to the bus stop can sometimes seem like a bridge too far to cross. However, many experts believe that the health of cities — and their residents — is directly tied to the opportunity to walk. How can we encourage walking and biking in this new era of convenience? Public health and mobility experts will discuss the role that design and policy play in supporting active transportation.
Apr
24
Wed
San Jose

Strategies for Achieving Flexible Transit

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
A new era in transportation is unfolding. Ride sourcing, bike sharing, scooters, microtransit and more — collectively known as “emerging mobility” — are changing the way we travel and the transportation ecosystem as a whole. How can these modes become the catalyst to create a flexible transit system that is also robust enough to weather future technological developments? Hear from forward-thinking experts on how we can take advantage of this opportunity and recalibrate our transportation system toward people and places...
Apr
24
Wed
San Francisco

Policy Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Although artificial intelligence (AI) may increase productivity, it also creates instability. Will AI and other automation lead to widespread job losses that necessitate a new type of social safety net? Will the shift in occupations and ways to learn require a new type of education system? Will the dominance of new industries or regions demand a new type of regional economic development strategy? Come learn about the public policy implications of artificial intelligence.
Apr
25
Thu
San Francisco

San Francisco’s Community Benefit Districts

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What are community benefit districts (CBDs) and business improvement districts (BIDs) and what do they do? What power do they wield in the neighborhoods in which they operate? San Francisco has 16 of these unique districts across the city, found in neighborhoods as diverse as Union Square, Ocean Avenue, Japantown and the Tenderloin. Join us for a discussion with the leaders of several of these districts to learn about the opportunities and challenges they face in a changing city.
Apr
25
Thu
San Francisco

Future of Cities

Evening Forum 4:00 p.m.
California's housing shortage has reached crisis levels, but Governor Newsom has proposed one solution: a plan to build 3.5 million units state-wide by 2025. But what is the feasibility of such a plan? Can it truly achieve it's goals across a state where developable and transit-accessible land is scarce and NIMBYism is fierce? Hear a discussion of the plan's benefits and drawbacks as panelists share their expertise and their own agendas to address the housing issues that are affecting California at the state, regional and local levels. Join us after the panel for a happy hour and networking reception. Presented by the Brown University Real Estate Group (BREG) San Francisco and the Brown Club of San Francisco.
Apr
30
Tue
Oakland

City Trivia Night XV

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
The much-loved City Trivia Night is back at SPUR! Six themed rounds of searing questions relating to cities, architecture, urban planning and policy make this event the ultimate showcase of urbanist talent and planning geekery. Bring your own team of six or join up with other urbanists at the event to compete for the crown and prizes.

May 2019

May
1
Wed
San Francisco

Better Mobility Through Transportation Pricing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The Bay Area faces some particularly tough transportation challenges. Many residents don’t have affordable or reliable mobility options, traffic is at an all-time high and personal cars greatly contribute to climate change and air pollution. How can we better ensure that everyone is able to get where they need to go while limiting emissions and gridlock? One potential solution being examined would give travelers different mobility incentives through pricing. Come learn more about these pricing policies and the changes that they could bring to the Bay Area’s mobility landscape.
May
1
Wed
San Francisco

I Want You to Be Regionable

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Propaganda posters have a rich history in changing how cultures and societies view the world. Though these posters often play an important role during times of war — “I Want You for U.S. Army” and “We Can Do It!” being two of the most familiar to American audiences — they can be equally compelling during peacetime. As part of its Regional Strategy, SPUR has partnered with TBD*, a student-led design studio at California College of Arts, to examine what propaganda...
May
2
Thu
San Francisco

How Can We Build Megaprojects Right? 

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
The track record for megaproject implementation has been spotty in California, particularly here in the Bay Area. These large-scale infrastructure projects involve many complications and are typically implemented more slowly and more expensively than initially projected. Are such difficulties just par for the course for such endeavors? Are the odds stacked against us when building them? What can other professions teach us about quality assurance processes and learning from past mistakes? Come find out how we might do megaprojects right.
May
2
Thu
Oakland

Bayside Views From the Brooklyn Basin

Tour 3:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Basin, located on the waterfront between the Lake Merritt and Fruitvale BART stations, has been transformed from an industrial waterfront into a brand-new neighborhood. With the first phase of the project set to open this summer, the total plan will feature more than 30 acres of publicly accessible parks, trails and marinas, in addition to homes and shopping. Come see the floor plans and greenspaces and hear from the developers about what it took to bring this project to life.
May
7
Tue
San Francisco

How to Shrink Tenant Evictions

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Proposition F, passed by San Francisco voters in June 2018, mandates city-funded legal representation for all tenants facing eviction. To fully implement the new Tenant Right to Counsel program by July 2019, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is partnering with 10 legal services organizations that will assist in preventing unlawful evictions and displacement. Join us for an update from the city and its lead legal partner on this important effort.
May
8
Wed
San Francisco

POSTPONED: Machine Learning and Our Cities

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Unfortunately, this program has been postponed until the summer. Please check back soon for a new date. Machine learning, the ability for computers to use algorithms and statistical models to perform tasks without explicit instructions, has the potential to alter nearly every aspect of our daily lives — far beyond, for example, a digital assistant curating specific lines and images from news articles based on our past browsing history. In fact, many of the most profound changes may occur unseen, as machine learning shapes and reforms the world around us. Come learn about the vast world, and potential outcomes, of this nascent form of artificial intelligence.
May
8
Wed
San Jose

What Is San Jose Doing About Housing?

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In June 2018, San Jose’s city council approved its Housing Crisis Workplan, a comprehensive approach to one of our region’s greatest plights. The plan outlines several steps to address the current housing shortage and affordability challenges faced by innumerable San Joseans. As part of Affordable Housing Week, come learn about the progress that has been made over the previous year and the steps that need to be addressed next. Co-presented by SV @ Home.
May
8
Wed
San Jose

Understanding the Future of the Workforce

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
The Bay Area workforce is ever-changing, with constant disruptions created by new technology and innovations. How might we ensure that everyone has the agency to participate in the dialogues that will shape the future of work in our cities? Join us for an in-depth conversation around the trends and forces that are impacting the workforce, and hear about opportunities for change. Co-presented by American Leadership Forum. + Chris Benner / Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation + Luther Jackson /...
May
8
Wed
Oakland

Visualizing Oakland in 2100

Young Urbanists 6:00 p.m.
In the game Oakland 2100, players work together to imagine the future of the city, navigating trade-offs, prioritizing and placing investments, and engaging in the type of negotiations that happen in the building of cities every day. Join us for an interactive evening, facilitated by students of UC Berkeley’s Master of Urban Design program, as we manipulate a giant, 9-foot by 9-foot scale model to imagine the future possibilities for the whole of downtown Oakland.
May
9
Thu
San Francisco

Outside Lands, Infill Housing

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s outer, lower-density neighborhoods have opportunities for new growth and increased densification, in the form of adding affordable housing to the city’s western reaches. Join SPUR and the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) for a discussion about strategies to open up pathways for affordable housing in these neighborhoods. Speakers with on-the-ground experiences in development and organizing will shed light on the ways we can successfully bring infill housing to the city's outside lands. Co-presented by CCHO as part of this year's San Francisco Affordable Housing Week .
May
9
Thu
San Jose

What Palo Alto Is Doing to Address the Housing Crisis

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
In February 2018, Palo Alto’s city council adopted a Housing Work Plan to address the housing affordability crisis. As part of Affordable Housing Week, join us to learn more about these efforts and the changes expected later this year to generate critical “missing middle” homes.
May
10
Fri
San Francisco

Housing the Bay 2019

Special Program
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ULI San Francisco’s Housing the Bay is a collaborative initiative to address the Bay Area’s housing shortage and affordability crisis. By bringing together diverse representatives from various aspects of the land use and development lifecycle, ULI SF and its partners are working to foster innovative solutions in the areas of financing, cost of building, policy and the public process. Presented by ULI San Francisco. Learn more and register >>
May
14
Tue
San Francisco

Touring San Francisco’s First Green Benefit District

Tour 4:30 p.m.
While there are 16 benefit districts across San Francisco, the Dogpatch/NW Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD) was the first district of its kind in the city. Created by a coalition of neighbors in order to improve the community’s parks and streetscapes, the GBD, which focuses specifically on greening the public realm, has already made great strides in achieving its goals. Join us as we tour the projects already completed in the district and get a sneak peek at what is in store for this rapidly changing neighborhood.
May
15
Wed
Oakland

2020 Census: Everyone Counts

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
In just over a year, people from all sectors will 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 (like affordable housing and transportation) and more. A successful census will fully count those who are often hard to reach, such as renters, children, people experiencing homelessness, immigrants and people with limited English proficiency. Come to an action-oriented event to learn about the efforts already underway in Oakland and to discuss the role each of us can play in ensuring equitable success. Co-presented by New America CA.
May
16
Thu
Oakland

2019 SPUR Summer Party | Oakland

SPUR Summer Party
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual SPUR Oakland Member Party! This house and street party will feature DJs, drinks and delicious small plates from local vendors.
May
20
Mon
Oakland

Oakland's Fiscal Forecast

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
As Oakland begins the preparation of its 2019–2021 budget, two background reports have already been released to the City Council. One report features the financial realities that the city faces in adopting the next budget, while the second details a five-year fiscal forecast. The realities of both reports show a clear structural deficit and substantial financial challenges. What will it take for the city to balance a budget when faced with these pressing issues? Come hear from city leaders about Oakland’s fiscal health and what comes next in the budgetary process.
May
21
Tue
Oakland

Big Dreams for Bay Crossings

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
With current discussions actively focusing on Dumbarton rail, a second transbay tube and ferries galore, the future of travel across the San Francisco Bay is poised to look a lot different than it currently does. Regional growth that refuses to slow and an aging Transbay Tube greatly heighten the need for more, and better, options to cross the bay. Join panelists as they discuss the land use, technical and political decisions that lay ahead to make our big dreams for bay crossing come true.
May
21
Tue
Oakland

New Forms of Entrepreneurship

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
Join SPUR and the Kapor Center this spring for a three-part series about how tech can be done right. The employment landscape of the future could look far different than what we’re familiar with today. With the advent of new technology, including advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, what will the good jobs of the future look like? What will it take to build an equitable blue-collar tech workforce? In part three of the conversation, we’ll learn how new forms of entrepreneurship are expanding the definition of the workforce. Co-presented by the Kapor Center.
May
23
Thu
Oakland

A Vision for Megaregional Rail

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
As part of the Regional Strategy Initiative, SPUR and its partners have developed a proposal for a comprehensive rail network across the Northern California megaregion. Built on top of the existing network but enhanced by strategic investments, this new system could provide service anywhere around the bay in one hour and across the region in 90 minutes, all day long, while providing a framework for more sustainable growth. Hear more about the plan from experts in transit and regional planning
May
30
Thu
San Francisco

Is Local Media a Type of Public Space?

Evening Forum 6:00 p.m.
What role does local media play in our cities? Studies have shown that local newspapers increase the accountability of local government, keeping bureaucratic costs down while serving as a democratizing force. Is it time to consider local media to be a type of public space, subsidized in recognition of its function as a public good? Join us as we discuss whether media can and should be used to further public interests and the benefits that might come from doing so. Co-presented by Department of Here.

June 2019

Jun
12
Wed
San Jose

2019 SPUR Summer Party | San Jose

SPUR Summer Party
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual San Jose Member Party! Hosted at downtown's San Pedro Square Market, the party will feature live music, entertainment and cocktails and small plates from local vendors.
Jun
20
Thu
San Francisco

2019 SPUR Summer Party | San Francisco

SPUR Summer Party
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual San Francisco Member Party! This house and street party will feature DJs, dancing, several bars and delicious small plates from local vendors. 

October 2019

March 2020

Mar
20
Fri
San Jose

SPUR Impact Awards

SPUR Impact Awards 11:30 a.m.
The SPUR Impact Awards acknowledges outstanding impact by public sector employees in city and county government in Santa Clara County who are making a difference within government and the community at large in the areas of housing, transportation, placemaking and urban design, and sustainability and resilience.
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