COVID-19 and SPUR Events

Due to the Bay Area's shelter-in-place order, SPUR has suspended in-person events until further notice. We are moving as many events as possible online. Read more >>

 

August 2020

Aug
6
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

The New Future of the Office

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
How has COVID-19 changed how designers and companies are looking at office functionality? And what lasting impacts will these changes have on real estate, the labor market and the economy? Hear from a panel of experts as they discuss the new future of the office.
Aug
6
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

City Trivia Night XVIII

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
The much-loved City Trivia Night is back at SPUR — and this time it's all online! Five 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.
Aug
7
Fri
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

An Emergency Discussion to Save Public Transit

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
It is imperative that Congress passes $32 billion in federal transit funding as part of its upcoming stimulus package. Come hear from some of California's top transit leaders and advocates as they discuss the critical role of the federal government in funding transportation, the equity implications resulting from the potential collapse of our transit networks and the relationship between transit, public health and climate change.
Aug
10
Mon
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Planning for a More Stable and Resilient Downtown

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Downtowns and retail districts across the country have been subjected to devastations in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent recession. In response, San José's Downtown Association initiated a process to create a plan that will expedite the stabilization, recovery and resilience of the downtown. Come learn more about the recommendations in the plan and how they will be implemented.
Aug
11
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Better Buses, Better Cities

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Here in the U.S., buses have long been an afterthought in budgeting and planning, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The book, Better Buses, Better Cities, describes the implementable steps necessary to marshal widespread support and strengthen collaboration between everyone from community activists to transportation department heads in order to evolve the role of the bus on our streets.
Aug
13
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Ensuring Equity in Public Space

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
Many public spaces have been designed to prevent certain types of behaviors, uses and even people. If we want our public spaces to be open and accessible for all people, we must rethink how we engage, design and maintain these places. Join a panel of experts from across the country to explore the challenges and triumphs of creating truly equitable public space in our cities.
Aug
13
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

CANCELED: Housing Stability in the Age of COVID-19

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
Housing has never been more critical to the health of our residents and communities than now. Join us for a discussion on how the affordable housing landscape in San Francisco has changed over the last several months and what needs to be done now to address our communities’ near- and long-term economic impacts related to COVID-19.
Aug
20
Thu
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

A Rare Opportunity to Reform Prop. 13

Evening Forum 5:00 p.m.
This November, voters will find a new measure on the ballot that seeks to rescind the property tax protections for commercial and industrial land uses, allowing them to be taxed at full market value and generating up to $12 billion annually for schools and local governments. Come learn about the impacts and drawbacks of the measure and what it’ll take to implement if it passes.
Aug
25
Tue
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Developing for the Missing Middle

Lunchtime Forum 12:30 p.m.
What about households who can’t afford market-rate housing but don’t qualify for affordable housing? How do we create housing for those in the “missing middle”? What financing tools can and should be available to address this gap, and what zoning changes are needed to encourage the production of smaller and less expensive housing units? Come examine these questions with experts of “missing middle” development.
Aug
26
Wed
San Francisco + San José + Oakland

What’s Next for Food Incentives and the Grocery Industry?

Lunchtime Forum 11:00 a.m.
The grocery industry has had to adapt to new safety requirements, customer demands and supply chain interruptions, prompting innovations that help grocers buffer their already thin margins. Food incentives at retail locations have been a way for the grocery industry to supplement their EBT sales and increase overall revenue. Come hear how the approach to offering incentives has changed as a result of the pandemic.
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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