Lectures & walking tours organized by SPUR (August)
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Held at 312 Sutter Street, 5th floor, from 12:30 - 1:30 (unless otherwise
Free to members; $5 for the public
Click here for a complete calendar of all events.
Thursday, August 7
Pietro Calogero, a Ph.D. candidate in City and Regional Planning at UC
Berkeley, will present his research on the reemergence of the Soviet
master plan in Afghanistan. Pietro asserts that planners are finally
beginning to implement some of the ideas in the five-year plans dating
from 1978, and suggests some implications for urban planning in the Global
Tuesday, August 12
Walking Tour of Lake Merced
Join David Behar of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Dick
Morten, a SPUR board member and member of the Lake Merced Task Force, for
a first-hand look at the opportunities identified by the watershed
planning process being conducted by the SFPUC. Space is limited, so
reserve your place by e-mailing info@..., or by calling 415-781-8726
x122. This tour is limited to SPUR members only. Location details will be
sent upon registration.
Tuesday, August 12
Walking [in the city]: A Tour of the Presidio Main Post
Special time: 5:30 pm (tour); 7 pm (drinks)
Meeting place: 50 Moraga Ave. at Arguello (tour); La Tarresse, 215 Lincoln
Join SPUR Young Urbanists for a walking tour of the Presidio Main Post.
Leaders of this 90-minute guided walk will describe the historic Main
Post, and discuss ideas for revitalizing it as the heart of an urban
national park. The walking tour will conclude at the La Terrasse
restaurant at approximately 7:00 pm. As space is limited, RSVP today to
events@... or 415-781-8726 x120. SPUR's Young Urbanist events are
presented with the generous support of the Koret Foundation.
Wednesday, August 13
A Preview of Slow Food Nation
As part of Slow Food Nation, local delegates of the city's design
community have formed an advisory committee to forge relationships with
the food community, and to reinvigorate a sense of civic life around a
heightened awareness of food production. Joining us will be Anya Fernald,
executive director of Slow Food Nation, along with advisory committee
members Hans Baldauf, John Bela, Michael Bernard and John Peterson, who
will present some of the programs and designs for this Labor Day weekend
festival, including the installation of a temporary "victory garden" in
front of City Hall.
Thursday, August 14
How will high speed rail affect the Bay Area and Central Valley?
Dan Leavitt, Deputy Director of the California High Speed Rail Authority,
will explain what kinds of transit improvements we can expect from the
inclusion of the Altamont Pass as a "secondary" link between the Bay Area
and the Central Valley. Also, we'll have a look at some of SPUR's work to
evaluate the potential of transit-oriented development around the new
Central Valley train stations.
Tuesday, August 19
The Presidio and the American West
Join Col. Whitney Hall, former Presidio Post Commandant; Gary Widman,
president of the Presidio Historical Association; Lt. Col. Redmond F.
Kernan, vice president of the PHA; and Lucia Bogatay of Bogatay Architects
for a presentation of how the Presidio's rich history, and its role in the
evolution of the American West, might be made available to the visiting
Wednesday, August 20
Building the Worker's Public Sphere
Join Ocean Howell, an urban historian and Ph.D candidate at UC Berkeley,
for a presentation of his research on how "improvement clubs" and labor
unions in San Francisco's Mission District shaped the neighborhood's
commercial geography during the period of rapid expansion following the
1906 earthquake and fire.
Thursday, August 21
San Francisco's Sunday Streets
San Francisco's own "Sunday Streets" is a proposal to close a section of
streets along the city's eastern edge for public recreation. Learn from
Cheryl Brinkman, president of Livable City, and Wade Crowfoot of the
mayor's office, about the details of and philosophy behind this proposal
to bring the parks to the people.
Tuesday, August 26
How did the City close a $338 million budget deficit?
Although we now have an approved $6.5 billion City budget, we began the
budget season with over $300 million in deficits. How did we close the
gap? Join Nani Coloretti and Greg Wagner from the mayor's budget office as
they give us the insider's view of the budget and budgeting process.
Wednesday, August 27
Learning from Toronto
What are the latest developments happening in Canada's biggest city? Join
SPUR Policy Director Sarah Karlinsky, SPUR President Jim Chappell, Board
Member Kelly Dearman and Ted Egan, the City's Chief Economist for a
presentation of what they learned from this year's study trip to Toronto.
Thursday, August 28
Tour of the new Oakland Cathedral
This tour will be led by the architect, Craig Hartman of the San Francisco
office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and will be limited to a maximum of
20 SPUR members. RSVP to info@... to reserve your spot and receive
information on the meeting place and time.
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