SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The San Francisco Grid

"The hills of San Francisco have always been eccentric – and charismatic – but the streets that cross and climb them are a legacy of 19th century planning. UC Berkeley professor Peter Bosselmann explores how the city’s original grid continues to shape contemporary urban planning and design."

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Shaping SF Talk: What Are Our Streets For?

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From sf-planning.org: Emerging visions for public thoroughfares challenge the 20th century paradigm of automobile-centric streets. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and wild critters are all demanding their own ways to cross the city. San Francisco’s “Green Connections” project seeks to integrate these new visions into San Francisco’s urban grid. Join Andy Thornley (SF Bike Coalition), Peter Brastow (Nature in […]

Forum: Finding a Place to Park

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From Mechanics’ Institute Library: Do you know where your car is right now? Join us for a spirited panel discussion on the state of parking in San Francisco. Learn about the historic struggle between the urban grid and the automobile and how committed San Francisco is to becoming a “Transit First” city. Panelists include historian […]

SPUR Evening Forum: A look ahead at California’s clean energy future

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From SPUR: The many statewide agencies responsible for regulating and planning energy use — including the California Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board and California Energy Commission — have recognized they cannot reach California’s ambitious clean energy goals without identifying their policy interdependencies and improving cooperation. A new jointly issued report, California’s Clean Energy Future,will guide the next decade of coordinated […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Smart growth in San Francisco

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"San Francisco has a unique urban fabric and dynamic neighborhoods. It also is the center of a growing region and home to the best transit infrastructure west of the Mississippi. Where should the new housing and jobs go? What are some of the planning tools that help planners decide? With Sarah Dennis-Phillips of the San […]

Growing Upper Market

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From SPUR: In 2008 San Francisco adopted the Market and Octavia Area Plan, which created new transit-oriented zoning and design guidelines for the area and simultaneously completed further design guidelines for Upper Market. Now many projects, including 1960 Market, 2001 Market and 2299 Market, are on the boards or under construction. Join representatives from the […]