SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Optimism, Modernism and the cult of expertise

"Modernism was defined by a faith in the transformative capacity of
expertise. Organizations like CIAM and Telesis produced manifestos and
visionary schemes for urban transformation. Peter Allen, urban
historian and UC Berkeley doctoral candidate, will explore this crucial
characteristic of the modernist vision: an optimistic belief in
humanity’s power to shape the future.

Okay to bring lunch."



Talking Headways Podcast: Civil Rights on the Road

This week we’re joined by Anna Zivarts from Disability Rights Washington and Paulo Nunes-Ueno from Front and Centered. They join us to talk about the Disability Mobility Initiative and the Mobility Bill of Rights.  We also chat about why mobility experiments might make travel harder for disabled travelers and why road safety is a core part of civil rights.

With Two MTA Directors Termed Out, Advocates Ponder Wish List

Photo: Michael Rhodes The City Attorney’s office has determined that the short first terms of MTA Board members Shirley Breyer Black and James McCray do count towards the three-term limit for directors, meaning both are termed out as of May 1. That answers an open question about the seats that Streetsblog first raised last month. […]

San Francisco Living: AIA Home Tours Weekend

"This popular weekend showcases modernism at its finest and features a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and distinctive San Francisco residences, all in keeping with this year’s theme of Everyday, Design. AIA recommends biking the Home Tours weekend. Bicyclists must purchase day-of tickets at the Home Tours Headquarters and must show up with their […]

SFMTA Drafting Design Standards to Streamline Innovative Bike Treatments

The SFMTA is developing a new engineering guide for bike infrastructure that should help bring street designs like protected bike lanes to more San Francisco streets. Known as the Innovative Bicycle Treatment Toolbox, the guide promises to accelerate the city’s adoption of high-quality bikeway design treatments. “The Innovative Bicycle Treatment Toolbox creates standardized guidance for […]