SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Learning from San José

"What can San Francisco learn from San José, its larger and faster
growing neighbor? Speakers will explore the need for an urban center in
Silicon Valley and the project of retrofitting suburban neighborhoods in
and around San José. With Kim Walesh of the City of San José, Connie
Martinez
of 1stACT Silicon Valley and Egon Terplan of SPUR."

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