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This Week: Land Use Decisions, SoMa Safety, In-Law Units

Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

    • Monday tonight! Who Makes Land Use Decisions? Local municipalities insist they know what’s best for their communities, but others argue there has to be a means to override choices of “bad actors” who exacerbate our housing crisis by preventing development. How can local communities make the best decisions that also meet regional needs? Join SPUR for a discussion about how we can resolve these tensions. Co-presented by Northern California APA. Monday, April 17, tonight! 6 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, SF.
    • Monday tonight! SoMa Member Committee. This committee of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition meets every month to talk through the latest street projects in SoMa and strategize how to hold the City accountable in delivering bike projects that are urgently needed. At this meeting, they will be discussing how to impact the upcoming open houses where new plans will be revealed for Folsom and Howard streets. Monday, tonight! April 17, 6-7:30 p.m., San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, 1720 Market St., SF.
    • Tuesday Bring on the Accessory Dwelling Units. UC Berkeley's Terner Center for Housing Innovation has released a new study entitled Unblocking the Market for Accessory Dwelling Units: Lessons Learned from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Join SPUR and the Urban Land Institute for a discussion of this study. Tuesday, April 18, 5-8 p.m., Bay Area Council, 353 Sacramento St., Suite 1000, SF. ULI Member / Non Member, Private Sector $45/ $60, Public & Nonprofit $40 / $55, YLG $35 / $50, Students $25/ $35.
    • Wednesday What's Going Up Downtown?. What new real estate development projects are being proposed or constructed in downtown San Jose? What's changed in the last few years, and what might it mean for downtown and for making the most of BART? Join SPUR for a discussion at its San Jose location. Wednesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m., 76 South First Street, San Jose.
    • Wednesday SFBC Strategic Planning Member Open House. SFBC's current strategic plan has guided its work for the past five years. A committee made up of board members and staff has formed to review progress to date on that plan and collect data to shape and inform the next one. Come hear what they're up to and give comment. Wednesday, April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sports Basement Grotto, 1590 Bryant Street, SF. Current SFBC members only. Bike parking is available in the Sports Basement parking garage with limited bike parking available inside the Grotto.
    • Thursday Berkeley Transportation Commission Considers Changes to Protected Intersection. The Alameda and Hopkins Street intersection has the first--and still only--protected intersection in the East Bay. This true-and-tried treatment from the Netherlands is relatively new in America, but it's a proven way to keep all road users safe. However, some local Berkeley motorists can't manage to navigate it with out crashing into the protection islands. Hmm...could speeding be a factor? The Transportation Commission will discuss the matter and hear comment on Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley.
    • Saturday Earth Day SF 2017. This year the festival will feature entertainment, panel discussions, and speakers at the ‘Eco Teach In’ section. There will be an organic celebrity chef showcase, organic and vegan food courts, wine and beer gardens, a clean energy zone, cutting edge earth friendly products, an electric vehicle showcase, a kids zone and more. Saturday, April 22, 10-7 pm, Civic Center Plaza, SF.

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