This Week: Gov & Tech Happy Hour, SPUR Awards, Healthier Streets

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

  • Tuesday Government & Tech Happy Hour with Nick Josefowitz and Jay Nath. Join Nick Josefowitz for a happy hour and discussion with Jay Nath, former Chief Innovation Officer for the Mayor of SF (and current co-ED of City Innovate Foundation). They’ll talk about how we can use the power of tech and innovation to make SF better for everyone. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7-8:30 p.m., White Rabbit Bar, 3138 Filmore Street, S.F.
  • Tuesday Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon.  The Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon honors individuals whose lifetime achievements have made San Francisco and the Bay Area better places to live, work and play. Project displays from SPUR’s sponsoring companies provide an inside look at the latest and largest projects shaping our region. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m., Moscone Center, West, 3rd Floor, 800 Howard Street, S.F.
  • Wednesday Working for Healthier Streets. In January 2018, San Francisco launched a new Healthy Streets Operations Center (HSOC), which seeks to provide unified city services to the homelessness. As a joint operation among multiple agencies, the HSOC is able to coordinate appropriate responses to eliminate redundancy and ensure effectiveness. Hear more about the model and the lessons they’ve learned over nearly a year of operation. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, S.F.
  • Wednesday Spooky Pop-Up Outreach. Biking by the jughandle at Market and Valencia on Halloween? SF Bicycle Coalition staff will be outside their office, so stop by, say hi and get a high-five for biking in the city. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 4:30-6 p.m., SF Bicycle Coalition, 1720 Market, 1720 Market Street, S.F.
  • Thursday TOD the Japanese Way. Japan’s privatized rail companies earn up to one-third of their revenue from real estate development around stations, encouraging density around transit and ongoing financial viability. However, this is a model rarely seen in the United States. What lessons can we learn from Japan to apply to California rail systems? How are Bay Area rail agencies approaching transit-oriented development on land that they own around their stations? Thursday, Nov. 1, 12:30 p.m., SPUR San Jose, 76 South First Street, San Jose.
  • Saturday CityTeam Bike Build. Help Cityteam Oakland assemble brand new bikes. They will be giving away over 100 bikes to the disadvantaged youth. Please bring any bike tools you have to the event. This includes screw drivers, crescent wrenches, pliers, hex keys, etc. Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 722 Washington St, Oakland.
  • Saturday Artspan + JUMP Tour. ArtSpan is partnering with JUMP Bikes for a group tour of SF open studios hubs, groups sites, and artist studios in the Richmond & Sunset. There will be a fleet of up to 30 electric assist JUMP bicycles ready to ride. See Facebook on the day of the ride for live updates about where you can find the group. Saturday, Nov. 3,  11-5 p.m., starts at Avenue 12 Gallery, 1101 Lake Street, S.F.

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  • LazyReader

    Japan’s privatized rail companies earn up to one-third of their revenue from real estate development.” Which would be fine if BART or METRO had real estate to develop.

    What they don’t point out is why they resorted to that revenue stream in the first place. Japanese National Railways was a profitable, if state-owned, company
    when it build the first high-speed rail line in 1964. Political pressure to build more high-speed rail lines forced it to borrow 27 trillion yen ($285 billion in today’s dollars) to finance the construction of those lines and subsidize rail operations. The company effectively went bankrupt in 1987 and the government was forced to absorb most of the debt, which was a major factor in that country’s economic doldrums since that time. China, Spain, France, Italy, and other countries have also gone heavily into debt building high-speed rail. The 45 billion euro debt of France’s rail system is forcing the country to consider cutting some high-speed rail services. Italy and France may cancel a proposed high-speed rail line between the two countries for lack of funds.

    The Interstate Highway System cost about $500 billion in today’s dollars, nearly all of which came from highway user fees, and it carries around 20 percent of all passenger and freight travel in the U.S. The United States would have to spend at least that much money to build a Europe or Japan style high-speed rail system; third to half that to build a moderate speed rail network and it would carry no freight and would be lucky to attract a mere fraction of passenger travel.

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