Welcome to the 97th episode of Urbcast, in which we will talk about: How to translate civic planning into action? 🧐
Why should we talk about it?
Urban and regional planning imposes a lot of complexity due to a big size and multiple layers of the context. This is why we look closer at the San Francisco Bay Area’s civic planning organisation that has an experience in simplifying big frameworks.
Why is it worth listening to?
Because Alicia shares her vast experience, not only as the CEO of SPUR, but also from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the City and County of San Francisco. It is a useful overview on the San Francisco Bay Area’s urban planning challenges and solutions to those.
About the guest:
Alicia John-Baptiste – is the President & CEO at SPUR which is a non-profit public policy organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, that brings people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. SPUR is recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for its independent and holistic approach to urban issues.
The topics we discussed:
- What is the main aim and story behind the SPUR organization?
- Why should we avoid perfectionism in urban planning?
- What are the biggest challenges for the San Francisco Bay Area?
- How to translate vast visions and plans into action?
- What is the role of design offices and other actors in the process?
- What is the future of the San Francisco Bay Area?
You get to know more about Alicia, SPUR or Henning Larsen:
- Alicia: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicia-john-baptiste/
- SPUR: https://www.spur.org
- SPUR’s Regional Strategy—The Bay Area of 2070: https://www.spur.org/featured-project/spur-regional-strategy
- Henning Larsen: https://henninglarsen.com/en
You can listen to the episode at: urbcast.pl/en/episode97