This week was primarily about working on our final projects. I'm going to talk more about our final project in next week's blog. So for now, I actually want to focus on something that we did last week.
Last Thursday, we went to SPUR, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association. The non-profit does really impactful work in research, advocacy, and education surrounding planning and social issues in the Bay Area. It has three offices: San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, with programming areas ranging from regional planning, community planning, housing, transportation, and sustainability. A few members of SPUR's education team lead us through a guided exercise meant to make us think about the future of the Bay Area. There were four images of different ways the Bay Area may look in the future. While the scenarios were a bit extreme, they definitely did SPUR discussion. We talked about what we liked about the exercises and what we want the bay area to look like in the future.
In the end, we got to take home several copies of SPUR's magazine, The Urbanist. It made for some great train reading on my way home :)