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Shaping San Francisco
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From the weird madness of the Reber Plan to dam both ends of the Bay into freshwater lakes in the 1950s to the Save the Bay movement of the early 1960s that helped create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, we’ve come a long way in a half century. Today’s open shorelines, closed trash dumps, and returning wetlands honor and preserve our greatest public resource. Historian  Chuck Wollenberg and  Steve Goldbeck  from BCDC.
Topics: Bay, landfill, sewage, resilience, dams, earthen dams, fresh water, salt water, crackpot plans,...
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The San Francisco Poster Syndicate has been creating inspiring silkscreen posters at protests, demonstrations, street fairs, art events, and parties for the past decade or more. A steady stream of new participants has kept it fresh, and tonight we’ll hear from veterans and newbies alike. Art Hazelwood, Jos Sances, Lucia Ippolito, Joanna Ruckman , and Christopher Statton , and more!
Topics: posters, political posters, art and politics, free, silkscreening, demonstrations, public space,...
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Touted by the tech industry as a way to preserve livelihoods in a time of automation replacing workers, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is not a new concept.  As a poverty alleviation idea, it has resonance in the EPIC program of 1930s California, and similar ideas were floated by leaders of social movements of the 1960s, including MLK, Jr. and the Black Panthers in their Ten Point Program. Through a discussion of UBI we take a look at the nature of work and classifying invisible work as work,...
Topics: Universal Basic Income, Negative Income Tax, EPIC, Black Panthers 10-point Program, economic...
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Hidden San Francisco : Book Release and Birthday! Join Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson on his 63rd birthday as he presents his new book, Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories . After a quarter century of curating the digital archive at foundsf.org , and conducting bike and walking tours, this book captures the unique and serendipitous connections that course through Shaping San Francisco’s ongoing work.
Topics: history, historiography, San Francisco, guidebook, storytelling, narrative arc, digital media,...
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A "Walk and Talk," featuring Lew Springer (assoc. director of Natural Resources at the Presidio National Park) and Joel Pomerantz (thinkwalks.org and Seep City), along with Shaping San Francisco hosts LisaRuth Elliott and Chris Carlsson. We began at the Crissy Field restoration, and followed the watershed up through the recently opened Quartermaster Reach, Thompson Reach, YMCA Reach, MacArthur Meadow, then up Lover's Lane and the Goldsworthy "Tree Line" before returning to...
Topics: wetlands, riparian corridor, marshes, restoration, habitat, species, National Parks, Presidio,...
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Bicycling, Immigration and Neoliberalism: Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the problems of bicycling politics, who speaks for bicycling, who actually bicycles and why, and how the issues surrounding class identity affects the broader environmental movements.
Topics: greenwashing, greenmail, neoliberalism, LEED standards, bicycling, immigration, equity, social...
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Podcasts are shaping the presentation of history through audio delivery. Hosts of several local series tell us why they chose this new technology to delve into the past and how they gauge success. Hear clips of each program in a special podcast challenge! With  David Gallagher  and  Woody LaBounty  (The Western Neighoborhoods Project  Outside Lands San Francisco ),  Liam O’Donoghue  ( East Bay Yesterday ), and  David Boyer  ( The Intersection ).
Topics: video, podcasts, oral history, journalism, history, ethics, storytelling, East Bay, San Francisco,...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Tom was there at the founding of Friends of the Earth, working closely with David Brower, and edited the FoE journal "Not Man Apart."
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental justice, social justice,...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Miya Yoshitani works with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) for whom she has worked in Australia and the East Bay. She has a long history in environmental justice activism.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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Susan Swift was involved in the Abalone Alliance anti-nuclear efforts of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was one of the only paid staffers during the lead-up to the big blockade and occupation of the PG&E Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. She has also been involved in a variety of environmental and labor campaigns during the years.
Topics: ecology, anti-nuclear, Diablo Canyon, Abalone Alliance, economy, work
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Bill Evers was a founder of the California Planning & Conservation League, a member of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and a long-time board member of the Greenbelt Alliance. His mother was a cofounder of the Marin Conservation League in the 1930s!
Topics: ecology, planning, conservation, Planning & Conservation League, Marin Conservation League,...
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In the midst of the ongoing tech boom in the Bay Area, the biotech industry gets less attention than social media and “sharing” unicorns. What is going on with the push for “synthetic biology”? What are the implications for politics, manufacturing, medicine? Will the boundary between life and artifice persist? How do embedded paradigms reflect deeper assumptions about the structure of modern life? with Elliot Hosman, Pete Shanks , and Tito Jankowski .
Topics: Synthetic biology, ethics, bioethics, gender, DNA, red line, designer babies, human genome,...
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Crossing centuries and social mores, editors  Ivy Anderson  and  Devon Angus  ( Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitute ) and author  Clare Sears  ( Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco ) take us into 19th Century San Francisco’s underworld of prostitutes, cross dressers, and others who transgressed the strict gender norms of the time. We look at how normative gender and sexuality were policed and created by widespread mid-1800s...
Topics: gender, sexuality, cross-dressing, policing, normativity, sex work, prostitution, SF Bulletin,...
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During a Shaping San Francisco Public Talk on Storytelling and Memory Keepers, artist Susan Schwartzenberg describes the development and creation of the "Rosie The Riveter" national monument in Richmond, California.
Topics: World War II, Rosie the Riveter, women, women's work, liberty ships, Richmond, Kaiser shipyards
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Carlo Middione, who arrived in North Beach around 1958, describes his life during those early, inexpensive and carefree years...
Topics: North Beach, Italian, food, rent, housing, 1950s
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A silent bike ride around the top of Bayview Hill in San Francisco. Views to all directions, and a full circumnavigation of the upper road.
Topics: Bayview Hill, bicycling, views, San Francisco, Visitacion Valley, Hunter's Point
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Herb Mills, retired Secretary-Treasurer of ILWU Local 10, describes here the solidarity among longshoremen on the job which gives rise to moral actors, reinforcing an ethical system of mutual respect and mutual aid that was the underpinning of the longshore union during its heyday from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Topics: longshoremen, ILWU, morality, solidarity, cooperation, mutual aid
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A greeting from Bicis del Pueblo in San Francisco to the attendees of the World Bike Forum #7 in Lima, Peru, February 22-26, 2018.
Topics: bicycles, bikes, youth, talleres, workshops
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Longtime activist Nina Serrano describes how she became a poet and writer and a contributor (along with her husband and son) to the San Francisco Good Times  newspaper... and how it led her to reclaim her original last name!
Topics: journalism, poetry, 1960s, Good Times, underground press, feminism
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER in the Mission, talks about the promises and perils of the organizing effort to create In Chan Kajaal park at 17th and Folsom. The interview took place before construction on the park had begun, but it is now open, as of Summer 2017.
Topics: parks, Recreation & Park Dept., immigration, Mayan, housing, organizing, public space
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Experimental filmmaker Greta Snider talks about gender behind the camera.
Topics: Snider, experimental, film, gender
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How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film archivist and librarian ...
Topics: archives, memory, hypertext, links, nonlinearity, public libraries, public collections, diversity,...
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Efforts to integrate history and ecological restoration can be found tucked away in most San Francisco neighborhoods. Neighborhood greenways and corridors are most often the result of initial community-based activism to beautify an urban space, and end up becoming much more complex projects. Sophie Constantinou shares stories of creating the Buchanan Street Mall project and a newly accessible open space along the Bernal Cut, and how the different neighborhoods shaped these similar projects....
Topics: public space, neighborhood corridors, wildlife, habitat, gardens, parks, vollunteers, Recreation...
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On November 30, 1999 the World Trade Organization was prevented from meeting in Seattle by unprecedented phalanxes of self-organized protesters who filled the streets, tied up key intersections, blockaded the convention center, and used video and the internet in ways they’d never been used before. Bay Area activists were in the middle of it all, and veterans of that experience will revisit that moment to help us rethink this moment. With Anuradha Mittal, David Solnit, Eddie Yuen, Steve...
Topics: Globalization, alter-globalization, protest, Seattle, WTO, food politics, campesinos, ILWU, port...
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Art & Politics: Miranda Bergman Miranda Bergman , a Mission District resident for many decades and local icon, has been painting public murals since the 1970s when she started as a member of the Haight Ashbury muralists. Her involvement in Central America, Palestine, and women’s politics has shaped her participation in epic works such as Maestrapeace , a Placa mural in Balmy Alley, and many others around the Bay Area and the world.
Topics: murals, community murals, women, children, seniors, San Francisco, Mission DIstrict, Balmy Alley,...
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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton continues the second part of his oral history, describing his re-engagement with activism in 1992 as part of the public campaign against the 500th anniversary of the landing of Columbus. From there he goes to Haiti and begins a decades-long effort to support the people of Haiti against the depradations of US power. He also connects with prisoners in Pelican Bay State Prison and eventually pens a one-man show about solitary confinement. And much more!
Topics: Columbus, indigenous rights, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile, prisons, solitary confinement, San Quentin...
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Excerpted from the Ecology Emerges interview with Susan Swift. She is a former Abalone Alliance staffer who grew disaffected and resigned a year after the big Diablo Canyon direct action campaign, in part due to the inability of the Abalone Alliance to make alliances with organized labor,or to even consider the plight of folks who couldn't easily take days of their lives to sit in jails, or camp out in protest, etc.
Topics: Abalone Alliance, ecology, anti-nuclear, labor, tactics
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The “Language of Water” is a vision to retrofit strategic locations of the Islais Creek Watershed to reduce flood risk and invest in real resiliency from sea level rise, drought, flooding and demonstrating the state of the art practices available to the agency or the cities. This proposal includes plans to create multi-purpose, distributed infrastructure for water supply, wastewater and stormwater treatment and the incorporation of creek daylighting and floodable spaces that make room for...
Topics: sewers, sewerage, composting toilets, Hetch Hetchy, rainwater, graywater, black water, Islais...
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Before San Francisco: Spanish and Mexican Peninsula From the original encounters between local indigenous peoples and the first Spanish arrivals, to the spread of the disruptive Mission cattle-based economy, Mexican independence, and eventual abolition of Indian slavery, the peninsula that became San Francisco had a fascinating and overlooked pre-urban history. Author Adriana Camarena covers the period when Mexico was fragmenting and local Californios existed in a pastoral but brutal local...
Topics: Ohlone, indigenous, Californios, ranchos, Spanish empire, Mexico, Mexican Independence,...
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Shaping San Francisco invites you on a tour of India Basin’s shoreline open space, parks, and historic sites. Not only will you get a close-up tour of this much neglected part of San Francisco, but we’ll be discussing San Francisco’s efforts to plan for sea-level rise even while the overlooked shoreline is suddenly spruced up and made publicly available like never before. After our walk we’ll chat at the west end of India Basin.
Topics: Heron's Head, India Basin, redevelopment, Hunter's Point, shoreline, sealevel rise, Islais Creek,...
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Molly Martin, interviewed in February 2019, discusses working on the Women's Building as an electrician, and then the controversy over women entering the SF Police Department as officers, and its relationship to jobs and women's work.
Topics: Lesbians, police, Women's Building, discrimination, equal rights
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El Polín Spring and the area around it is a great example of how National Park stewardship has brought history to life. Follow the water through MacArthur Meadow, the Tennesee Hollow watershed, to the Crissy Field marshes—including the newly restored Quartermaster Reach. With Lew Stringer, Joel Pomerantz, LisaRuth Elliott, and Chris Carlsson.
Topics: water, restoration, Presidio, Crissy Field, Tennessee Hollow, MacArthur Meadow, Quartermaster...
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Longtime poet and activist Nina Serrano describes how she organized, without any prior experience, a demonstration on Market Street to demand the freedom to travel--then, as now, banned or restricted by the U.S. government with respect to Cuba and other countries.
Topics: Travel ban, Freedom to Travel, Cuba, 1960s, San Francisco
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A short clip from a longer interview with Josephine Firpo-Alioto and her daughter Regina Alioto in which they recount the 1920s and 1930s Italian community on Potrero Hill, in particular describing the vibrant Italian Men's Social Clubs of the time.
Topics: Italian, Potrero Hill, 1930s, Alioto, San Francisco
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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione tells the story of providing a building in the late 1960s to Angela Davis and "her group" at Fillmore and Golden Gate, and the surprising thing that happened as a result.
Topics: Angela Davis, black power, arsenal, arms, 1960s, Redevelopment Agency
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First 90 seconds of Chris Carlsson setting up how he's using the FoundSF.org archive to create a narrative arc explaining the context and precursor movements and events to the 1967 Summer of Love. Filmed at the DeYoung Museum on June 30, 2017 by Adriana Camarena.
Topics: public history, history, historiography, storytelling, narrative form, narration, multimedia,...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers describes how he became involved with the food giveaway which was the ransom demanded by the Symbionese Liberation Army of the Hearst family for the then-kidnapped Patty Hearst.
Topics: People In Need (PIN), food giveaway, SLA, Patty Hearst, William Randolph Hearst, ransom, 1974,...
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Saul Bloom of ARC/Ecology in San Francisco describes his history as a Greenpeace staffer and early involvement in anti-nuke politics, with a focus on the campaign to stop the homeporting of the USS Missouri in San Francisco in the 1980s. The USS Missouri, during Reagan's administration, was slated to be redesigned to carry cruise missiles and thus become a first-strike launching pad for nuclear war.
Topics: Nuclear weapons, nukes, anti-nuke, USS Missouri, homeporting, Fleet Week
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Ten minutes from the May 5, 2015 demonstration in front of 2840-2848 Folsom Street in San Francisco during the last open house before offers went in... some words from Carin McKay, Kirk Read, and Chris Carlsson, all tenants, and a short postscript from Mokai... video by Nick Kasimatis... many thanks!
Topics: displacement, eviction, San Francisco, housing, Land Trust, SF Community Land Trust, Frances...
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Last year we embarked on a grand collaborative journey through the under-recognized LGBTQ+ history of North Beach with Seth Eisen’s OUT of Site performative walking tours. Seth returns with a look at his new SOMA tours coming in June and September, bringing forgotten queer histories and sites to life and exploring the intersections of labor history, the leather scene, bars, nightlife, and the immigrant experience.   This is part of a series of solo artists giving a behind-the-scenes and...
Topics: queer, two-spirit, gay, LGBTQ, history, walking tours, performance, historical tours, SOMA, Happy...
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Jason Mark, editor of Earth Island Journal and an active farmer at the Alemany Farm in San Francisco, interviewed as part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project. The project documents participants in the ecology movement in the San Francisco Bay over the past 50 years.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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During the national marches against the NRA and the accelerating madness of mass shootings, San Franciscans turned out in large numbers to join the protest. This is at the corner of 7th and Market as demonstrators walked by for 4 minutes, but the entire length of the march took more than 45 minutes to pass... estimates put the crowd between 35,000 and 80,000... count them here!
Topics: guns, war, violence, mass shootings, protests, demonstrations, NRA, anti-NRA, National Rifle...
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Art & Politics:  Seth Eisen "OUT of Site" Seth Eisen and James Metzger and collaborators Colin Creveling, Rayan Hayes, Mary Vice, and Diego Gomez bring to life research and performance excerpts from Eye Zen Presents's newest project (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco.  This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically created community, how our communities...
Topics: queer, gay, homosexual, essentialism, assimilationism, history, historiography, queer history,...
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Public Art and Murals: Controversy, Neglect, Restoration Not always seen by all as a public benefit, public art faces sometimes quiet neglect, sometimes outrage and controversy. Earlier this year, San Francisco Poet Laureate  Kim Shuck  brought attention to the appeal to remove the Pioneer Monument’s “Early Days” statue of a subjugated and emaciated indigenous figure in Civic Center. Calling for a rehearing, she wrote a poem each day—55 in all—until the Board of Appeals granted one...
Topics: Indigenous California, Ohlone, public art, statues, murals, tagging, vandalism, community,...
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Chuck Wollenberg  presents his new book  Rebel Lawyer  about Wayne Collins and his defense of Japanese-American rights during and after WWII. Novelist and essayist  Karen Tei Yamashita  shares her introduction to John Okada’s  No-No Boy , the only 1950s novel to reflect on the post-Internment experience among Japanese-American families.
Topics: Japanese Internment, WWII, racism, anti-Asian racism, Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese Exclusion,...
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Women, Power, and the Vote:  1911 Suffrage to the 2018 Midterms Given the predictable buzz developing about the 2018 midterm elections and the predictions of a blue wave/a female wave, we want to convene a discussion rooted in history that can critically take on this frame of mind, especially in light of the recent election of London Breed and the likely re-election of Dianne Feinstein. It's not like we haven't had decades of powerful female politicians and leaders who have by and large done...
Topics: voting, elections, political power, grassroots, organizing, housing, race, gender, politicians,...
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Summer 2014 campaign video to gain long-term sustainers to support the ongoing work of Shaping San Francisco, a vital public utility (though seldom recognized as such) that provides a living archive of San Francisco, and by the project's very existence, holds down an important niche in the local cultural ecology of the City. Walking and Bicycle history tours, Public Talks both live and archived online, and the ever-expanding archive at Foundsf.org are irreplaceable treasures of San Francisco's...
Topics: history, politics, ecology, tours, bicycles, walking, fundraising, support, sustainers, 3% Solution
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Yolanda Lopez, 1942-2021, was a San Francisco artist and activist from San Diego originally, with roots in the San Francisco State College strike 1968-69. She went on to a long engagement with the Mission District community, co-founding Basta Ya! Newspaper in conjunction with the Committee to Defend Los Siete in 1970. Her art has come to be more recognized since her passing, with a major show in San Diego in late 2021. In this clip she discusses her beard, shaving, her use of Hormone...
Topics: beard, women's beards, women's hair, shaving, feminism, public health, doctors, women's health,...
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Kent Minault, an original Digger from San Francisco in the 1960s, describes the events at the beginning of 1967, starting with the Diggers' effort to critique and provoke the Human Be-In, then the emergence of the Artists Liberation Front, and gives a first-hand account of the epic Invisible Circus that took place at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin.
Topics: Diggers, Be-In, Artists Liberation Front, ALF, Emmett Grogan, Peter Berg, Peter Coyote, Invisible...
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The final Urban Forum: Walk n Talk of Spring 2022, we started at CCSF and heard from longtime Labor Studies chair Bill Shields, followed by Marcy Rein, co-author of the 2020 book Free City (PM Press). Then we walked through the historic installation near the MUNI turnaround, down Ocean Avenue, along Urbano to the Urbano Sundial, and ended at San Francisco State University where we heard from Katynka Martinez, chair of Latino/Latina Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies. Other stories...
Topics: CCSF, SFSU, accreditation, teachers unions, faculty strikes, San Francisco State strike, 1968-68,...
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John Knox, Executive Director of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, has been a resident of Noe Valley since the early 1970s. Here he describes some early community activism he was involved in and some of the old-timers he ran up against, as well as a funny anecdote about an awards ceremony with Mayor Moscone in City Hall.
Topics: Noe Valley, neighborhood association, community organizing, solar homes, 1970s solar energy,...
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Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working with Enid Sales and the effort to save old Victorians by moving them from one place to another in the A-1 and A-2 redevelopment projects in the 1960s.
Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Victorians, moving Victorians, architecture, preservation, Western Addition,...
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Nina Serrano, longtime activist and poet, describes living in San Francisco during the 1965-67 period, raising her children in what was in fact a fairly utopian moment in history.
Topics: Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, hippies, freaks, revolution, culture, peace, love
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Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes how his mother, a Salvadoran immigrant, worked at Levi's on Valencia for decades.
Topics: Levi's, immigrants, Salvadoran, El Salvador, seamstress, sewing, garment work, Excelsior
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The Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park recently underwent extensive renovation, bringing to public view murals and sculptures from the WPA that have long been hidden and overlooked. Other beautiful artworks grace public buildings throughout the East Bay and San Francisco, including Coit Tower, and on Treasure Island, where Maritime Museum artists went on to create work for the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. Join  Richard Everett  (Maritime Museum),  Anne Schnoebelen  (Treasure...
Topics: New Deal, art, architecture, WPA, PWA, murals, Diego Rivera, SF Arts Association, San Francisco Art...
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Oscar Grande, organizer with PODER, describes growing up in the Excelsior and how his family was so frugal that recycling all sorts of things was just common sense for them. Originally interviewed as part of the "Ecology Emerges" project of Shaping San Francisco in 2011.
Topics: recycling, reuse, frugality, Excelsior, Salvadoran, immigrants
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Gopal Dayaneni  (Movement Generation)  and  Jason Mark  (editor,  Sierra Magazine ) discuss urbanity and ecological crisis from their ultra-local, regional, and national perspectives of environmental and ecological justice. The rights of nature, devolution, democratization, and distribution, capitalism and patriarchy, all come in for scrutiny in this wide-ranging discussion.
Topics: Cities, places, ecological justice, social justice, capitalism, patriarchy, decentralization,...
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One of the interviews under the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history collection, tracing the arc from conservation to environmental justice, 1960s to the present. John Knox is the executive director of the Earth Island Institute, the third environmental organization founded by David Brower. EII is an incubator for dozens of other ecology activist organizations, and Knox has been at the epicenter of many of them since the early 1980s.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, environmental justice, Earth Island Institute, Friends of the Earth,...
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Stan Weir, 1921-2001, was a longtime labor radical... called "Red" during his days as a longshoreman, he led 57 B-Men in a Kafkaesque struggle with Harry Bridges and the ILWU Executive Committee, after they were cashiered over breaking rules that had been developed secretly and imposed retroactively! Weir's many writings covered rank-and-file union politics, focusing on as he liked to put it, "unions that stay on the job." In this 2-hour 1997 interview/discussion with Chris...
Topics: rank-and-file, wildcat strikes, union democracy, hierarchy, unions that stay on the job, AFL-CIO,...
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A half dozen stairways, open spaces, and incredible views and gardens all across the upper slopes of Eureka Valley and Corbett Heights, above the Castro, and below Twin Peaks. Featuring histories and digressions from Chris Carlsson, occasional contributions from local neighborhood residents Grace Gellerman and Danny Grobani, and a host of friends who came along for the walk.
Topics: Eureka Valley, Corbett Heights, Al's Park, Falcon Street, Nobby Clarke's Folly, Clarke Mansion,...
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Longtime activist Charlie Hinton describes his arrival in San Francisco in 1971 and his subsequent involvement in Left and Gay politics, including being a member of Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL) from its founding in 1975 to its dissolution in 1979. He also covers the role of labor organizing, the Coors boycott, UFW solidarity, and the San Francisco Teachers' Union efforts to establish a gay curriculum. With a strong focus on anti-imperialist political organizing, Hinton describes the...
Topics: BAGL, Gay, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Bay Area Gay Liberation, anti-imperialism, Chilean solidarity,...
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Louise Fields, whose father once owned a thriving bookshop on Polk Street, describes her memories of life in that part of town, in the bookstore, and various other moments in her life.
Topics: books, bookstore, Polk Street, Polk gulch, philosophy, Polk Gulch Fair, beatniks
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Regina Alioto and her mother Josephine Firpo-Alioto describe how Frank Alioto (father and husband) worked with the Coast Guard during WWII and had to enforce the ban on non-citizen Italian fishermen going to sea. Further descriptions reveal the arbitrary and unfair treatment of Italians by the U.S. government during the WWII period.
Topics: WWII, Fisherman's Wharf, coast guard, fishing ban, Italians, Italian Americans, POWs
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Former Redevelopment official Carlo Middione describes his views on the relationship between the Redevelopment Agency, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and African-American churches during the 1960s.
Topics: redevelopment, ILWU, churches, housing politics, 1960s, African American pastors, patronage...
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Former Redevelopment Agency official Carlo Middione describes working for notorious Agency head Justin Herman and what he was really like.
Topics: Redevelopment Agency, Justin Herman, SFRDA, urban politics
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The 3% Solution Campaign, a summer sustainer drive to support Shaping San Francisco as a public utility providing essential history to the city of San Francisco: walking and bicycle tours, public Talks (both live and archived online at shapingsf.org), and our ever-expanding archive of local history at foundsf.org.
Topics: history, Shaping San Francisco, FoundSF.org, sustainers, 3 percent solution, fundraising campaign
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Oscar Grande, longtime organizer at PODER, describes growing up in the Excelsior to a Salvadoran immigrant family, and how the connections between the Excelsior, outer Mission and Mission Districts remained strong throughout his youth.
Topics: immigration, Salvadoran, El Salvador, Levi's, seamstress, Mission, Catholic Church
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Doris Sloan, professor emeritus UC Berkeley in Geology, long-time Bay Area resident, once involved in the effort to stop the Bodega Bay Nuclear Plant, founder of the environmental studies program at UC Berkeley, interviewed as part of the Shaping San Francisco "Ecology Emerges" oral history project. The project documents participants in the ecology movement in the San Francisco Bay over the past 50 years.
Topics: nuclear power, Bodega Bay, geology, Berkeley, University of California, environmental studies
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Rejecting the paradigms of capitalist San Francisco, let’s look at a radically expanded Common Wealth, starting here, but with implications for our entire society: A public bank, free broadband internet, a low-cost public electricity system, dense community gardens and public orchards, widespread high-quality social housing, expanded land trusts, bicycles and free public transit, free innovative childcare (actually a whole new approach to integrating play into everyday life!), a renovated...
Topics: Commons, wealth, riches, free, internet, transit, public bank, electricity, sharing, play,...
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The fight against the Reagan administration’s war build-up, emergency response against Central American wars, birth of the Peace Navy, stopping the USS Missouri, creating sanctuary cities, AIDS and Anti-Nuclear activism. We bring it up to climate justice & no nukes today. With activists and archivists  Marcy Darnovsky ,  Steve Stallone ,  Lincoln Cushing , and  Roberto Lovato.
Topics: Anti-nuclear, anti-war, nuclear freeze, Diablo Canyon, Abalone Alliance, Central American wars, El...
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Energy Plan for the Western Man: Art after Capitalism Round table discussion with  Elizabeth Thomas (curator), Sylvie Denis (author), Keith Hennessy (artist), and Andrew Mount (artist), Praba Pilar (artist/educator) at Shaping San Francisco, Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics (518 Valencia St, SF) Part of the "Imagining Post-Capitalism" Festival. Each of the participant’s practice and individual work will be framed with an accent on the post-capitalist future. Largely...
Topics: Art, performance, improvisation, Joseph Beuys
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Few local artists have combined the refined skills of a fine artist with the blistering edge of anti-colonial and liberationist critique that  L7  has. He has an incredible body of work and offers a show-and-tell about how his politics have shaped his stunning productions. This is part of a series of solo artists giving a behind-the-scenes and indepth look at what inspires them in the interrelationship between art and politics.
Topics: art, politics, revolution, liberation, Black Panthers, Bloods and Crips, UC Santa Cruz, occupy,...
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Ruth Gravanis, longtime board member of San Francisco Tomorrow, describes how the NIMBY's of Brisbane turned back a plan to burn San Francisco's garbage in a new incinerator in their town, leading to the now much-vaunted curbside recycling program in San Francisco.
Topics: Recycling, garbage, solid waste, incinerators, NIMBY, San Francisco Tomorrow, Ruth Gravanis
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Larry Orman, longtime director of the Greenbelt Alliance, now involved with GreenInfo.net, and a deep thinker on questions of regionalism, urban agriculture, green belts, and much more.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...
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An event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco State Strike. A discussion will be initiated by leaders and participants of the Strike, as well as an artist who graduated from San Francisco State in Raza Studies and now teaches at State. U.C. Berkeley Professor Waldo E. Martin will moderate the discussion which will touch on what sparked the Strike, how it happened, and the impact it had and continues to have on San Francisco, California, and the country at large.
Topics: student movement, 1968, strike, faculty strike, S.I. Hayakawa, La Raza Studies, Third World...
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Missing Pieces: Remembering Elements of a Gone City Geographer  Dick Walker  looks at the formative politics of the region in his new book,  Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area , and takes us through the overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes, inequality, and delusion of the current moment.  Arthur O’Donnell  has methodically documented parts of the City slated for demolition or redevelopment from 2010–2018 in his  Bound to...
Topics: San Francisco, Bay Area, Silicon Valley, demolition, rebuilding, redevelopment, construction,...
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Public Knowledge artists-in-residence  Bik Van der Pol  have pulled a New Deal scale model of the City—based on 1938 aerial photographs—out of storage crates and into the light. Inspired by the Halprins’ 1970s collective creativity and community planning efforts, their project, “Take Part” will explore local histories with City neighborhood residents as library branches display relevant sections of the model beginning in early 2019. Creators of a 2017 cultural map of southeast San...
Topics: map, cartography, 1938 San Francisco, WPA, wooden map, Southeast San Francisco, Excelsior,...
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Visual and conceptual artist  Packard Jennings  talks about his work, through which he has reimagined and revisualized the world around us, shaking up our concepts and assumptions of how things are through humor and the reappropriation of pop culture imagery. Packard talks about his work which ranges from digital subversions to quiet mail-in actions to large scale, space interventions on billboards. He also speaks about work that gets made and that which doesn’t.  This is part of a series...
Topics: tactical urbanism, satire, irony, subvertising, adbusting, billboard alteration, messaging
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70 years ago the United Nations Charter was signed in San Francisco, one of the most significant — and forgotten — moments in local history. How did the UN relate to the 1939 Treasure Island world’s fair, and why was its HQ not built in San Francisco or Marin as planned? The UN was the last of President Roosevelt’s attempts to extend his New Deal to the world. Dr. Gray Brechin examines what has happened to the UN in a new century of perpetual war.
Topics: New Deal, Depression, FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, social security, WPA, PWA, CWA,...
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More of our lives are being tightly integrated through the commercial social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, private corporations that are monetizing the enormous creative and cooperative activity that takes place there. A movement among tech workers and cooperative activists to create real alternatives through building self-managed platform cooperatives is taking shape. Yes, Virginia, there IS an alternative! The micro-rental economy masquerading as "sharing" is...
Topics: platforms, cooperatives, work, co-ops, producer coops, cooperation, ARPA, DARPA, Facebook, Google,...
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Youth and upbringing; early involvement in civil rights and labor movements.
Topics: SF State, Freedom Summer, Civil Rights Movement
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Abby Smith Rumsey, author of When We Are No More,  in conversation with Shaping San Francisco's LisaRuth Elliott, covering topics of memory, technology, archives, history, politics, and more.
Topics: archives, memory, libraries, books, technology, computers, Internet, websites, digital memory, oral...
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Excerpted from the Ecology Emerges interview with Susan Swift. She is a former Abalone Alliance staffer who grew disaffected and resigned a year after the big Diablo Canyon direct action campaign, in part due to the inability of the Abalone Alliance to make alliances with organized labor,or to even consider the plight of folks who couldn't easily take days of their lives to sit in jails, or camp out in protest, etc.
Topics: Abalone Alliance, ecology, anti-nuclear, labor, tactics
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Experimental Filmmaker Craig Baldwin talks about the future of Artists' Television Access (ATA).
Topics: Baldwin, Experimental, Film, ATA
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As part of the Shaping San Francisco Covid-friendly outdoor programming this Fall, we took a walk around Philosopher's Way, a loop that circumnavigates McLaren Park... many interesting things came up, beautiful views, and a great day.
Topics: McLaren Park, Philosophers' Way, Visitacion Valley, Cow Palace, Sunnydale, Public Housing,...
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Celebrating the release of a new map of San Francisco, "Nature in the City" reflects a rich and fairly recent understanding of what comprises a place. An update of an original 2006 map, the rework includes a total of five maps, highlighting species that live alongside Homo sapiens, geology, gardening, restoration, and connections within the Bay-Delta.  Mary Ellen Hannibal  (author of  Citizen Scientist ),  Rebecca Johnso n (Academy of Sciences), and map artist  Jane Kim...
Topics: Maps, cartography, nature, wild, habitat, species, history
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An interview with one of the cofounders of Save The Bay in the early 1960s, Sylvia McLaughlin. This is part of Shaping San Francisco's oral history project "Ecology Emerges," covering the arc of environmental activism in the Bay Area from conservation through ecology to environmental and social justice, from the 1960s to the present.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, environmentalism, Save the Bay, conservation
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Julia May is a longtime staffer at Communities for a Better Environment, involved with water pollution, oil industry politics, and more.
Topics: ecology, environmental justice, social justice, water pollution, chemicals, CBE, Communities for a...
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San Francisco native (b. 1945) and resident Darrell Rogers remembers the Hunter's Point uprising in the wake of the police shooting of Matthew Johnson.
Topics: Hunter's Point Riot, Hunter's Point, Bayview, uprising, rebellion, 1966, national guard, Mayor...
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Peter Cole ’s new book  Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area  uniquely compares and contrasts the radical activism of dockworkers on opposite sides of the planet. The San Francisco-based ILWU took direct action to block apartheid-era cargoes, while their counterparts in Durban, South Africa were on the front lines confronting the racist South African government. ILWU Local 10 (ret.)  Jack Heyman  introduces the evening. Co-hosted by Freedom Archives
Topics: anti-apartheid, South Africa, boycott, ILWU, dockworkers, longshoremen, San Francisco, Oakland,...
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Not only have the Balkans been obliterated by NATO 'humanitarian intervention', eviscerated by imposed neoliberal economic restructuring, and their peoples, particularly the Roma gypsy flung to the corners of the earth, but they've suffered the indignities of centuries of lies, caricature, distortion, and misinformation. Here to discuss, disturb and offer a gentle corrective or two, is a panel of folks from the Balkans and its environs including Andrej Grubacic, Yugoslav author, most recently,...
Topics: PM Press, Yugoslavia, Balkans, Roma, Gypsy, European history, Shaping San Francisco, SSF,...
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The Diggers served free food in an effort to address a massive influx of young people to the Haight during the Summer of Love and the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast Program for youth began soon after. Drawing from this same desire to reimagine food systems, food conspiracies flourished in communes in the early 1970s and the People’s Food System built a network of stores and distributors out of this collective framework. Three worker-owned cooperatives survive — including Other Avenues...
Topics: Cooperatives, co-ops, collectives, food systems, urban agriculture, food security, food...
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Video of Music, Art, & Politics of 1967:  Was it all peace and love or did the anti-war movement really define the era? A conversational antidote to the narrow interpretation of a memorable summer in the City. With  Calvin Welch  ( author , activist, and USF Faculty), original Digger  Judy Goldhaft  ( Planet Drum Foundation ),  Mat Callahan  ( The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in SF, 1965-75 ), and  Pam Brennan  ( Haight Ashbury Flower...
Topics: Haight-Ashbury, Summer of Love, Vietnam, Vietnam War, anti-war, redevelopment, African American,...
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Interviewed as part of the 2011 Ecology Emerges project, Doris Sloan, professor emeritus at UC Berkeley, here recounts her early involvement in the unprecedented campaign to halt the construction of a nuclear power plant on the San Andrea Fault in Bodega Bay, California in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Topics: Nuclear power, Bodega Bay, PG&E, plate tectonics, community involvement, public participation,...
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Longtime labor and lesbian activist Molly Martin describes her early connection to Project One Warehouse at 1010 Howard Street, where she joined a friend to launch an electrical service business.
Topics: Project One, People's Computer Collective, 1970s
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Roberta Bobba, longtime owner of Jug's Liquors at Market and Church, as well as a number of other establishments over the years, interviewed in 2018 at her apartment in Alameda, and Molly Martin, interviewed in early 2019 in San Francisco, offer contrasting memories on the impact of AIDS on their lives, on the lesbian community, and San Francisco.
Topics: AIDS, HIV, death, epidemic, survival, Valencia Rose, Josie's Cabaret, comedy, Gay Men's Chorus
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A short clip of San Francisco Mime Troupe performers in Washington Square and traipsing through North Beach in costume in 1965. Excerpted from an educational project by Kiley Erickson, strictly for educational purposes only.
Topics: San Francisco Mime Troupe, commedia dell'arte, Diggers, 1960s, North Beach
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Doing science and making culture are increasingly intertwined as more and more amateur naturalists crowdsource the multi-layered experience of life on this planet. Authors of two new books  Mary Ellen Hannibal  ( Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction ) and  Ursula Heise  ( Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species ) illuminate the tangled, dynamic processes of thinking and doing that help us understand where we are and what we...
Topics: Citizen Science, scientist, amateur, natural selection, Darwinism, cooperation, species, habitat,...
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Today’s San Francisco and our village-like neighborhoods, charming architecture, and quality of life is indebted to the Freeway Revolt that shocked the nation between 1956 and 1965. Most histories have focused on the politicians and city leaders who argued and voted in those years, overlooking the vital role of the emergent middle-class women who spearheaded the Revolt, and kept it going against overwhelming odds. Decades later, a second Freeway Revolt helped reclaim the Embarcadero and Hayes...
Topics: Freeway Revolt, Highways, Department of Highways, I-280, Embarcadero Freeway, Central Freeway, Glen...
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An interview under the "Ecology Emerges" project of oral histories on the arc of environmentalism, ecology, environmental and social justice, running from the 1950s to the 2000s. Sam Schuchat is the executive director of the California Coastal Commission and has been something of an "undeveloper" as he put it, facilitating a number of initiatives from the state agency.
Topics: ecology, Ecology Emerges, urban agriculture, economic growth, environmentalism, environmental...