This week, learn about San Francisco’s natural waterways, the history of Golden Gate Park and Chinatown’s alleyways, and take part in the summit to save Caltrain. Here are the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:
- Tuesday: SF History Association Talk: Underground Waterways of San Francisco. Join the SF History Association’s monthly meeting for a presentation from San Francisco natural historian Joel Pomerantz on new research about the central part the area’s hidden creeks, aquifers, soil hydrology and springs played in the siting and settling of the city. 7:30 pm.
- Wednesday: ShapingSF Talk: Environmental History of Golden Gate Park. “Explore the natural history, the natural landscape, and the natural politics of Golden Gate Park in this special edition Nature in the City Talk with dedicated Golden Gate Park advocates, historians, and managers, discussing a vision for the great park’s future built on an excavation of its fascinating past.” 7:30 pm.
- Thursday: SPUR Walking Tour: Beyond the bazaars: Exploring Chinatown’s alleyways. Join Chinatown Community Development Center’s Jessica Kyo for a tour to learn about the Chinatown Alleyway Master Plan, which originated from decades of grassroots community effort and was authored in the 1980s, as well as the cultural and historical significance of the alleyways. 12 pm.
- Friday: Critical Mass. Kick off your weekend with a ride in the San Francisco-born monthly tradition of reclaiming the streets for bicycles that has spread to cities around the world. 6 pm.
- Saturday: “Save Our Caltrain!” Summit. Get out to this major gathering of “riders, residents, voters, environmentalists, and small businesses” from the communities along the Caltrain corridor to learn and discuss solutions to save the vital rail system, which lacks dedicated sources of funding, and to “start working together to make the solutions happen.” 8:30 am.
Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.