Walk the Wiggle by Thinkwalks

Whether you’re visiting from afar or a deeply entrenched local, this is your chance to deeply explore SF history! Did you know the Freeway Revolt that changed the world started in this neighborhood? Did you hear the recent discovery that San Francisco was founded right here, by Duboce Park? Did you know that the Mint was built to withstand explosions but two weeks after opening was broken into!?

This tour covers: Ohlone village life here, Transportation history, Where streams and hills once were, Bicycle politics, and how this neighborhood changed the world.

From the Bubonic plague to the rights of citizens to control urban renewal, the Wiggle neighborhood has been the root of it all, and, as it happens, the route of it all. Joel Pomerantz of Thinkwalks will give you an award-winning and thorough view of how the city came to be what it is, based on this little-studied neighborhood, nicknamed “the Wiggle” by bicyclists zigzagging through it to avoid the hills.

As always with Thinkwalks, you decide what to pay at the end of the 15-block walk on a $10 to $40 sliding scale based on your ability to pay. Dress warmly, as it is sure to be very windy and the walk isn’t much exercise. In fact, we do a lot of hanging around talking, due to your extremely insightful questions and nerdy thoughts! Dress. Warmly.

If you can’t make it on this date, call Thinkwalks at 415-505-8255 and request a Group Tour on a date that works for you!

RSVP required. Feel free to call if you have questions.

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