Recent Streetsblog SF posts about History

Ruminations of an Accidental Diplomat: Critical Mass at 20

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Editor’s note: Next Friday is the 20th Anniversary of Critical Mass. The following is an excerpted version of an introductory essay from Chris Carlsson, one of the founders of Critical Mass, who co-edited the new book Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20, a compilation of essays on the movement from authors around the world. Critical […]

Whose Streets?

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“Whose Streets? OUR Streets!” yell rowdy demonstrators when they surge off the sidewalk and into thoroughfares. True enough, the streets are our public commons, what’s left of it (along with libraries and our diminishing public schools), but most of the time these public avenues are dedicated to the movement of vehicles, mostly privately owned autos. […]

Ferries on the Bay

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Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series of reports from Chris Carlsson on the history of transit in the Bay Area. There are thousands of people using ferries on the San Francisco Bay these days, so it’s hard to remember that ferry service died out for several decades. Of course the long history […]

Bike Tour Taps San Francisco’s Water Innovations

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Blair Randall shows off the rain barrels. Photo: Matt Baume When most San Franciscans turn on a faucet, they’ll see water that’s traveled as far as two hundred miles from Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. But that’s not the case for some locally-minded gardeners, for whom careful water stewardship is as important as […]