BUA “The Beat of Urban Art” Book Signing

Justin BUA, the artist who created one of the best-selling college dorm posters, “The DJ,”—and who is widely recognized as one of Hip-Hop’s most compelling visual artists of all time—has produced an unprecedented visual journey into the urban landscape of the past 30 years in his book THE BEAT OF URBAN ART, which he will be signing at Moe’s Book Store in Berkeley on July 14th at 7:30PM. Moe’s is located at 2467 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707 and special guest DJ CJ Flash will be spinning.


The New “CityTarget” at Geary and Masonic: Driving Is Encouraged

Do Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue need more car traffic? The marketers of the newly-opened “CityTarget” store seem to think so. The mailers announcing the opening of the supposedly urban-style store (clearly, it’s more like the downtown Metreon store than the suburban, parking-locked store in Serramonte) advertise the fact that it offers free parking — […]

Dreaming of Pedestrian Heaven on San Francisco’s Oldest Street

Enjoying a car-free Grant Avenue at Noodle Fest. Photo: Michael Rhodes Could San Francisco’s first and oldest thoroughfare become the city’s first true pedestrianized street? Since the day in 1835 when William Richardson drew the first map of Yerba Buena that included just one street, called "Calle de la fundacion" — Foundation Street, which ran […]

Gentrification, Livable Streets and Community Stability

Planters and a tree on Mission between 9th and 10th… Planktown Neighbors effort to beautify this central city area. Cities don’t stand still. Going back at least to WWII, U.S. cities have been radically altered again and again. Economic restructuring has been part of it, as urban areas have shed manufacturing in favor of the […]

Say What?

The vibrations and rumble of cable cars used to occur on many of San Francisco’s streets. We are often attracted to city life for the energy, the boisterousness, the noise. I am a city guy having lived all my life in cities (born in Brooklyn, Chicago until age 10, Oakland until 17, and San Francisco […]