SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Our Better Nature: A conversation with author Philip J. Dreyfus

"Few cities are so identified with their environment as San Francisco—the hills, the bay, the fog and even the fault line shifting below. Yet most residents think of the city as separate from the natural environment on which it depends. Join environmental historian Philip J. Dreyfus to discuss his new book Our Better Nature: Environment and the Making of San Francisco. Learn how cities develop by reshaping nature, how urban life has influenced our thinking about nature and how re-imagining the place of our cities in nature is necessary for building a more environmentally equitable world."  

  • Gerrard

    I wonder if Professor Dreyfus, who in addition to his interests in urban history has always been sympathetic to the cause of workers, is aware of SPUR’s recommendation that MUNI find money by taking it out of drivers’ hours and benefits? (See today’s Examiner). SPUR is a direct descendant of the SF developers who since the mass evictions of the Yerba Buena district in the 70s (they call it “slum clearance”) have always stomped on the poor and working people of SF while filling their bank accounts (and those of their office-holding cronies) with cash. See Chester Hartman’s books if you need proof. So much for “our better nature.”


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