SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Food manufacturing in the Bay Area: A conversation with Dick Walker

"While recent attention has been paid to the emerging foods trends and small manufacturers in the Bay Area (from cheese in Point Reyes to artisan bread in Emeryville to chocolate in San Francisco), the Bay Area has a much longer history as a center of food manufacturing. Case in point: Mother’s Cookies was founded in Oakland in 1914 and Del Monte foods is still headquartered in San Francisco. Come hear about this rich and interesting history from UC Berkeley geography professor Dick Walker."


The Death of Redevelopment

From SPUR: On December 20, the California Supreme Court upheld the legislature’s elimination of redevelopment. Redevelopment has had a complicated history in the State of California. While redevelopment has enabled the construction of affordable housing, infrastructure and public amenities it has also been used to fund less worthy projects. What does the death of redevelopment […]

San Francisco Debuts Car-Free “Sunday Streets”

San Francisco held its inaugural car-free "Sunday Streets" event last weekend. New Yorker Jen Petersen was there and files this report. Whatever the weather, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf doesn’t suffer from a shortage of dollar-shelling, strolling tourists on weekends, and so clearing street space for more people-powered mobility on a sunny morning had instant takers.  […]

This Week in Livable Streets Events

Last week, many of you came out to support Streetsblog at its first birthday party. This week, lend a hand to efforts to make the Bay Bridge accessible for all users, redirect funds from the Oakland Airport Connector to struggling local transit agencies, and raise money to help those affected by the Haiti earthquake. Here […]

Ferries on the Bay

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 […]

SPUR Walking Tour: Explore the Oakland food trail

"As the western terminus of the transcontinental railroad, Oakland has had a long history as a center for manufacturing, particularly in food production. Unlike its history as a cannery to the Central Valley, Oakland is now the heart of the Bay Area’s epicurean economy with new breweries, coffee roasters and other speciality food manufacturers. Join […]