The BP oil spill goes on. And on. We watch the oil on live web cam pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. And we watch. Political rage is muted, practical responses even more distant. What to do? How do we “take action” on something like this? How can individuals meaningfully respond to this catastrophe? Stop driving? Boycott one brand of gas? Stop buying things made of plastic?
As a country bumpkin who moved to New York City in my early twenties, there was no remedy for the overwhelming cacophony of noise that assaulted me on every street and underground, whether it was the piercing horns from cabs or the unbearable throttling clatter of the express trains roaring by me on the local […]
Preview of the mural courtesy of David Baker. The San Francisco Great Streets Project is hosting an evening of music, drinks, food, and livable streets discussion tomorrow evening at the Mission District home of architect David Baker. The Art – Streets – Life event will include the grand opening of an Andrew Schoultz mural, and […]
"What destroys the poetry of a city? Automobiles destroy it, and they destroy more than the poetry." –Lawrence Ferlinghetti One of San Francisco’s cherished literary icons — poet, painter and City Lights publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti — is celebrating his 90th birthday today, and I thought it would be fitting to bring you his vision for […]
Neighbors gather for tips and tricks to Mission Roots gardening project, 23rd and Florida We walk on layers of history. In our neighborhoods, in our cities, there were once natural phenomena, like creeks, sand dunes, hills, and forests. Over time they were covered in farms, factories, houses, and most of all, streets. At first those […]
Jane Martin gardening at 23rd and Harrison, Jan. 3, 2009. Jane Martin is a longtime resident of San Francisco’s Mission District, a licensed architect, and an avid gardener. She is the founder of PlantSF, an informational website dedicated to reconfiguring the design and use of urban spaces, primarily sidewalks and to a lesser extent, residential […]