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Monthly ‘City Front’ or ‘Northern Shore’ Bay Cruises in 2022!

Upcoming Events:

Our ongoing Public Talks on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco remain on hold until further notice.

Saturday, January 29

Visitacion Valley and Little Hollywood

From a Greenway to sites of industry, architecture, and agriculture, the neighborhoods on our City's southeastern border are alive with history and growth!

This walk has reached capacity. Further RSVPs will be added to our waiting list. RSVP required:

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Spring 2022

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.


Saturday, February 26Cutting Corners: Rincon Hill to Steamboat Point

Saturday, March 12Jackson Square Historic District
with Special Guest architectural historian Katherine Petrin

Saturday, April 23Market Street: The Contested Boulevard

Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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NEXT BIKE TOUR » Sunday, April 3, 10-3 pm 

Beholding SF's Birds Pedal by Pedal


Explore Shaping San Francisco:

Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

Ecology Emerges

Discussions and reflections on the history of Bay Area ecological activism, based on oral histories documenting the past 50 years.

Ecology Emerges is an oral history gathering project to explore the past 50 years of ecological activism in the Bay Area and the role that individual and institutional memories play in the development, policy proposals, and interrelationships that together make up the existing networks of ecological politics.  We document the living ecological activist movement, in their own words, but also in a larger context of urban growth and globalization.

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Shaping San Francisco, as part of our ongoing work, sits down with people who have stories to tell and conducts oral history interviews.

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"Editor's Pick Tour" from

Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

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