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

Upcoming Events:

Bicycle and walking tours, Urban Forums: Walk-n-Talk, plus monthly Bay Cruises!

Coming in 2023!

Celebrating 25 Years of Shaping San Francisco!


From its initial rollout at the Main Library in January 1998 on CD-ROMs and public kiosks, to our current incarnation on Foundsf.org, we've come a long way baby! Join us in 2023 for a series of celebratory events! We will announce them in January. Meanwhile we still have a bicycle tour on December 3 and a walking tour on December 10 (see below).

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Fall 2022

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

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Saturday, September 10Beer, Dunes, and Trains

Saturday, October 22Rancho San Miguel Hilltopper

Saturday, December 10King Tide/Sea Level Rise Mission Bay

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 » Saturday, December 3, 2022, 12–3 pm 

Ecological History South

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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.

Check them out here.

"Editor's Pick Tour" from FoundSF.org

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

See the latest highlights…