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Bay Cruises start again in January 2022!

Upcoming Events:

Our ongoing Public Talks series on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco remains on hold at least until some time in 2022.

Coming in Spring 2022

Urban Forum: Walk n Talks covering the Southern-most areas of San Francisco

Look for our new spring 2022 calendar at the beginning of 2022. Walk-n-Talk Urban Forums, walking tours, bike tours, and bay cruises... a busy and exciting spring is ahead!

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Fall 2021

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.


Saturday, September 4Scandalous South of Market

Saturday, October 23Valencia Street: Corridor to Colma
Co-hosted by the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco

Programming funded in part by the Government of Ireland: Emigrant Support Programme

Saturday, November 20Beer, Dunes, and Trains

Saturday, December 4 11-1pmKing 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 »Spring 2022 



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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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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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