Tag Archives: San Francisco

Imagining the Zero Waste City of Tomorrow

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Around the world, cities are committed to becoming Zero Waste communities by adopting new principles and changing the way they manage waste. And they are finding that eliminating waste is not only environmentally beneficial but also economically advantageous.   The San Francisco Experience In the US, the city of San Francisco, California is leading the charge to become a […]

This Swedish City Planning Strategy Saves Lives

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Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by up to 40%, thanks to campaigns to reduce pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist deaths to zero. Aptly named “Vision Zero” and modeled by similar programs launched in Sweden, where pedestrian deaths have dropped by more than 50% since the plan was implemented, it’s hoped that these […]

San Francisco’s Castro District Celebrates Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision

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Yesterday the streets of San Francisco were overflowing with crowds of ecstatic citizens overjoyed with the US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. Enormous rivers of diverse individuals, couples and families flowed onto Market Street and into the Castro District, swirling together into a dense sea of joyous celebratory electricity. It was a truly beautiful sight to behold.

Bayview’s Local Latona Community Garden Continues to Flourish

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Last month we returned to our beloved Latona Community Garden in San Francisco’s Bayview District for a spring party, which was attended by scores of local families. Years ago my spouse and I helped to transform this former dump, and create this shared neighborhood space, so it was especially gratifying to see that the urban garden is continuing to thrive.

San Francisco’s Adobe Books Must Not Die

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There are only two days left to help save one of the Mission District’s most beloved and inspiring institutions, Adobe Books. Only a few more thousand dollars are needed to help keep this vital space from shuttering its doors forever. This shop is a cornerstone of artistic and cultural life in the neighborhood, as well as throughout the entire Bay Area — please don’t let it die.

What Exactly is This Kwanzaa Thing That You Keep Talking About?

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Tomorrow is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of shared values, in which we all strive to become better people and work to build a stronger local community. The holiday has African harvest festival roots; the name is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, meaning “first fruits”, and lasts from December 26th through January 1st. Each new day highlights a different principle upon which we concentrate, such as sustaining our collective Umoja (Unity) and Imani (Faith).

Thousands of Bicyclists Celebrate 20 Years of Critical Mass in San Francisco

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Last week was the twentieth anniversary of Critical Mass, a spontaneous group bike ride that happens on the last Friday of each month. The popular Critical Mass rides began right here in San Francisco, and have already spread to hundreds of different cities across the globe. Now millions of people participate in these fun free events worldwide, temporarily turning our urban streets and thoroughfares into an endless sea of bikes.

The Gift of Margaret Kigallen’s Banjo

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One winter morning my friend Margaret gave me this banjo that she had drawn onto a piece of fabric. She handed the drawing to me just after she got into my old blue VW bug, which was parked in front of her apartment on Pierce Street in San Francisco. The year was 1991, and I was giving her a ride to the letterpress studio in Berkeley where we worked once a week.

Bicycling Increases 71% in San Francisco

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Part of what makes San Francisco such an attractive (and unfortunately very expensive) place to reside is that it is a beautiful livable city — biking and pedestrian infrastructure improvements over the last decades have helped to positively transform our town into a much more pleasant urban environment. The SF Bicycle Coalition announced recently that, according to the official citywide bicycle count, over the last five years bike ridership has increased a whopping 71%.

Sunday Streets Shines in San Francisco’s Mission District

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Yesterday the sunny streets of San Francisco were swarming with thousands of happy residents during another regular Sunday Streets event. Rivers of happy families filled the car-free avenues, listening to live music, biking, dancing, playing football, skateboarding, walking dogs, socializing with their neighbors, and just soaking up the beautiful spring day.