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Frommer's Memorable Walks in San Francisco by Erika Lenkert
Manufactured in the United States of America 5 4 3 2 1 Contents List of Maps iv Introducing San Francisco 1 The Walking Tours 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Union Square Past & Present The Culture & Cuisine of Chinatown Noshing Through North Beach The Storied Steps of Telegraph Hill The Haughty Hotels of Nob Hill The Ghosts of Russian Hill The Majestic Homes of Pacific Heights South of Market: A Civilized Afternoon of Arts & Leisure The Culture & Color of the Mission District A Historical Flashback Through Haight-Ashbury Golden Gate Park: Museums, Blooms & Trees from Dunes The Golden Gate 7 21 36 54 68 83 94 106 115 127 136 146 Essentials 158 Guided Walking Tours of San Francisco 169 Index 174 LIST OF MAPS The Tours at a Glance 4 The Walking Tours Union Square Chinatown North Beach Telegraph Hill Nob Hill Russian Hill Pacific Heights South of Market Mission District Haight-Ashbury Golden Gate Park Northern San Francisco 11 23 37 55 69 85 95 109 117 129 139 149 About the Author A native San Franciscan, Erika Lenkert writes food, travel, and lifestyle articles for San Francisco Magazine, Wine Country Living, and Four Seasons.
But the remnants of this neighborhood’s ’60s counterculture movement are easy to miss if you don’t know where to look. This walk takes you to the house where The Grateful Dead lived and played in the ’60s, pauses for a historical flashback or two, leads you to some great cheap-food noshes, and shows you where to buy retro paraphernalia. It’s a colorful visit to an only-in-San-Francisco scene. Walk 11: Golden Gate Park: Museums, Blooms & Trees from Dunes This Golden Gate Park tour offers an intimate introduction to what, in my mind, is the most beautiful, diverse, and entertaining 31⁄ 2-mile-long patch of grass in the world. Between stops to smell the flowers, you’ll encounter an extensive collection of Asian art, penguins, and crocodiles, as well as a great gilded Buddha. All that, and plenty of room to toss around a Frisbee—what more could you ask for?
The first stop is at: 1. Haight and Stanyan streets, northeast corner. Until the end of 1997, the beginning of Golden Gate Park across the street was a makeshift camp of homeless— lots of young kids with tattoos, pierced body parts, and leather mixing with aging hippies and other street people. Truth is, some locals liked it that way: It proved San Francisco had a space for everybody. But in response to locals’ concerns, Mayor Willie Brown fenced off the area under the guise of gussying it up, then forced the homeless to set up camp throughout the neighborhood’s doorways, nooks, and crannies. (Surely that did not calm their concerns.) Since then, the homeless have scattered; a new gateway to Golden Gate Park has been erected; and now a smaller group of squatters can be seen most mornings and afternoons. Meanwhile, some locals still complain about problems that stem from drug dealing in the area (especially at night), but the homeless in this area generally have not been cause for alarm for locals or tourists.
Frommer's Irreverent Guide to San Francisco by Matthew Richard Poole
Bay Area Rapid Transit, game design, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Loma Prieta earthquake, Maui Hawaii, pez dispenser, sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, Torches of Freedom, upwardly mobile
(73) • Bayside Basking (73) • All-day hangouts (74) • Live music (74) • Jack Kerouac woke up here (74) • Hippie holdouts (74) Maps Map 3 San Francisco Dining 46 Map 4 North Beach Dining 75 Map 5 Mission District Dining 76 Map 6 Union Square & Financial District Dining The Index 77 78 An A to Z list of restaurants, with vital statistics 3 DIVERSIONS 92 Basic Stuff Getting Your Bearings The Lowdown 96 96 97 Must-sees for first-time visitors (97) • Only in San Francisco (99) • A billion Chinese can’t be wong (100) • Man with Hand in Pocket Feel Cocky (100) • Soaking up the sunset (102) • Morbid landmarks (103) • Soulful Sundays (103) • The roar of the fish stalls, the smell of the crowd (104) • Urban ferry tales (104) • A Desire for Streetcars (105) • Cruising Golden Gate Park (105) • Museum meccas outside Golden Gate Park (106) • If It’s Free, It’s For Me (107) • Museums for special interests (108) • Museums for really special interests (108) • Outlandish out-of-town archives (109) • The bongo-rama beatnik tour (109) • Tune in, turn on, drop out (110) • The last-call saloon crawl (112) • Painted ladies (112) • Mural, mural on the wall (113) • Are we there yet? (114) • Bay Area BART Tour (114) • Fabulous footsteps (115) Maps Map 7 Major San Francisco Attractions 94 The Index 117 An A to Z list of diversions, with vital statistics 4 GETTING OUTSIDE The Lowdown 126 128 Parks (128) • Stretching your legs (129) • Bicycles, Bridges, Beers, and Bay Cruises (131) • Pedal pushing (131) • Working up a sweat (133) • Hitting the beach (133) GoCar Tours of San Francisco (134)• Bathing in the buff beyond Baker Beach (135) • Poolside plunges (135) • Watersports (136) • Reeling them in (137) • Par for the course (137) • Lawn bowling (138) • Islands with a past (138) • Skates at the Haight (140) • San Francisco Segway Tours (140) • The wine country (140) • Soothing spas and marvelous massages (142) 5 SHOPPING 144 Target Zones Bargain Hunting 150 Trading with the Natives Hours of Business 151 Sales Tax 151 148 150 The Lowdown 151 Shopping bags to show off (151) • Are you being served?
There are plenty of bay cruises that pick up tourists at Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39, but it’s more fun to go to the Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street and ride with the locals on an afternoon Golden 105 A DESIRE FOR STREETCARS San Francisco’s famous cable cars aren’t the only rolling blast from the past. One of MUNI’s Metro streetcar lines, the F-Market line, consists of several beautifully restored and beloved 1930s streetcars. The colorful, eye-catching line runs along Market Street from Castro to the Downtown district and is a quick and charming way to tour the city (that, and they make great photo ops). Cruising Golden Gate Park... The city’s reigning play- ground, Golden Gate Park has been home to the 49ers football team and all the city’s major hippie happenings (including Jerry Garcia’s memorial service in 1995); it’s still home to Sunday strollers, skaters, and joggers, to museums, to free operas, even a herd of buffalo. Then there are the gardens. The 5-acre Japanese Tea Garden is the oldest in America. When you enter through the hand-carved gate, you really feel as though you’re in Japan.
Add undeveloped private land, and there is easily more than a million acres of open space in and around the city, with almost a third of it set aside as public park and recreation areas, including such huge, inviting parks as Golden Gate Park and the Presidio. There’s a lot of great stuff to explore offshore, too—the islands that inhabit San Francisco Bay are just a short ferry ride from the heart of the city and a great escape from the hubbub. And, of course, there’s the Golden Gate Bridge, which you must walk across before you can truly claim to have seen San Francisco. So get off thy buttocks and go play. The Lowdown Parks... Two dozen neighborhood parks within the city lim- its include facilities for baseball, basketball, barbecues, boating, bird-watching, bocce, bicycling, cricket, jogging, football, fishing, picnics, swimming, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, windsurfing, handball, and lawn bowling. Some even have gyms. Golden Gate Park covers 1,000 acres stretching from the Panhandle to the beach.
City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco by Chester W. Hartman, Sarah Carnochan
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, business climate, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, illegal immigration, Loma Prieta earthquake, manufacturing employment, new economy, New Urbanism, profit motive, Ralph Nader, rent control, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, strikebreaker, union organizing, urban planning, urban renewal, very high income, young professional
Finally, my thanks to the wonderful San Francisco Mime Troupe, whose recent play, “City for Sale”—about gentriﬁcation and the city’s housing crisis—provided the title for this book. chester hartman Golden Gate Bridge SAN FRANCISCO BAY 101 PACIFIC OCEAN Fillmore 80 CHINATOWN M Ho w ar ke t ar d rnia Geary Castro 19th Ave. Sunset Great Highwa Mission 7th Ave. CASTRO Twin Peaks 3rd St. 101 HAIGHT Golden Gate Park 1 Bay Bridge DOWNTOWN Union Yerba Square Buena Tenderloin n South of WESTERN Civic sio South Park ADDITION Center Mis om Market s l Mission Hayes o F Valley Bay RICHMOND SUNSET PACIFIC HEIGHTS NORTH lumBEACH bu s s Van Nes The Presidio Califo Lincoln Park Lombard ero Divisad 1 Co MARINA 101 MISSION POTRERO HILL César Chávez 101 80 3rd S t. y BERNAL HEIGHTS n 101 280 M i ss Oce a io n 1 Lake Merced Map 1.
The conversion of downtown San Francisco into the administrative and ﬁnancial headquarters of the West—particularly through the massive BART system and the Golden Gateway project—had been good for the various construction industry trades and locals. By the mid-1960s, the BCTC was a backer not just of Yerba Buena Center but also of any planned construction that would provide employment for members of its afﬁliated unions. This included the proposed 550-foot U.S. Steel high-rise on the waterfront and a proposed freeway through Golden Gate Park, both of which earned the hostility of the general populace because of the loss of recreational space and scenic views. But as a representative of the BCTC said regarding Yerba Buena Center, “We are in favor of building with no respect to where it is and how it is.”35 For many San Francisco workers the quest for construction jobs was vital to survival. The redevelopment master plan for the city was displacing thousands of jobs, and it was not likely that unemployed blue-collar workers would ﬁnd employment in white-collar jobs. 34 / Chapter 2 [U]nion leaders usually agree to whatever projects are proposed by business—just as long as the projects provide jobs. . . .
The group’s most notorious confrontation with the law came in 1975, when the police, who had been hassling them on a regular basis, picking up members no fewer than ﬁfty-three times in the previous eighteen months, raided their commune without a warrant; warning shots were ﬁred by some Panthers, and two members, leader Tom Stevens and Terry Phillips, spent three years in San Quentin as a result. The group believed passionately in the right to bear arms and in selfdefense. The original White Panther formation was established in the Detroit–Ann Arbor area in the late 1960s, as a white counterpart to the Black 244 / Chapter 11 Panthers, and was active in civil rights and Vietnam War protests. The San Francisco group organized free rock concerts in Golden Gate Park and ran a successful ﬁve-thousand-member alternative food distribution system, The Food Conspiracy. Their occasionally disruptive tactics, emphasis on publicity, and reluctance to participate in coalition politics or establish uniﬁed neighborhood positions on Haight-Ashbury issues led to a history of poor relations with other progressive formations in the neighborhood and city. An April 20, 1983, Examiner feature described them as a “difﬁcult, principled group, avowedly communist and dedicated to working in the interests of poor people, as they see them.”36 (The two members convicted in the 1975 shoot-out incident could have avoided jail, had they agreed to probation, but refused to do so.)
Albert Einstein, butterfly effect, California gold rush, Golden Gate Park, index card, indoor plumbing, Loma Prieta earthquake, Menlo Park, place-making, risk tolerance, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, supervolcano, The Chicago School, transcontinental railway, wage slave, Works Progress Administration
Inside the walls there was a boating pond, a lake with sea lions, enclosures with panthers and kangaroos, camels, tigers, opossums and monkeys – every imaginable plant and animal and item of astonishment and delight to please the thousands who poured in daily to see it all. People flocked to fire-eaters from India, acrobats from Japan, an eight-foot-tall Chinese man and a dancing bear called Split-Nose Jim. For the next twenty years Woodward’s Gardens were San Francisco’s equivalent of Copenhagen’s Tivoli. It was only when the city created the even larger, more remarkable (and still surviving) expanse of meadows, gardens and lakes known as Golden Gate Park that the citizenry permitted Woodward to close his creation in 1894, and to have the place levelled and turned over to the great commercial buildings that still occupy his tract of land today. And then there was Tangrenbu – Chinatown. The Gold Rush had attracted men from everywhere. According to one of the drier accounts, there were ‘Indians, Spaniards of many provinces, Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Malays, Tartars and Russians’.
The underpinning notion was triumphalism, the style Baroque, the model Paris, the scale prodigious. Nine immense and die-straight boulevards radiated from the great new palace of City Hall, intersecting as they speared across the map with périphériques, with huge parks, colonnades, marble subways and castellated mansions that looked down from the city’s famous hills. One park, to the south of the city, was three times the size of Golden Gate Park, which was already monstrous. And between all these grand marble confections ran water – streams, cascades, reflecting pools and lakes set through the city at staggered heights, thereby providing headwaters for a score of huge fountains that could keep the city bathed in even more mist and moisture than nature provided on her own. The public were due to see the Burnham Plan in April of the following year, and with impeccable timing the printer delivered fat bundles of the final edition to City Hall just hours before the earthquake.
Plate Tectonics: An Insider’s History of the Modern Theory of the Earth. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2001 Orme, Antony R. (ed.). The Physical Geography of North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002 Page, Jake, and Charles Officer. The Big One. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004 Penick, James Lal. The New Madrid Earthquakes. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1981 Pollock, Christopher. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories. Portland: West Winds Press, 2001 Reisner, Marc. A Dangerous Place: California’s Unsettling Fate. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003 Richards, Rand. Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide. San Francisco: Heritage House Publishers, 2003 Robinson, Andrew. Earth Shock. London: Thames and Hudson, 2002 Rogers, John J., and M. Santosh. Continents and Supercontinents.
. •••••••••• To all my online and offline friends who helped me along the way, including: Wendy MacNaughton, Kio Stark, Matt Thomas, Julien Devereux, Steven Tomlinson, Mike Monteiro, Hugh MacLeod, John T. Unger, Maria Popova, Seth Godin, and Lauren Cerand. •••••••••• Finally, to Owen, who doesn’t give a hoot about any of this. Notes & Illustration Credits 1. You don’t have to be a genius. I took the photo of Beethoven in San Francisco outside the Academy of Arts and Science in Golden Gate Park. The bust is a copy of sculptor Henry Baerer’s monument in Central Park. “Read obituaries” is also chapter 6½ in Charles Wheelan’s 10½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said (Norton, 2012). 2. Think process, not product. The title of the second section comes from something Gay Talese once said in an interview: “I am a documentarian of what I do.” 4. Open up your cabinet of curiosities.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Bonfire of the Vanities, Buckminster Fuller, edge city, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, Menlo Park, Ronald Reagan, stakhanovite, Stewart Brand, strikebreaker, the scientific method, Thorstein Veblen
Thing was the major abstract word in Haight-Ashbury. It could mean anything, isms, life styles, habits, leanings, causes, sexual organs; thing and freak; freak referred to styles and obsessions, as in "Stewart Brand is an Indian freak" or "the zodiac—that's her freak," or just to heads in costume. It wasn't a negative word. Anyway, just a couple of weeks before, the heads had held their first big "be-in" in Golden Gate Park, at the foot of the hill leading up into Haight-Ashbury, in mock observance of the day LSD became illegal in California. This was a gathering of all the tribes, all the communal groups. All the freaks came and did their thing. A head named Michael Bowen started it, and thousands of them piled in, in high costume, ringing bells, chanting, dancing ecstatically, blowing their minds one way and another and making their favorite satiric gestures to the cops, handing them flowers, burying the bastids in tender fruity petals of love.
And a lot of weird American Indian and Indian from India shit, beaded headbands and donkey beads and temple bells—and the live ones, promenading up and down Haight Street in costumes, or half-costumes, like some kind of a doorman's coat with piping and crap but with blue jeans for pants and Mod boots.. . The cops! —oh, how it messed up their minds. The cops knew drunks and junkies by heart, and they knew about LSD, but this thing that was going on . . . The heads could con the cops blind and it was wild. Haight-Ashbury had always been a brave little tenement district up the hill from the Panhandle entrance to Golden Gate Park, with whites and Negroes living next door in peace. Rents had been going up in North Beach. A lot of young couples with bohemian enthusiasms had been moving to Haight-Ashbury. Some of the old beats had moved in. They hung around a place called the Blue Unicorn. But the Trips Festival of eight months before was what really kicked the whole thing off. Eight months!—and all of a sudden it was like the Acid Tests had taken root and sprung up into people living the Tests like a whole life style.
Thousands of heads piled in, in high costume, ringing bells, chanting, dancing ecstatically, blowing their minds one way and another and making their favorite satiric gesture to the cops, handing them flowers, burying the bastids in tender fruity petals of love. Oh christ, Tom, the thing was fantastic, a freaking mindblower, thousands of high-loving heads out there messing up the minds of the cops and everybody else in a fiesta of love and euphoria. And who pops up in the middle of it all, down in the panhandle strip of the Golden Gate Park, but the Pimpernel, in Guadalajara boots and cowboy suit, and just as the word gets to ricocheting through the crowd real good— Kesey's here! Kesey's here—he vanishes, accursed Pimpernel. Just in case there was anybody left who didn't get the Gestalt here, Kesey made his big move in the press. He met with Donovan Bess, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, and gave him the story of his flight to Mexico and his plans, as The Fugitive.
Utopias: A Brief History From Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities by Howard P. Segal
1960s counterculture, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, complexity theory, David Brooks, death of newspapers, dematerialisation, deskilling, energy security, European colonialism, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, full employment, future of journalism, garden city movement, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, invention of the printing press, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John von Neumann, knowledge economy, Louis Pasteur, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, Nicholas Carr, Nikolai Kondratiev, out of africa, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ray Kurzweil, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Skype, stem cell, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Thomas Malthus, Thorstein Veblen, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, union organizing, urban planning, War on Poverty, Whole Earth Catalog
In fact, by designing artifacts that could be both moved and replicated, Fuller readily met a principal challenge facing most earlier (and later) communitarians: how to promote one’s vision beyond its base camp, so to speak.24 The Future of Utopias and Utopianism 247 Fuller deserves further recognition as the ﬁrst major American scientiﬁc or technological utopian to argue—as per his bestselling (and already noted) Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity (1969)—that the realization of utopia was possible within our own lifetimes rather than, as with all earlier utopians, either possible only at least two generations ahead or virtually impossible. If this ethos has steadily pervaded corporate thinking and advertising, it also suffused such anti-corporate spirits as the hippies at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, with whom Fuller engaged in 1967, as a delightful forty-four-minute DVD demonstrated at the exhibit. The non-violent, non-ideological, and drugfree guru, with his close-cropped hair and horn-rim glasses, neatly dressed in a conservative suit, impresses the rather differently dressed crowd—just as he did more mainstream audiences who also didn’t necessarily understand many of his points.
Buckminster 14, 245–249 inﬂuence 195–196, 207 and “limits of growth” 237–238 sense of social responsibility 163 as visionary 162 Fuller Archives 245–246 see also Utopia or Oblivion Fulton, Robert 142 Funding for science and technology 121–122 Future and its Enemies, The (Postrel) 164 “Future of Land Grant Universities, The” 207 future of print 217–222 online readerships 219 Future Shock (Tofﬂer) 118, 163–164, 236 Galbraith, John Kenneth 12, 101, 109, 122, 161 Gandhi, Mohandas (Mahatma) 173 Garden City movement 196 Garden of Eden 47, 243 Gates, Bill 157–158, 161, 163, 186, 201 philanthropy 247 Gates, Melinda 163 Geddes, Norman Bel 34, 35 geeks, image of 201 General Electric 167 genetic engineering 121, 124, 159, 187 genetic modiﬁcation of animals 125–126 genetic testing 126 Genius of American Politics, The (Boorstin) 101 geodesic dome 195–196, 246–247 George Lucas Educational Foundation 204–205 George, Henry 82 German Ideology The (Marx/ Engels) 66–67 Germany 38, 79 Nazi Germany 104, 244 and nuclear power 152 Gernsback, Hugo 9 Ghost Busters 202 Gilbert, Daniel 124–125 Gillette, King Camp 90 Gilman, Charlotte Perkins 92 Gimpel, Jean 236–237 Gingrich, Newt 118, 189 Giving Up the Gun: Japan’s Reversion to the Sword, 1543–1879 (Perrin) 234–235 global citizenship, visions of 252, 253 God is Back (Micklethwait and Wooldridge) 11 Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco 34 Google 158, 193, 205 Gore, Vice-President Al 119, 189 Great Delusion, The (Stoll) 79 Great Depression, 1930s 9, 83, 96, 102, 109 Great Famine, China 19 Great Society 159 Index 275 Greater East Asian Japanese colonialist movement 21 “Green Globe, The” 242 Grifﬁth, Mary 78, 81, 90, 91 Guernica 35, 252 Gulliver’s Travels (Swift) 200 Gutenberg, Johann 190 Hammersley, Ben 218 Hardwicke, Cedric 240, 241 Hare Krishnas (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) 196 Harrington, Michael 101 Hawai’i Research Center for Futures Studies 250 Hawking, Professor Stephen 202 Hawthorne, Nathaniel 25, 130 Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife (Miller) 12 Heinlein, Robert 9 Hemingway, Ernest 90 Henry VIII, King 48 Herf, Jeffrey 104 Herland (Gilman) 92 Hesiod 47 Hewlett, William 158 Hewlett-Packard 158, 192 higher education–military research nexus 115 Higher Learning in America, The (Veblen) 216 high-tech: advances 2 and cyberspace 192, 253, 255 and education 203, 209, 211–213, 214 India 172 industry 110,121,158,163,198 Kellogg Commission and 211–213, 214, 215, 216–217 and military 238 negative aspects 121, 217, 243 276 Index research 115, 121 and techno-ﬁxes 211 and techno-mania 187 utopias and utopianism 1, 16, 159, 162, 163, 164, 165–168, 186, 207–208 zealots and 188–189 see also cyberspace Hilton, James 13 Hinduism 171 hippies at Golden Gate Park 248 history: nature of 19, 51 distortion of 84 persistence of 163–164 prophets’ ignoring of 163, 166, 188–193 Hitler, Adolf 243, 244 Ho Chi Minh trail 105 Ho, Koon-ki 17 Homeland Security Science and Technology Stakeholders 253–254 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 202 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 202 Hoover, President Herbert 88, 102, 110 Horace 47–48 Howe, Irving 253 Hubble space telescope 121 human behavior 123, 125 Human Genome Project 124 human rights 23, 39 suppression of 168 utopias and 253 human satisfaction 240 Huxley, Aldous 123, 164, 166 Huxley, T.
The Future of Money by Bernard Lietaer
agricultural Revolution, banks create money, barriers to entry, Bretton Woods, clean water, complexity theory, dematerialisation, discounted cash flows, diversification, fiat currency, financial deregulation, financial innovation, floating exchange rates, full employment, George Gilder, German hyperinflation, global reserve currency, Golden Gate Park, Howard Rheingold, informal economy, invention of the telephone, invention of writing, Lao Tzu, Mahatma Gandhi, means of production, microcredit, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, Norbert Wiener, North Sea oil, offshore financial centre, pattern recognition, post-industrial society, price stability, reserve currency, Ronald Reagan, seigniorage, Silicon Valley, South Sea Bubble, the market place, the payments system, trade route, transaction costs, trickle-down economics, working poor
Even though it may seem that the Corporate Millennium is looming betbre us, this scenario is only one of the ways in which the power shift away from the nation-states could manifest itself. The next scenario - Careful Communities - reveals another very different set of dynamics. Careful communities The other night I woke up from a strange dream. I had dreamt that I was in San Francisco, at the colourful intersection where Haight Street meets Golden Gate Park. I was sitting in a coffee shop, next to a little shop with a garish sign saying 'Tsutomo Tattoos'. I was overhearing a long monologue of a parent talking to an adolescent. There was a calendar hanging on the wall in the coffee shop - a calendar of the year 2020. This is how the monologue went. Haight Street 2020 I got this first one at Nike. Back in '94. 1 was 23, a kid. I worked there delivering - get this - mail.
They lived in an environment that was de-evolving because of isolation, drugs that were rumoured to be supplied by the government, and because of an American people who chose to ignore the poverty, to close their eyes because they felt it wasn't their responsibility. For them, the ghettos didn't even exist. TODD and JEREMY Todd and Jeremy ran away from home when Todd was five and Jer was nine. They took the train to San Francisco, where they slept in Golden Gate Park. They had lived in a trailer park in San Jose with their father who had sexually molested them and abused them for as long as they could remember. Their mother had died in a car accident just months after the birth of Todd. Their father was unemployed, but the television, where he spent most of his time, always seemed to work: The children cooked their own meals, consisting mostly of cereal and of Tater Tots, deep fried potato scraps.
One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility by Zack Furness, Zachary Mooradian Furness
active transport: walking or cycling, affirmative action, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, back-to-the-land, Build a better mousetrap, Burning Man, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, colonial rule, conceptual framework, dumpster diving, Enrique Peñalosa, European colonialism, feminist movement, ghettoisation, Golden Gate Park, interchangeable parts, intermodal, Internet Archive, Jane Jacobs, market fundamentalism, means of production, Naomi Klein, New Urbanism, peak oil, place-making, post scarcity, race to the bottom, Ralph Nader, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, sustainable-tourism, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Thomas L Friedman, Thorstein Veblen, urban planning, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, working poor, Yom Kippur War
Dunn, Driving Forces: The Automobile, Its Enemies, and the Politics of Mobility (Washington, DC: Brookings institution press, 1998), 15; John Forester, Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers, 2nd ed. (Cambridge, Ma: MiT press, 1994), 154; robert Bruegmann, Sprawl: A Compact History (Chicago: University of Chicago press, 2005), 97. Timothy Davis, “looking down the road: J. B. Jackson and the american Highway landscape,” in Everyday America, ed. Chris Wilson and paul Erling Groth (Berkeley: University of California press, 2003), 70. rob anderson, “anti-car Jihad Targets Golden Gate park,” District 5 Diary, March 23, 2006, available at http://district5diary.blogspot.com/2006_03_23_archive. html; rachel DiCarlo, “Hit the road,” Weekly Standard, January 25, 2006; Hart Seely, “On Social Highway, it’s prius against Hummer,” The Post-Standard, august 17, 2008. See Chapter 5 for more on the construction of bicyclists’ so-called elitism in the popular press. louis J. Freeh, “Threat of Terrorism to the United States” (testimony before the U.S.
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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
She touched the edge of its voluptuous field, knowing it would be lovely beyond dreams simply to submit to it; that not gravity's pull, laws of ballistics, feral ravening, promised more delight. She tested it, shivering: I am meant to remember. Each clue that comes is supposed to have its own clarity, its fine chances for permanence. But then she wondered if the gemlike “clues” were only some kind of compensation. To make up._for~her having lost the direct, epileptic Word, the cry that might abolish the night. In Golden Gate Park she came on a circle of children in their nightclothes, who told her they were dreaming the gathering. But that the dream was really no different from being awake, because in the mornings when they got up they felt tired, as if they'd been up most of the night. When their mothers thought they were out playing they were really curled in cupboards of neighbors' houses, in platforms up in trees, in secretly-hollowed nests inside hedges, sleeping, making up for these hours.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin
The club was tiny and makeshift, decorated with chairs, tables, a couple of bare lightbulbs, and nothing else. I had romanticized San Francisco as an exotic destination, away from friends and family and toward mystery and adventure, so I often drove my twenty-year-old self up from Los Angeles to audition my fledgling comedy act at a club or to play banjo on the street for tips. I would either sleep in my VW van, camp out in Golden Gate Park, pay for a cheap hotel, or snag a free room in a Haight-Ashbury Victorian crash pad by making an instant friend. At this point, my act was a catchall, cobbled together from the disparate universes of juggling, comedy, banjo playing, weird bits I’d written in college, and magic tricks. I was strictly Monday-night quality, the night when, traditionally, anyone could get up to perform. All we entertainers knew Mondays were really audition nights for the club.
Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss by Frances Stroh
Anthony laughed and put his hand on my shoulder. “Anyway, good luck,” he said. “And keep going, you hear me?” I listened to every tape until it repeated,” said my mother. “I stood right next to the TV screens so I could hear everything.” “Not me,” said my father gruffly. “Stick with photography, Frances. That’s my advice.” My parents were staying at the Stanyan Park Hotel in the Haight, just across from Golden Gate Park. It was one of the many ways in which they still operated as a couple, traveling together, staying at the same hotel. I took Fell Street from Zuni, where we’d had dinner, up to the Haight. A crowd had gathered in the Panhandle, encircling a string of bongo players as they danced wildly to the discordant rhythms. With all the whirling tie-dye and dreadlocks, the scene had the feel of a Grateful Dead concert.
Patricia Unterman's San Francisco Food Lover's Pocket Guide by Patricia Unterman, Ed Anderson
to 10:30 P.M.; Moderate; Credit cards: MC, V The best way to eat at this Hong Kong-style seafood house is to call the manager and tell him how many will be at the table, and how much you want to spend per person—$45 should do it. That way you needn’t decode the menu and the pristine seafood dishes appear banquet style. You’ll get a great meal. MOSS ROOM California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 55 Concourse Drive; 415-867-6121; www.themossroom.com; Open daily 11:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. to 10 P.M.; Museum admission required at lunch but not at dinner; Moderate; Credit cards: MC, V, AE Loretta Keller has created a scrumptious, original menu for this small, swank, hidden dining room beneath the ground floor of the Renzo Piano–designed Academy of Sciences building. Artisanal spirits and sustainable wines add to the magic.
Frommer's Portable San Diego by Mark Hiss
In almost any weather, it’s a great beach for walking. DEL MAR BEACH This long stretch of sand across the city limits in the charming community of Del Mar is backed by grassy cliffs and a playground area. This area is not heavily trafficked, and you can dine right alongside the beach at Jake’s or Poseidon. Del Mar is about 15 miles from downtown San Diego. 3 Attractions in Balboa Park New York has Central Park, and San Francisco has Golden Gate Park. San Diego’s crown jewel is Balboa Park, a 1,174-acre cityowned playground and the largest urban cultural park in the nation. The park was established in 1868 in the heart of the city, bordered by downtown to the southwest and fringed by Hillcrest and Golden Hill to the north and east. Tree plantings started in the late 19th century, while the initial buildings were created to host the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition; another expo in 1935–36 brought additional developments.
The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg
Albert Einstein, Arthur Eddington, diversified portfolio, first-price auction, German hyperinflation, Golden Gate Park, invisible hand, means of production, price discrimination, profit maximization, Ralph Nader, random walk, Ronald Coase, sealed-bid auction, second-price auction, second-price sealed-bid, statistical model, the scientific method, Unsafe at Any Speed
On average, over time, we expect that the payments in one direction will be about as great as those in the other, so that nobody stands to lose financially from our arrangement. An economist is somebody who thinks it is worth wondering why everyone doesn't choose movies in exactly this way. CHAPTER 4 THE INDIFFERENCE PRINCIPLE Who Cares If the Air Is Clean? Would you rather live in San Francisco or in Lincoln, Nebraska? San Francisco offers extraordinary shopping districts, world-class museums, a temperate climate, and Golden Gate Park. Lincoln offers magnificent old houses that can be had for the price of a San Francisco studio apartment. You can have the world's finest seafood or you can have wall space. Each year, the Places Rated Almanac and The Book of American City Rankings issue their reports on the best places to live in America. San Francisco gets credit for its cosmopolitan charms and Lincoln gets credit for the allure of its housing market.
In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen
O, Dog “No one’s eating dogs anymore,” said Don Climent, head of San Francisco’s International Rescue Committee. “My Laotian clients just needed information on what’s acceptable to Americans in relationship to dogs. Besides, I think they were more interested in the squirrels.” Climent was explaining to me how it was that a group of dog lovers from Laos caused a national panic in the early 1980s. It started one day in August when some cops found five headless dogs lying in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. As the officers stood puzzling over the situation (now if I were a dog, where would I hide my head?), they noticed a number of Asians armed with bows and arrows wandering about. The dogs, it seemed, belonged to the Laotians in the gustatory sense. The incident appeared in the papers, and overnight Californians realized that a tribe of quasi-cannibals had invaded their state. Filipino sailors were accused of sneaking into suburbs for nocturnal dog hunts.
The death and life of great American cities by Jane Jacobs
City Beautiful movement, Golden Gate Park, indoor plumbing, Internet Archive, Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, urban renewal, urban sprawl, Victor Gruen
Or for ordinary people to use and enjoy? But people do not use city open space just because it is there and because city planners or designers wish they would. In certain specifics of its behavior, every city park is a case unto itself and defies generalizations. Moreover, large parks such as Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Central Park and Bronx Park and Prospect Park in New York, Forest Park in St. Louis, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Grant Park in Chicago— and even smaller Boston Common—differ much within themselves from part to part, and they also receive differing influences from the different parts of their cities which they touch. Some of the factors in the behavior of large metropolitan parks are too complex to deal with in the first part of this book; they will be discussed later, in Chapter Fourteen, The Curse of Border Vacuums.
Louis) 90 Fort Worth (Texas) 340, 344 Fox, Mr. 70 Franklin Square (Philadelphia) 92ff,99 Frederick Douglass Houses (NY housing project) 399 Freedgood, Seymour 119 Funeral parlors 2 3 2 ff Gangs 75ff, 275 Gans, Herbert 272, 287 Garages, see Parking areas; Traffic Garden City i7ff, 2 2ff, 64, 79, 84, 185,205/1,209,289,374,435 Gateway Center (Pittsburgh) 106 Geddes, Sir Patrick 17,19 Geddes, Robert 396 General land 262ff General Motors diorama 439 Glazer, Nathan 18 Glue factories 232 Golden Gate Park (San Francisco) 90 Goldstein, Mr. 51 Gramercy Park (NY) 107 Grand Central (NY) 168, 300, 381 Grant Park (Chicago) 90 Graveyards 233 Gray areas 4, 42, 68, 112, 114, 145, 161, i75ff, 203ff, 208, 23off, 377, 393.445^ Great BUght of Dullness 34, 121, 144, 180, 234, 273, 357 Green Belt towns 18, 310 Greenwich Village Association Gridiron streets 379, 381 Gruen, Victor 340, 344/?, 350, 358 Guaranteed rent 326ff, 396 Guess, Joseph 96 Guggenheim, Charles 74ff Haar, Charles M. 17, 295, 308 Hall, Helen 118 Halpert, Mr. 5 iff Harvard Design Conference 50 Haskell, Douglas 224 Hauser, Philip M. 218 Havey, Frank 33, 79 Hayes, Mrs.
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, Ella Morton
anti-communist, Berlin Wall, British Empire, Buckminster Fuller, centre right, colonial rule, Colonization of Mars, cosmic microwave background, cuban missile crisis, dark matter, double helix, East Village, Exxon Valdez, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Frank Gehry, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, Haight Ashbury, horn antenna, Ignaz Semmelweis: hand washing, index card, Jacques de Vaucanson, Kowloon Walled City, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, mutually assured destruction, phenotype, Pluto: dwarf planet, Ronald Reagan, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, transcontinental railway, Tunguska event, urban sprawl, Vesna Vulović, wikimedia commons, working poor
Corporate Goddess Sculptures Financial District · A dozen eerily faceless, draped figures loom over pedestrians from 23 floors up at 580 California Street. Musée Mécanique Fisherman’s Wharf · Save up your quarters for the world’s largest privately owned collection of coin-operated arcade machines. California Academy of Sciences Herpetology Department Golden Gate Park · The academy’s 300,000-strong collection of jarred reptile specimens was amassed over 160 years. Viewing is by appointment only. Drawn Stone Golden Gate Park · A huge crack in the ground outside the de Young Museum was put there on purpose by the wry English artist Andy Goldsworthy. Buena Vista Park Tombstones Haight-Ashbury · Broken Gold Rush–era gravestones line the gutters of this park’s paths. Secret Tiled Staircase Inner Sunset · The 163 colorful steps in this staircase form a vibrant mosaic that leads you to a smashing view of the city.
The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout
Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, clean water, complexity theory, David Brooks, East Village, global village, Golden Gate Park, if you build it, they will come, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, supervolcano, transcontinental railway, urban sprawl, Yogi Berra
They spent the weekend swimming, shell hunting, playing catch with Frisbees and baseballs, building a sand sphinx, and inventing games such as saltwater Jeopardy! where anyone who answers questions wrong gets dunked. Another ICO in San Francisco organized a nature photography workshop for kids at a housing project. The Sierra Club San Francisco Bay chapter started the first ICO group in 1971 when it realized that many of San Francisco’s kids had never even seen Golden Gate Park, let alone areas outside the city. Today, there’s a dedicated core of volunteers in 50 cities across the United States. They work with local schools and social service agencies, and it’s not just kids in housing projects who benefit, as volunteer Kate Mytron, founder of the ICO in New Orleans, emphasizes: “It’s so incredibly rewarding to rediscover what it feels like to see frogs for the first time.
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
back-to-the-land, crack epidemic, David Attenborough, dumpster diving, Golden Gate Park, haute cuisine, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mason jar, McMansion, New Urbanism, Port of Oakland, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Silicon Valley, urban decay, urban renewal, Whole Earth Catalog
I cracked open the window of the truck to stop the condensation on the windshield and braked slowly around a hairpin turn. The country had taken a toll on my mom. She was lonely up there on the ranch. My dad, who eventually went semiferal, would often go on weeks-long hunting trips, leaving my mom to tend to the ranch duties: milking the cow, watering the garden, and locking the duck pen at night. She missed her friends, her exciting life when she had attended be-ins in Golden Gate Park, danced at rock shows, and traveled the world. I still regard the country as a place of isolation, full of beauty—maybe—but mostly loneliness. So when friends plan their escape to the country (after they save enough money to buy rural property), where they imagine they’ll split wood, milk goats, and become one with nature, I shake my head. Don’t we ever learn anything from the past? And that’s probably why I avoided rural places and chose to live in the city—but, of course, my modified, farm-animal-populated version of the city.
What's the Matter with White People by Joan Walsh
affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, banking crisis, clean water, collective bargaining, David Brooks, desegregation, Donald Trump, Edward Glaeser, full employment, global village, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, impulse control, income inequality, invisible hand, knowledge worker, labor-force participation, new economy, obamacare, Occupy movement, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ralph Nader, Ronald Reagan, upwardly mobile, urban decay, War on Poverty, We are the 99%, white flight, women in the workforce
Yet elite New Yorkers began to side with the AICP approach. In 1860, Republicans knocked out Wood and took over City Hall. Appalled by the apparent depravity of the Irish, those elites were more sympathetic to the black poor and working class, with whom they at least shared a Protestant religion and culture. Union League Club founder Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect known for New York’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, urged wealthy New Yorkers “to deal justly and mercifully with the colored people in [their] midst,” whom he praised as having “the virtues and graces of the Christian and the gentleman.” Union League Club officer Jonathan Sturges agreed: “Those who know our colored people of this city can testify to their being peaceable, industrious people, having their own churches, Sunday schools and charitable societies and that as a class they seldom depend upon charity.”
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, Apple II, back-to-the-land, Bill Duvall, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Buckminster Fuller, California gold rush, card file, computer age, computer vision, conceptual framework, cuban missile crisis, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, El Camino Real, general-purpose programming language, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, hypertext link, informal economy, information retrieval, invention of the printing press, Jeff Rulifson, John Nash: game theory, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge worker, Mahatma Gandhi, Menlo Park, Mother of all demos, Norbert Wiener, packet switching, Paul Terrell, popular electronics, QWERTY keyboard, RAND corporation, RFC: Request For Comment, Richard Stallman, Robert X Cringely, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, speech recognition, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Ted Nelson, Thorstein Veblen, Turing test, union organizing, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, William Shockley: the traitorous eight
A thin man with aquiline features, a shock of curly red hair, and a beard, Tesler also blended several worlds in a way that Bender hadn’t previously encountered. Not only was he immersed in computing, he was fully engaged in the emerging Bay Area counterculture and antiwar scene. Tesler took Bender to her first meeting of the Free University. A remarkable transformation was taking place around the Stanford campus during 1967 and into 1968. The Human Be-in in Golden Gate Park in January 1967 had touched off a cascade of events all over the Bay Area. During the summer of 1967 and on through the summer of 1968, there was a dramatic new kind of music being played in the dance halls and the parks, and open talk of revolution was everywhere. Caught up in the political and cultural commotion around Stanford, Bender and Tesler became close friends. They turned on together and went to Free U classes together and even taught there together: PL 28 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
Albert Einstein, business climate, buy low sell high, complexity theory, fear of failure, Golden Gate Park, iterative process, Menlo Park, rolodex, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Steve Jobs, Wall-E
Photo: Ed Catmull Up co-director Bob Peterson, production designer Ricky Nierva, and director Pete Docter observe ostriches to help them better animate Kevin, the giant bird in Up. Copyright © 2007 Pixar. Photo: Deborah Coleman More research: Three-star Michelin-rated chef Thomas Keller (left) shows Ratatouille producer Brad Lewis the art of making ratatouille in the kitchen of his restaurant The French Laundry. Copyright © 2007 Pixar. Photo: Deborah Coleman Pixar Animation Studio crew members for the film Brave take an archery class in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Copyright © 2006 Pixar. Photo: Deborah Coleman Steve Jobs, John Lasseter, and Ed chat after Pixar University’s graduation ceremony in September 1997. Copyright © 1997 Pixar. John Lasseter shares his thoughts about the value of honest feedback at the kickoff to Notes Day in the Pixar atrium. Copyright © 2013 Pixar. Photo: Deborah Coleman The rainbow that appeared over Pixar headquarters shortly after the announcement of Steve Jobs’s death on October 5, 2011.
Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman
2013 Report for America's Infrastructure - American Society of Civil Engineers - 19 March 2013, Anton Chekhov, computer age, David Brooks, Exxon Valdez, Frederick Winslow Taylor, Golden Gate Park, index card, Isaac Newton, Mason jar, pez dispenser, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Works Progress Administration, Y2K
He held his head sideways, with his evocative eyebrows cocked, his forehead the closest thing to those around him, the pupils of his beady eyes peeking out from above nonexistent glasses. It’s a worrisome, piercing posture with a hint of the lunacy you see in the homeless or deranged. Had he been playing charades, I’d have guessed that he was conducting an orchestra, or doing a hippie dance in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The museum staff, meanwhile, beheld Dunmire with feet planted firmly, steadily, hands clasped or in pockets, their upper bodies immobile. Only their necks moved slightly, as did their facial features. An hour later, when he bumped into a visitor dressed up as Captain Kirk (it was, after all, Halloween), Dunmire stood up straight, gathered himself into a proper posture, and told him, “Good work.”
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons
Airbnb, Bernie Madoff, bitcoin, call centre, cleantech, cloud computing, corporate governance, dumpster diving, fear of failure, Filter Bubble, Golden Gate Park, Google Glasses, Googley, Gordon Gekko, hiring and firing, Jeff Bezos, Lean Startup, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, minimum viable product, new economy, Paul Graham, pre–internet, quantitative easing, ride hailing / ride sharing, Rosa Parks, Sand Hill Road, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Snapchat, software as a service, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, telemarketer, tulip mania, Y Combinator, éminence grise
But I continue anyway to phase 2 of my plan: scavenger hunts. Lately these have been in the news. Some mysterious philanthropist has been putting hundred-dollar bills in envelopes, stashing them all over San Francisco and New York, and posting clues about how to find them. “I propose we kick it up a notch. We announce that on a certain day we will hide a bag containing five thousand dollars somewhere in San Francisco, say in Golden Gate Park. Or in Central Park, in New York. We create a frenzy. Imagine you have hundreds, or thousands, of people racing around trying to find the money. They all descend on the park at the same time. They’re blocking traffic. They’re causing accidents! It’s like that old movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, where all the different teams are trying to find the treasure. The press would be all over this.
No shouting or fighting, no emotion that would have grounded the thing in reality. “We’re discussing it at this point. It isn’t for sure.” The pantomime of teamwork took on creepy overtones. When I went home to Thomas that night, it began to dawn on me that no other home might exist. I took psychedelic drugs two or three times a week, often in the beautiful Berkeley Hills, or wandering around campus, watching the vapour trails of flying geese. Or in Golden Gate Park, or in the night-lit mounds of the Presidio golf course, undulating like pink glaciers, or just wandering the streets, assessing the hieroglyphs of the sidewalk to reassure myself that I was good and high. I smoked pot or hash nearly every day. But everyone smoked dope. It was my fascination with psychedelics—acid, STP, mescaline, and psilocybin—that seemed a little weird, even to my peers.
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
I may be of a different generation, but, frankly, it’s hard for me to consider a penis in my mouth as “impersonal.” Beyond that, I was concerned about the dynamics around oral sex: the morass of obligations, pressures, and judgments leveled at girls; the calculus and compromises they made to curry favor with boys while remaining emotionally, socially, and even physically “safe”; the lack of reciprocity or physical pleasure they described, or expected. One afternoon in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I met Anna, a freshman at a small West Coast college. Anna had grown up in a politically liberal family and attended progressive private schools through twelfth grade. She wore skinny jeans with lace-up boots and had recently pierced the small flap of cartilage in front of her ear canal with a silver hoop; her long, wavy brown hair was swept to one side. “Sometimes,” she told me, “a girl will give a guy a blow job at the end of the night because she doesn’t want to have sex with him and he expects to be satisfied.
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
airport security, Berlin Wall, citizen journalism, Firefox, game design, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Internet Archive, Isaac Newton, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, mail merge, RFID, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, slashdot, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, web of trust, zero day
All that's left is a labyrinth of weathered stone set into the sere cliff-face at Ocean Beach. It looks for all the world like a Roman ruin, crumbled and mysterious, and just beyond them is a set of caves that let out into the sea. In rough tides, the waves rush through the caves and over the ruins -- they've even been known to suck in and drown the occasional tourist. Ocean Beach is way out past Golden Gate park, a stark cliff lined with expensive, doomed houses, plunging down to a narrow beach studded with jellyfish and brave (insane) surfers. There's a giant white rock that juts out of the shallows off the shore. That's called Seal Rock, and it used to be the place where the sea lions congregated until they were relocated to the more tourist-friendly environs of Fisherman's Wharf. After dark, there's hardly anyone out there.
1960s counterculture, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, back-to-the-land, bioinformatics, Buckminster Fuller, Claude Shannon: information theory, complexity theory, computer age, conceptual framework, Danny Hillis, dematerialisation, distributed generation, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death, future of work, game design, George Gilder, global village, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, Haight Ashbury, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, informal economy, invisible hand, Jaron Lanier, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, means of production, Menlo Park, Mother of all demos, new economy, Norbert Wiener, post-industrial society, postindustrial economy, Productivity paradox, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, Richard Stallman, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, technoutopianism, Ted Nelson, Telecommunications Act of 1996, theory of mind, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, Whole Earth Review, Yom Kippur War
Feigelson, “We Are All One,” 74; Dion Wright, personal communication, March 29, 2004. 18. Stern and Durkee quoted in Kostelanetz, “Scene and Not Herd,” 71. 19. Stern, personal communication, September 15, 2005. 20. “Psychedelic Art,” 65. The precise origins of the term be-in are unclear. By the late 1960s, however, it had become a prominent cultural form. On January 14, 1967, for instance, more than twenty thousand hippies gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, waving psychedelic banners, dropping the now-illegal LSD, and dancing to the sounds of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, for what was billed as the ﬁrst Human Be-In. 21. In 1950 Innis had published an epic study of the role communication had played in various empires since the time of ancient Egypt, entitled Empire and Communications; in 1951 he published a collection of essays, The Bias of Communication.
Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll
Claudia, Martha, and I danced around the yard for a while—our plans had worked out perfectly. “In a couple days, the police will bust him, and we’ll find out what he was after,” I told them. “Now that someone knows who’s behind this, it can’t be long.” “Yow, you’ll get your name in the newspaper,” Claudia marveled. “Will you still talk to us?” “Yeah, I’ll even keep washing the dishes.” The rest of the day, Martha and I spent in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, riding the merry-go-round and roller-skating. After all these months, the problem was solved. We’d thrown a net around the cuckoo. He stared bleakly at the broken greasy venetian blinds, a cigarette butt dangling from his clammy lips. The sickly green glow of the screen reflected on his sallow tired features. Silently, deliberately, he invaded the computer. Six thousand miles away, her longing white arms craved for him.
“Because of my physical problem, I couldn’t manifest what I needed to manifest,” he says. 68 ❑ Word Freak Edley next manifested himself on a six-month cross-country Scrabble and backgammon odyssey, staying with friends, playing in eleven Scrabble tournaments (four ﬁrsts, four seconds), and netting $500. When he returned to San Francisco, he had one last piece of personal growth to attend to: living outdoors. Edley stashed his belongings at the apartment of an old girlfriend, donned an army jacket, slept under a bush outside the arboretum in Golden Gate Park, and showered at a park near Fisherman’s Wharf. At age thirtyseven. “I wanted to feel comfortable being a citizen of the world.” After ﬁve months, Edley decided to live indoors again. And he hatched a plan: He would start a Scrabble newsletter. About two hundred players subscribed to Edley’s twelve-page type- and handwritten Tile Rack, which contained game boards, anagrams, and other puzzles.
Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson
dumpster diving, energy security, full employment, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, McMansion, megacity, mutually assured destruction, place-making, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RFID, Richard Feynman, Richard Feynman, Saturday Night Live, urban decay, Works Progress Administration
., which irritated his colleagues no end. In that phase, he had worked as a grocery store bagger and checkout clerk, construction worker, real estate agent, plumber (or plumber’s helper as he joked), barrio textile seamstress, sewage maintenance worker, trash collector, stockbroker, and a celebrated stint as a panhandler in San Francisco, during which time he had slept at undisclosed locations in Golden Gate Park and elsewhere around the city, and asked for spare change for his political fund—part of his “spare change” effort in which he had also asked California citizens to send in all the coins accumulating on their dressers, a startlingly successful plan that had weighed tons and netted him close to a million dollars, entirely funding his second run for senator, which he did on the cheap and mostly over the internet.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The rhythm of the "Blue Danube" waltz rippled and rang and sang in his head, the lights of a thousand chandeliers glinted and prismed, and for a heartbeat Shadow was a child again, and all it took to make him happy was to ride the carousel: he stayed perfectly still, riding his eagle-tiger at the center of everything, and the world revolved around him. Shadow heard himself laugh, over the sound of the music. He was happy. It was as if the last thirty-six hours had never happened, as if the last three years had not happened, as if his life had evaporated into the daydream of a small child, riding the carousel in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, on his first trip back to the States, a marathon journey by ship and by car, his mother standing there, watching him proudly, and himself sucking his melting Popsicle, holding on tightly, hoping that the music would never stop, the carousel would never slow, the ride would never end. He was going around and around and around again... Then the lights went out, and Shadow saw the gods.
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
airport security, Albert Einstein, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Anton Chekhov, big-box store, business process, call centre, Claude Shannon: information theory, cloud computing, cognitive bias, complexity theory, computer vision, conceptual framework, correlation does not imply causation, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, delayed gratification, Donald Trump, en.wikipedia.org, epigenetics, Eratosthenes, Exxon Valdez, framing effect, friendly fire, fundamental attribution error, Golden Gate Park, Google Glasses, haute cuisine, impulse control, index card, indoor plumbing, information retrieval, invention of writing, iterative process, jimmy wales, job satisfaction, Kickstarter, life extension, meta analysis, meta-analysis, more computing power than Apollo, Network effects, new economy, Nicholas Carr, optical character recognition, pattern recognition, phenotype, placebo effect, pre–internet, profit motive, randomized controlled trial, Skype, Snapchat, statistical model, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, theory of mind, Turing test, ultimatum game
A loose affiliation of millionaires and billionaires, philanthropists, government agencies, book publishers, and universities could perhaps finance the endeavor, but it is difficult to challenge the grassroots ethos that has grown up around Wikipedia, that its content is democratically determined, and that all information should be free, all the time. The lack of sympathy for a paid model is similar to a situation that arose in the psychedelic 1960s. When the music impresario Bill Graham started organizing some of the first outdoor rock concerts in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, many of the hippies complained vigorously about his charging admission to the concerts. “Music should be free,” they cried. Some added that music’s ability to soothe the mortal soul, or its status as the “voice of the universe” virtually mandated that it should be free. Graham patiently pointed out the problem. “OK,” he said, “let’s assume for the moment that the musicians are willing to play for free, that they don’t have to worry about how to pay their rent, or pay for their musical instruments.
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, California gold rush, clean water, Golden Gate Park, hacker house, jitney, Maui Hawaii, oil shale / tar sands, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, trade route, transcontinental railway, uranium enrichment, Works Progress Administration
More than any other thing, the Pacific high has written the social and economic history of California. Actually, San Francisco looks green all year long, if one ignores the rain-starved hills that lie disturbingly behind its emerald-and-white summer splendor, but this is the second part of the fraud, the part perpetrated by man. There was not a single tree growing in San Francisco when the first Spanish arrived; it was too dry and wind-blown for trees to take hold. Today, Golden Gate Park looks as if Virginia had mated with Borneo, thanks to water brought nearly two hundred miles by tunnel. The same applies to Bel Air, to Pacific Palisades, to the manicured lawns of La Jolla, where the water comes from three directions and from a quarter of a continent away. The whole state thrives, even survives, by moving water from where it is, and presumably isn’t needed, to where it isn’t, and presumably is needed.
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Albert Einstein, Asperger Syndrome, crowdsourcing, en.wikipedia.org, epigenetics, experimental subject, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, hypertext link, IBM and the Holocaust, index card, Isaac Newton, megacity, meta analysis, meta-analysis, Mother of all demos, neurotypical, New Journalism, pattern recognition, placebo effect, scientific mainstream, side project, Silicon Valley, Simon Singh, Skype, slashdot, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, the scientific method, union organizing, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, Yom Kippur War
Though it wasn’t actually the Sabbath, Carol and Arren went into the kitchen, lit candles at the stove, and sang the old prayers together anyway. “When I look at my son,” she says, “I think, ‘He’s not broken. He’s just neurologically outnumbered, like me.’” — ON A DRIZZLY, windswept afternoon in 2012—a typical spring day in San Francisco—Shannon and Leo visited the California Academy of Sciences with Julia Bascom and Zoe Gross of ASAN. The Cal Academy, located in Golden Gate Park, is one of Leo’s favorite places to go, because it boasts an aquarium that wraps around overhead (allowing Leo to lie flat on a bench looking up through schools of glittering fish) and a planetarium (“I want to go to space!” he says). Friends like Julia and Zoe are able to translate Leo’s world into terms that Shannon can understand. After she posted a video of her son furiously pacing in a circle at the top level of an elaborate jungle gym in a playground, Zoe commented: Oh wow, what a great video.
affirmative action, British Empire, David Brooks, death of newspapers, deindustrialization, family office, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, jitney, new economy, New Urbanism, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ray Oldenburg, ride hailing / ride sharing, Scientific racism, Steven Levy, The Great Good Place, Thorstein Veblen, trade route, urban planning, We are the 99%, white flight
Alexandra Aldrich, a direct descendant of the Astor dynasty, wrote in her own memoir that once the money was gone, the only thing left for members of her generation was their identity: “We live off the remains of our ancestral grandeur.”76 Eve Pell acknowledges that she developed into “a snobbish foxhunting debutante who went to private schools, had maids to make my bed and do my laundry.”77 Over time, though, “the silver spoon to which I was born began to taste bad,” and she discovered “that privilege can have corrosive effects on human relations” and that the “collateral damage” it caused her family included alcoholism and suicide.78 Like the other memoirists, Pell rails against “the emotional walls behind which my social class lived its lives” and sees the severe emotional maladies of her relatives as the price her family has paid for its skewed values and snobbishness.79 Living in San Francisco in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Pell rebelled against her birthright by joining first the counterculture (she says that hearing the Grateful Dead perform at Golden Gate Park in 1967 was a decisive influence for her) and then leftist revolutionary circles. She had an affair, wrote for an underground newspaper, and befriended Black Panther leaders. Yet her activism left her leading a “double life,” pulled in one direction by family comforts and relationships while simultaneously being repelled by the pomposity and bigotry of the upper class and enticed by the freedoms that were obtainable in the larger world.80 She regards her confusion and ambivalence as a consequence of her anomalous place in the world.81 These memoirists identify the upper class with inauthenticity, emotional barrenness, and self-destructiveness, and several of them yearn for what they view as the normality of the middle class.82 Their frank admissions of ruined lives and false values let the authors redeem themselves for their elitist sins, while allowing their readers to experience Schadenfreude.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Petre
Berlin Wall, California gold rush, call centre, clean water, cleantech, Donald Trump, financial independence, Golden Gate Park, illegal immigration, index card, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, oil shale / tar sands, pension reform, risk tolerance, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, stem cell, Y2K
And I immediately signed up for English classes at Santa Monica Community College. I wanted my English to be good enough so that I could read newspapers and textbooks and go on to classes in other subjects. I wanted to speed up the process of learning to think, read, and write like an American. I didn’t want to just wait till I picked it up. One weekend a couple of girls took me up to San Francisco, and we stayed in Golden Gate Park. I said to myself, “This is unbelievable, how free people are in America. Look at this! Now we’re sleeping at night in the park, and everyone is friendly.” I didn’t realize until much later that I had arrived in California at a totally crazy cultural moment. It was the late sixties, there was the hippie movement, free love, all this incredible change. The Vietnam War was at its peak. Richard Nixon was about to be elected president.
Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Arthur Eddington, Benoit Mandelbrot, Brownian motion, Chance favours the prepared mind, cognitive dissonance, computer age, computer vision, dematerialisation, Donald Trump, Douglas Hofstadter, Ernest Rutherford, experimental subject, Flynn Effect, Georg Cantor, Gerolamo Cardano, Golden Gate Park, haute couture, haute cuisine, Henri Poincaré, Isaac Newton, l'esprit de l'escalier, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, mandelbrot fractal, Menlo Park, Norbert Wiener, place-making, Silicon Valley, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, theory of mind, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl
The following example of this phenomenon will speak directly to readers who live in large metropolitan areas, and may intrigue those who live in less traffic-congested locales. It shows why the loveliest spot in a city isn’t necessarily what one might think. What is San Francisco’s Loveliest Spot? Union Square? Chinatown? Twin Peaks? The Great Highway? The Cliff House? Pacific Heights? The Golden Gate Bridge? Fisherman’s Wharf? Golden Gate Park? The Presidio? The Marina? The Palace of the Legion of Honor? The Top of the Mark? Coit Tower? The Ferry Building? Lake Merced? West Portal? Russian Hill? Surely, for a non-resident of the City, one of the above would fill the bill, but a true San Franciscan sees things differently. Finding a place to park one’s car in the City without worrying about getting an astronomical fine or having to go pick it up at the pound can verge on the miraculous, especially in certain areas and at certain times of day.
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein
affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Bretton Woods, cognitive dissonance, cuban missile crisis, delayed gratification, desegregation, East Village, European colonialism, full employment, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, immigration reform, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, indoor plumbing, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Monroe Doctrine, New Urbanism, Own Your Own Home, Plutocrats, plutocrats, price mechanism, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, the medium is the message, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, walking around money, War on Poverty, Whole Earth Catalog
“The majority of them come from good, solid families with money in the bank, plenty of food on the table, and a bright future ahead of them,” a startled cop observed, baffled. In December thousands of Berkeley students went on strike after demonstrators were arrested while protesting the presence of navy recruiters’ tables in the student union. They shouted down the vice chancellor; Ronald Reagan promised that upon his inauguration they “would be treated like any other person charged with a crime.” Then, on January 14 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, twenty thousand gyrating young tatterdemalions spouted poetry, chanted mantras, listened to Moby Grape and the Jefferson Airplane, and ingested ten thousand free tablets of now illegal LSD, drawn forth by Day-Glo posters that enjoined, “Now in the evolving generation of America’s young the humanization of the American man and woman can begin in joy and embrace without fear, dogma, suspicion, or dialectical righteousness.
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
affirmative action, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, Bonfire of the Vanities, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, card file, centralized clearinghouse, collateralized debt obligation, corporate governance, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, desegregation, Donald Trump, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Honoré de Balzac, If something cannot go on forever, it will stop, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index fund, indoor plumbing, interest rate swap, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, joint-stock company, joint-stock limited liability company, Long Term Capital Management, Louis Bachelier, margin call, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, medical malpractice, merger arbitrage, Mikhail Gorbachev, moral hazard, NetJets, new economy, New Journalism, North Sea oil, paper trading, passive investing, pets.com, Plutocrats, plutocrats, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Nader, random walk, Ronald Reagan, Scientific racism, shareholder value, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, telemarketer, The Predators' Ball, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, too big to fail, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, War on Poverty, Works Progress Administration, Y2K, zero-coupon bond
The worst-scarred relics fell to the pavement with the winos and the burned-out addicts left from the days of the skinny-dipping hippies who had blown their minds on LSD and pot in the Haight. Those still drawn to San Francisco for its hedonism, sexual freedom, and liberation stepped through a growing puddle of homeless on the streets. The gays had burst from the closet earlier in the decade, in a celebration of freedom that peaked at the Gay Pride Parade in Golden Gate Park in 1976. But a Florida singer named Anita Bryant began what became a national campaign of gay-bashing, which culminated in the murder of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by a homophobic city employee in November 1978.14 After the jury accepted the assassin’s insanity defense and returned a verdict of manslaughter, some of the worst rioting in its history rocked San Francisco.