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San Francisco by Lonely Planet

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I’m still here. You have been warned. For more about our authors, see Click here. San Francisco’s Top 10 Golden Gate Park ( Click here ) 1You may have heard that San Francisco has a wild streak a mile wide, but it also happens to be 4.5 miles long. Golden Gate Park lets San Franciscans do what comes naturally: roller-discoing, drum-circling, petting starfish, sniffing orchids and racing bison toward the Pacific. It’s hard to believe these 1017 acres of lush terrain were once just scrubby sand dunes, and that San Franciscans have successfully preserved this stretch of green since 1866, ousting casinos and a theme-park igloo village. (Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park) Golden Gate Park & the Avenues SABRINA DALBESIO / LONELY PLANET IMAGES © SFMOMA & SoMa Art Scene ( Click here & Click here) 2New media art has been collected at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) since before anyone knew what to call it.

San Francisco Disc Golf Sports Offline map Google map (www.sfdiscgolf.org; Marx Meadow Dr at Fulton St btwn 25th & 30th Ave; Fulton St) If you love to throw Frisbees, head to the tranquil woods of Golden Gate Park to find a permanent 18-hole disc-golf course, enjoyed by cultish veterans and reckless beginners. You can rent a bag of flying saucers at Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate, and limber up for tournaments, which kick off Sundays from 8:30am to 10am. SF’s Top 3 Urban Golf Courses Golden Gate Municipal Golf Course Offline map Google map ( 415-751-8987; www.goldengateparkgolfcourse.com; 47th Ave & Fulton St, Golden Gate Park; adult/child Mon-Thu $15/5, Fri-Sun $19/7; 6am-8pm; ; Fulton St) Golden Gate Park has a challenging nine-hole, par-27 course built on sand dunes, with some 100yd drop-offs, 180yd elevated greens and Pacific views. No reservations are taken, but it’s busiest before 9am weekdays and after school.

Local Life » Sporting life Take on new challenges in Golden Gate Park, including roller disco, fly-casting, disc golf and Lindy-hopping (Click here ). » Foggy days Stay warm with Trouble Coffee (Click here ), hoodies from Mollusk ( Click here ), matinees at the Balboa Theater ( Click here ), and rainforest strolls inside the California Academy of Sciences ( Click here ) and Conservatory of Flowers ( Click here ). » Goose bumps, guaranteed Get delicious chills with bare feet on Ocean Beach (Click here ), eerily lifelike ceremonial masks at MH de Young Museum ( Click here ), cliff’s-edge views along the Coastal Trail ( Click here ) and ice-cream cocktails at Trad’r Sam’s ( Click here ). » Outposts of cool Outlandishness isn’t just an aesthetic, but a way of life at Park Life (Click here ) art openings, Hollow ( Click here ) art-installation coffee breaks, and musical interludes in the garden at General Store ( Click here ). Getting There & Away » Bus Numbers 1 and 38 run from Downtown to the Richmond. Buses 5 and 21 head from Downtown along the north edge of Golden Gate Park, while number 2 runs the length of Clement St past the Legion of Honor. Bus 71 hooks around Golden Gate Park on the Sunset side. » Streetcar The N line runs from Downtown, through the Sunset to Ocean Beach. Lonely Planet’s Top Tip Hear that echo across Golden Gate Park? It’s probably a concert, and very likely free. Opera divas, indie acts, bluegrass greats and hip-hop heavies take turns rocking SF gratis, from the wintry days of June through golden October afternoons. Most concerts are held in Sharon Meadow or Polo Fields on weekends; for upcoming events, consult the calendar ( Click here ).


Lonely Planet Pocket San Francisco by Lonely Planet, Alison Bing

Albert Einstein, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, edge city, G4S, game design, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Mason jar, Silicon Valley, stealth mode startup, Stewart Brand, transcontinental railway, Zipcar

Classic-kitsch lovers order the Hurricane, which comes with two straws to share for a reason: drink it by yourself and it’ll blow you away. (6150 Geary Blvd; 11am-2am; Geary Blvd) Local Life Great Park Pastimes Whether you’re looking for a game or are content to watch, Golden Gate Park has baseball and softball diamonds, four soccer fields and 21 tennis courts – but atypical athletes also find their niches here. At the park’s vintage-1901 Lawn Bowling Club Offline map( 415-487-8787; http://sflb.filesforfriends.com; Bowling Green Dr, Golden Gate Park; Stanyan St), f ree lessons are available at noon on Wednesday and Saturdays; call to confirm and wear flat-soled shoes. Sundays swing at Lindy in the Park Offline map( www.lindyinthepark.com; Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park; admission free; 11am-2pm Sun, weather permitting; 9th Ave; ) , the free, all-ages lindy-hopping dance party held at the outdoor bandshell, preceded by free half-hour lessons at noon. Across from the buffalo paddock in Golden Gate Park, anglers fish in casting pools open to the public at the Flycasting Club ( www.ggacc.org; John F Kennedy Dr, Golden Gate Park; Fulton St; ) – check the website for free lessons.

Ask skater/boarder staff about upcoming SF street games and Tahoe snow conditions. (www.sfosnow.com; 1630-32 Haight St; 11am-7pm; Haight St) RAIMUND KOCH/CORBIS © Golden Gate Park & the Avenues When other Americans want an extreme experience, they head to San Francisco – but when San Franciscans go to extremes, they end up here. Surfers brave walls of water on blustery Ocean Beach, runners try to keep pace with the stampeding bison in Golden Gate Park and dim sum gluttons have one more round of dumplings in Sunset or Richmond, the family-friendly neighborhoods along the park. Top Sights California Academy Of Sciences ( Click here ) MH de Young Memorial Museum ( Click here ) Best of San Francisco Outdoors Golden Gate Park ( Click here ) Ocean Beach ( Click here ) Coastal Trail ( Click here ) Stow Lake ( Click here ) Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ( Click here ) Bargain Gourmet Outerlands ( Click here ) Namu ( Click here ) Spices ( Click here ) Academy Cafe ( Click here ) Getting There Bus Nos 1 and 38 run from Downtown.

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park (Click here ) Tour 120-year-old boats bobbing like giant bath toys along Fisherman’s Wharf. Outdoor Activities Golden Gate Park (Click here ) All of San Francisco’s favorite pastimes in one place: baseball, skating, lawn bowling, lindy-hopping, drum-circling and general lollygagging. La Raza Skatepark (Click here ) Where SF’s urban skate legends blast off the bowl and kindergartners land their first kick-flips. Mission Dolores Park (Click here ) Pick up games of soccer, Frisbee, basket­ball and tennis, plus protests, parades and free movies. Stow Lake (Click here ) Paddle-boat to the pagoda and back around a picturesque island in Golden Gate Park. Botanical Wonders Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens (Click here ) Everything grows in this Golden Gate Park corner, from South African savannahs and California redwoods to New Zealand cloud forests.


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Frommer's Memorable Walks in San Francisco by Erika Lenkert

Albert Einstein, Bay Area Rapid Transit, car-free, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, South of Market, San Francisco

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.


Rough Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area by Nick Edwards, Mark Ellwood

1960s counterculture, airport security, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, British Empire, Burning Man, California gold rush, carbon footprint, City Beautiful movement, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, Menlo Park, Nelson Mandela, period drama, pez dispenser, Port of Oakland, rent control, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, strikebreaker, transcontinental railway, unpaid internship, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, young professional

When pinpointing an address verbally to a cab driver or when giving directions, San Franciscans always give the crossroad rather than the number, and you’d do well to follow their example. Main MUNI & cable-car routes Useful bus routes BASICS | City transportation #5 From the Transbay Terminal, west alongside Haight-Ashbury and Golden Gate Park to the ocean. #7 From the Ferry Terminal (Market St) to the end of Haight Street and to Golden Gate Park. #20 (Golden Gate Transit) From Civic Center to the Golden Gate Bridge. #22 From the Marina up Pacific Heights and north on Fillmore. #28 & #29 From the Marina through the Presidio, north through Golden Gate Park, the Richmond, and Sunset. #30 From the CalTrain depot on Third Street, north to Ghirardelli Square, via Chinatown and North Beach, and out to Chestnut Street in the Marina district. #38 From Geary Street via Civic Center, west to the ocean along Geary Boulevard through Japantown and the Richmond, ending at Cliff House.

Blazing Saddles, which rents bicycles, has several locations (t415/202-8888, wwww.blazingsaddles.com or wwww .bikethebridge.com); two of the most convenient are 1095 Columbus Ave at Francisco, North Beach, and Pier 41. Rental for bikes is $7/hr, $28/day. Another option, with similar rates, is Bike & Roll, 899 Columbus Ave (t415/771-0392, wwww.bikeandroll.com). Wheel Fun Rentals, located in Golden Gate Park at 50 Stow Lake Drive (t415/668-6699, wwww.wheelfunrentals.com), offers bikes, choppers, and surreys at hourly, half-day, and day rates, and is a great way to see the park. San Francisco’s roads and pathways aren’t rollerblade-ready, but there are a few good places to skate at Marina Green and in Golden Gate Park. On Sunday, most of Golden Gate Park’s roads are closed to autos, bringing out hordes of rollerbladers and skaters. Skaters also use the flat sidewalk along Ocean Beach and the good trails around Lake Merced, although both are away from the action of Downtown.

Back at the top of the hill, across Point Lobos Avenue from Cliff House in Sutro Heights Park, only an enormous parapet survives from Sutro’s once lavish house, which was demolished in 1939 and its grounds stripped of their ornamental statuary. Golden Gate Park 142 Developed in the late nineteenth century, many years before the neighborhoods that surround it, GOLDEN GATE PARK (daily dawn–dusk; free; for schedules and tour information call T 415/263-0991 or 750-5442) manages to be both a pastoral retreat for San Franciscans and a bastion of local culture, with more than a thousand acres of gardens and forest, complemented by some of The eastern park If you’re entering Golden Gate Park by car or bike, follow Fell Street west until it becomes John F. Kennedy Drive, along which most of the major draws are located. The first worthwhile stop is the restored Conservatory of Flowers (Tues–Sun 9am–5pm; $5; T 415/666-7001, w www.conservatoryofflowers.org).


Frommer's San Francisco 2012 by Matthew Poole, Erika Lenkert, Kristin Luna

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.; 415/474-4843), located in the Marina District—it’s as cozy as an old leather couch. 3 The Golden Gate Bridge ★★★ It’s one of those things you have to do at least once in you life—walk across the fabled Golden Gate Bridge, the most photographed man-made structure in the world. As you would expect, the views along the span are spectacular and the wind a wee bit chilly, so bring a jacket. It takes at least an hour to walk northward to the vista point and back. When you return to the southern end, board either Muni bus no. 28 or 29 (be sure to ask the driver if the bus is headed toward Golden Gate Park). 4 Golden Gate Park ★★★ Stretching from the middle of the city to the Pacific Ocean and comprising 1,017 acres, Golden Gate Park is one of the city’s greatest attributes. Since its development in the late 1880s, it has provided San Franciscans with respite from urban life—offering dozens of well-tended gardens, museums, a buffalo paddock, a Victorian greenhouse, and great grassy expanses prime for picnicking, lounging, or tossing a Frisbee. Have the bus driver drop you off near John F.

The GGNRA extends into Marin County, where it encompasses the Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, and Olema Valley behind the Point Reyes National Seashore. See chapter 10 for information on Muir Woods. Golden Gate Park ★★★ Everybody loves Golden Gate Park—people, dogs, birds, frogs, turtles, bison, trees, bushes, and flowers. Literally, everything feels unified here in San Francisco’s enormous arboreal front yard. Conceived in the 1860s and 1870s, this great 1,017-acre landmark, which stretches inland from the Pacific coast, took shape in the 1880s and 1890s thanks to the skill and effort of John McLaren, a Scot who arrived in 1887 and began landscaping the park. The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. When he embarked on the project, sand dunes and wind presented enormous challenges. But McLaren had developed a new strain of grass called “sea bent,” which he planted to hold the sandy soil along the Firth of Forth back home, and he used it to anchor the soil here, too.

Log onto www.ridematch.511.org, click on “Bicycling,” then click on “Bike Buddy Matching.” 10. If city life is stressing you out, take some free tai chi lessons. Log onto www.sfnpc.org/tai-chi-in-the-parks for a list of places and times that the free lessons are offered. There’s no need to register; just show up and dress comfortably. The best Outdoor Activities • A Day in Golden Gate Park: Exploring Golden Gate Park is an essential part of the San Francisco experience. Its arboreal paths stretch from the Haight all the way to Ocean Beach, offering dozens of fun things to do along the way. Top sights are the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, the fabulous de Young Museum and its eco-fabulous cross-concourse neighbor, the California Academy of Sciences. The best time to go is Sunday, when main roads in the park are closed to traffic (rent a bike for the full effect).


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Frommer's Irreverent Guide to San Francisco by Matthew Richard Poole

Bay Area Rapid Transit, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, game design, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Loma Prieta earthquake, Maui Hawaii, old-boy network, 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.


Northern California Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Airbnb, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, Burning Man, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, dark matter, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, friendly fire, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Google bus, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, housing crisis, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, Lyft, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg, Mason jar, McMansion, means of production, Port of Oakland, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, the built environment, trade route, transcontinental railway, uber lyft, Upton Sinclair, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional

Pastel Postcard Row mansions along Alamo Sq's eastern side pale in comparison with the colorful characters along the northwestern end of this hilltop park. The northern side features Barbary Coast baroque mansions at their most bombastic, bedecked with fish-scale shingles and gingerbread trim dripping from peaked roofs. Alamo Square Park, San Francisco | /HAYK_SHALUNTS/SHUTTERSTOCK © DON'T MISS GOLDEN GATE PARK When San Franciscans refer to ‘the park,’ there’s only one that gets the definite article. Everything they hold dear is in Golden Gate Park ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; www.golden-gate-park.com; btwn Stanyan St & Great Hwy; pc#; g5, 7, 18, 21, 28, 29, 33, 44, mN), including free spirits, free music, Frisbee and bison. At the east end you can join year-round drum circles at Hippie Hill, sweater-clad athletes at the historic Lawn Bowling Club, toddlers clinging for dear life onto the 100-year-old carousel and meditators in the contemplative AIDS Memorial Grove.

Blazing SaddlesCYCLING ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %415-202-8888; www.blazingsaddles.com/san-francisco; 2715 Hyde St; bicycle rental per hour $8-15, per day $32-88, electric bikes per day $48-88; h8am-8pm; c; jPowell-Hyde) Blazing Saddles is tailored to visitors, with a main shop on Hyde St and six rental stands around Fisherman's Wharf, convenient for biking the Embarcadero or to the Golden Gate Bridge. It also rents electric bikes and offers a 24-hour return service – a big plus. Reserve online for a 20% discount; rental includes all extras (bungee cords, packs etc). Golden Gate Park Bike & SkateCYCLING ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %415-668-1117; www.goldengateparkbikeandskate.com; 3038 Fulton St; skates per hour $5-6, per day $20-24, bikes per hour $3-5, per day $15-25, tandem bikes per hour/day $15/75, discs $6/25; h10am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 7pm Sat & Sun; c; g5, 21, 31, 44) Besides bikes (for kids and adults) and skates (four-wheeled and inline), this rental shop just outside Golden Gate Park rents disc putters and drivers for the park's free Frisbee golf course. Bargain rates; helmets included with rentals. Call ahead to confirm it's open if the weather looks iffy. Kayaking & Whale-Watching oOceanic Society ExpeditionsCRUISE ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %415-256-9604; www.oceanicsociety.org; 3950 Scott St; whale-watching trips per person $128; hoffice 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat; g30) The Oceanic Society runs top-notch, naturalist-led, ocean-going weekend boat trips – sometimes to the Farallon Islands – during both whale-migration seasons.

AIDS Walk San FranciscoSPORTS (http://sf.aidswalk.net/; h3rd Sun Jul) Until AIDS takes a hike, you can: this 10km fundraiser walk through Golden Gate Park benefits 43 AIDS organizations. Over three decades, $88 million has been raised to fight the pandemic and support those living with HIV. Stern Grove FestivalMUSIC (www.sterngrove.org) Music for free among the redwood and eucalyptus trees every summer since 1938. Stern Grove's 2pm Sunday concerts include hip-hop, world music and jazz, but the biggest events are performances by the SF Ballet, SF Symphony and SF Opera. Hardly Strictly BluegrassMUSIC (www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com; hOct) The West goes wild for free bluegrass at Golden Gate Park, with three days of concerts by 100-plus bands and seven stages of headliners. LitquakeLITERATURE (www.litquake.org; h2nd week Oct) Stranger-than-fiction literary events take place during SF's outlandish literary festival, with authors leading lunchtime story sessions and spilling trade secrets over drinks at the legendary Lit Crawl.


Coastal California by Lonely Planet

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The Richmond, The Sunset & Golden Gate Park Sights 1California Academy of SciencesF3 2California Palace of the Legion of HonorB1 3Cliff HouseA2 4Conservatory of FlowersG3 5Japanese Tea GardenF3 6MH de Young Memorial MuseumF3 7Stow LakeE3 8Strybing Arboretum & Botanical GardensF3 Activities, Courses & Tours 9Avenue CycleryG3 10Golden Gate Park Bike & SkateF2 11Wheel Fun RentalsE3 Eating 12AzizaD2 13GenkiF1 14HaluF1 15KabutoE2 16NamuF2 17Nanking Road BistroF4 18OuterlandsB4 19SpicesF1 20Sunrise DeliD4 21Ton KiangD2 Drinking 22Beach Chalet BreweryA3 23HollowE4 24Plough & StarsF1 Entertainment 25Balboa TheaterC2 Shopping 26MolluskB4 27Park LifeF1 Activities Cycling & Skating Avenue Cyclery BICYCLE RENTAL ( 415-387-3155; www.avenuecyclery.com; 756 Stanyan St; per hr/day $8/30; 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, to 5pm Sun) Just outside Golden Gate Park in the Upper Haight; bike rental includes a helmet. Blazing Saddles BICYCLE RENTAL ( 415-202-8888; www.blazingsaddles.com; 2715 Hyde St; bikes per hr/day from $8/32; 8am-7:30pm, weather permitting; ) From this bike rental shop’s Fisherman’s Wharf outposts, cyclists can cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Sausalito ferry back to SF. Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate CYCLING, SKATING ( 415-668-1117; www.goldengateparkbikeandskate.com; 3038 Fulton St; per hr/day skates from $5/20, bikes from $3/15; 10am-6pm; ) To make the most of Golden Gate Park, rent wheels – especially Sundays and summer Saturdays, when JFK Dr is closed to vehicular traffic. Call ahead weekdays to make sure they’re open if the weather’s dismal.

DON’T MISS… »Saloons The Barbary Coast is roaring back to life with historically researched whiskey cocktails and staggering absinthe concoctions in San Francisco’s great Western saloon revival (Click here). »Foraged fine dining No SF tasting menu is complete without wild chanterelles, miner’s lettuce from Berkeley hillsides or SF-backyard nasturtium flowers, from Commonwealth (Click here) to Coi (Click here). »Green everything Recent reports rank San Francisco as the greenest city in North America, with its LEED-certified green hotels, pioneering citywide composting laws and America’s biggest stretch of urban greenery: Golden Gate Park (Click here). »Showtime Bewigged satire, world premiere opera, year-round film festivals, Grammy-winning symphonies and legendary, jawdropping drag: no one puts on a show like San Francisco, and the cheering, back-talking local audiences demand encores in no uncertain terms. SF’s Best Free… »Music Golden Gate Park (Click here) hosts free concerts summer through fall, from opera to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (Click here). »Speech City Lights Bookstore (Click here) won a landmark free speech case over the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s magnificent, incendiary Howl; take a seat in the designated Poet’s Chair and celebrate your right to read freely. »Love Pride (Click here) fills San Francisco streets with free candy, free condoms, and over a million people freely smooching total strangers under rainbow flags. »Spirits Anywhere within city limits, at any time – consider yourself warned.

Bonfires are permitted in designated fire-pits only; no alcohol allowed. One mile south of Ocean Beach, hang-gliders leap off 200ft cliffs and shorebirds nest in defunct Nike missile silos near the parking lot of Fort Funston (Skyline Blvd); follow the Great Hwy south, turn right onto Skyline Blvd and the entrance to the park is past Lake Merced on the right-hand side. GOLDEN GATE PARK When San Franciscans refer to ‘the park,’ there’s only one that gets the definite article. Everything that San Franciscans hold dear is in Golden Gate Park: free spirits, free music, redwoods, Frisbee, protests, fine art, bonsai and buffalo. An 1870 competition to design the park was won by 24-year-old William Hammond Hall, who spent the next two decades tenaciously fighting casino developers, theme-park boosters and slippery politicians to transform the 1017 acres of dunes into the world’s largest developed park.


Coastal California Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

1960s counterculture, Airbnb, airport security, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, flex fuel, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, income inequality, intermodal, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, low cost airline, Lyft, Mason jar, New Journalism, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, starchitect, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, trade route, transcontinental railway, uber lyft, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl, Wall-E, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar

Reserve online for a 20% discount; rental includes all extras (bungee cords, packs etc). Golden Gate Park Bike & SkateCYCLING ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; %415-668-1117; www.goldengateparkbikeandskate.com; 3038 Fulton St; skates per hour $5-6, per day $20-24, bikes per hour $3-5, per day $15-25, tandem bikes per hour/day $15/75, discs $6/25; h10am-6pm Mon-Fri, to 7pm Sat & Sun; c; g5, 21, 31, 44) Besides bikes (for kids and adults) and skates (four-wheeled and inline), this rental shop just outside Golden Gate Park rents disc putters and drivers for the park's free Frisbee golf course. Bargain rates; helmets included with rentals. Call ahead to confirm it's open if the weather looks iffy. DON'T MISS GOLDEN GATE PARK When San Franciscans refer to ‘the park,’ there’s only one that gets the definite article. Everything they hold dear is in Golden Gate Park ( MAP GOOGLE MAP ; www.golden-gate-park.com; btwn Stanyan St & Great Hwy; pc#; g5, 7, 18, 21, 28, 29, 33, 44, mN), including free spirits, free music, Frisbee and bison.

Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are entirely optional – San Franciscans mostly admire them from afar – leaving you free to pursue inspiration through Golden Gate Park, past flamboyantly painted Victorian homes and through Mission galleries. Just don't be late for your sensational, sustainable dinner: in San Francisco, you can find happiness and eat it too. When to Go AJan–Mar Low-season rates, brisk but rarely cold days, and Lunar New Year parade fireworks. AMay–Aug Farmers markets and festivals make up for high-season rates and chilly afternoon fog. ASep–Nov Blue skies, free concerts, bargain hotel rates and flavor-bursting harvest cuisine. Best Places to Eat A In Situ A Benu A La Taqueria A Rich Table A Cala A Al's Place Best Places to Sleep A Hotel Drisco A Argonaut Hotel A Hotel Vitale A Inn at the Presidio A Hotel Bohème San Francisco Highlights 1 Golden Gate Park Following your bliss through San Francisco's mile-wide wild streak. 2 Exploratorium Seeing how real life is cooler than science fiction. 3 Golden Gate Bridge Watching fog dance atop the deco towers. 4 Alcatraz Plotting your escape from San Francisco's notorious island prison. 5 Chinatown Wandering through 150 years of California history. 6 The Castro Coming out and celebrating LGBTIQ history in the center of the gay universe. 7 Coit Tower Climbing the tower, taking in the murals as you go before gazing at the panoramic views. 8 Ferry Building Grazing at San Francisco's local, sustainable-food destination.

AIDS Walk San FranciscoSPORTS (http://sf.aidswalk.net/; h3rd Sun Jul) Until AIDS takes a hike, you can: this 10km fundraiser walk through Golden Gate Park benefits 43 AIDS organizations. Over three decades, $88 million has been raised to fight the pandemic and support those living with HIV. Stern Grove FestivalMUSIC (www.sterngrove.org) Music for free among the redwood and eucalyptus trees every summer since 1938. Stern Grove's 2pm Sunday concerts include hip-hop, world music and jazz, but the biggest events are performances by the SF Ballet, SF Symphony and SF Opera. Hardly Strictly BluegrassMUSIC (www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com; hOct) The West goes wild for free bluegrass at Golden Gate Park, with three days of concerts by 100-plus bands and seven stages of headliners. LitquakeLITERATURE (www.litquake.org; h2nd week Oct) Stranger-than-fiction literary events take place during SF's outlandish literary festival, with authors leading lunchtime story sessions and spilling trade secrets over drinks at the legendary Lit Crawl.


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Frommer's California 2007 by Harry Basch, Mark Hiss, Erika Lenkert, Matthew Richard Poole

airport security, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, clean water, Columbine, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, indoor plumbing, Iridium satellite, Joan Didion, Maui Hawaii, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, sustainable-tourism, transcontinental railway, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration

Today the neighborhood straddling upper Haight Street, on the eastern border of Golden Gate Park, is more gentrified, but the commercial area still harbors all walks of life. Leftover hippies mingle outside Ben & Jerry’s with grungy, begging street kids, pot dealers, and people with Day-Glo hair. But you don’t need to be a freak or wear tie-dye to enjoy the Haight: The food, shops, and bars cover all tastes. From Haight Street, walk south on Cole Street for a more peaceful neighborhood experience. Richmond & Sunset Districts San Francisco’s answer to the suburbs, these districts are the city’s largest and most populous, consisting mainly of homes, shops, and restaurants. Both neighborhoods border Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, but few tourists venture into “The Avenues,” as locals call these areas.

Popular tourist routes are nos. 5, 7, or 71, all of which run to Golden Gate Park; 41 or 45, which travel along Union Street; and 30, which runs between Union Square and Ghirardelli Square. BY STREETCAR Five of Muni’s seven Metro streetcar lines—designated F, J, K, L, M, or N—run underground downtown and on the street in the outer neighborhoods. The sleek railcars make the same stops as the BART trains (see below) along Market Street, including Embarcadero Station (in the Financial District), Montgomery and Powell streets (both near Union Sq.), and the Civic Center (near City Hall). Past the Civic Center, the routes branch off in different directions: The J line will take you to Mission Dolores; the K, L, or M lines run to Castro Street; and the N line parallels Golden Gate Park and now extends all the way to the Embarcadero.

Cliff House Point Lobos Ave . Arguello Blvd. LINCOLN PARK Park Presidio Blvd. California St. Fulton St. Dr. edy John F . Kenn 1 7 6 GOLDEN GATE PARK 7th Ave. Judah St. D . Clare ndo n Mission Dolores 28 Octagon House St. 12 Lawton PIER 39 14 Precita Eyes Mural Center 29 The Presidio 3 San Francisco Maritime rr e n D r10 National Historical Park San Francisco MOMA 20 San Francisco Zoo 5 SBC Park 19 d. Woodsid TransAmerica PyramidBlv17 A ve e . y e Yerba Buena Center ew & Gardens 21 a Ferry Building Marketplace 16 SUNSET DISTRICT Flood Mansion 23 Fort Point 2 Ghirardelli Square 11 Glide Memorial Noriega St. Methodist Church 22 Golden Gate Bridge 1 Golden Gate Park 6 Grace Cathedral 24 1 Japan Center 25 Lombard Street 13 M.H. de Young Museum 7 e. s Av ssu Parna nd Ho . W a una Blvd g La 112 Irving St. 19th Ave.


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Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Airbnb, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, big-box store, Burning Man, car-free, carbon footprint, Charles Lindbergh, East Village, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Francisco Pizarro, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, haute cuisine, mass immigration, obamacare, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, the High Line, the payments system, transcontinental railway, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, Works Progress Administration

On average Saturdays here you can sign Green Party petitions, commission a poem, hear Hare Krishna on keyboards and Bob Dylan on banjo. The clock overhead always reads 4:20 – better known in herbal circles as International Bong-Hit Time. A local clockmaker recently fixed it; within a week it was stuck at 4:20. (g6, 7, 33, 37, 43) 1 Golden Gate Park & Around In 1865, the city voted to turn more than 1000 acres of sand dunes into Golden Gate Park (www.golden-gate-park.com; Stanyan St to Great Hwy; c#; g5, 7, 18, 21, 28, 29, 33, 44, mN) S. The park ends at Ocean Beach (%415-561-4323; www.parksconservancy.org; Great Hwy; hsunrise-sunset; pc; g5, 18, 31, mN), where Cliff House (%415-386-3330; www.cliffhouse.com; 1090 Point Lobos Ave; h9am-11pm Sun-Thu, to midnight Fri & Sat; g5, 18, 31, 38) F overlooks the splendid ruin of Sutro Baths (www.nps.gov/goga/historyculture/sutro-baths.htm; 680 Point Lobos Ave; hsunrise-sunset, visitor center 9am-5pm; p; g5, 31, 38) SF.

Oakland International Airport (OAK) Catch BART from the airport to Downtown ($10.05, every 10 to 20 minutes, 25 minutes to center) or take a shared van for $30 to $40. A taxi to SF destinations is $60 to $75. Golden Gate Park / MITCHELL FUNK / GETTY IMAGES © I San Francisco in Two Days On day one, hop aboard the Powell-Mason cable car and hold on for hills and thrills. Have lunch in the Ferry Building Map Google Map, then catch your pre-booked ferry to spooky Alcatraz. On day two, get the camera ready for Golden Gate Bridge vistas. Make a trip across the spanner, or visit Golden Gate Park for views from de Young Museum. Castro Theatre / MITCHELL FUNK / GETTY IMAGES © I San Francisco in Four Days Start day three in Chinatown. Hit Fisherman’s Wharf in the afternoon; take the Powell-Hyde cable car past zigzagging Lombard Street to Maritime National Historical Park.

The Mission & Potrero Hill Mission’s flat terrain makes it good for walking and biking; easy access to BART. Limited choice of accommodations. The Castro & Noe Valley Great nightlife, especially for GLBT travelers; easy access to Market St transit. Far from major tourist sights. The Haight & Hayes Valley Lots of bars and restaurants; Hayes Valley near cultural sights; the Haight near Golden Gate Park. Limited choices. Golden Gate Park & the Avenues Quiet nights; good for outdoor recreation; easier parking. Far from major sights; foggy and cold in summer. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK PIRIYA PHOTOGRAPHY / GETTY IMAGES © Yosemite National Park There’s a reason why everybody’s heard of it (and why four million visitors wend their way here annually): the granite-peak heights are dizzying, the mist from thunderous waterfalls drenching, the Technicolor wildflower meadows amazing and the majestic silhouettes of El Capitan and Half Dome almost shocking against a crisp blue sky.


California by Sara Benson

airport security, Albert Einstein, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Burning Man, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Columbine, dark matter, desegregation, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Joan Didion, Khyber Pass, Loma Prieta earthquake, low cost airline, McMansion, means of production, Menlo Park, planetary scale, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, the new new thing, trade route, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, urban sprawl, Wall-E, white picket fence, Whole Earth Catalog, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional

Running & Skating Marina Green has a 2.5-mile jogging track and fitness course, and you can tack on a run along Presidio trails to Baker Beach if you’re feeling buff. For an easy, flat jog, head to Golden Gate Park. Skateboards can be bought or rented at skate shops along Haight St. Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate (Map; 415-668-1117; www.goldengateparkbikeandskate.com; 3038 Fulton St; skate rental per hr/day $5/20; 10am-6pm) Just outside the park. Rents out bikes (per hour/day $5/25) and blades, as well as some old-school roller skates and discs for Frisbee golf. During the week, call ahead to make sure they’re not taking the day off – they live on Cali time. Surrey Bikes & Blades (Map; 415-668-6699; 50 Stow Lake Dr; skate rental per hr/day $6/20) Rents skates and mountain bikes (per hour $6-8, per day $20-25) right in the heart of Golden Gate Park. Cheap cruiser bikes are also available for the same price as skate rental.

Inside the park off 34th Ave you’ll find the California Palace of the Legion of Honor (Map; 415-863-3330; www.legionofhonor.org; adult/under 12yr/student $10/free/6, Tue free; 9:30am-5pm Tue-Sun), which was a gift to San Francisco from Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, a nude sculptor’s model who married and spent very well indeed. The building houses a world-class collection spanning medieval to 20th-century European art, with highlights including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, impressionist paintings and, in honor of ‘Big Alma’s’ early career, a sizable collection of sculpture by Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore. Golden Gate Park When San Franciscans refer to ‘the park,’ there’s only one that gets the definite article: Golden Gate Park. Everything that San Franciscans hold dear is here: free spirits, free music, redwoods, Frisbee, protests, fine art, bonsai and a balding penguin. An 1870 competition to design the park was won by 24-year-old William Hammond Hall, who spent the next two decades tenaciously fighting casino developers, theme-park boosters and slippery politicians to transform the 1017 acres of dunes into the largest developed park in the world.

Further afield, in Marin County, Mount Tam is the Bay Area’s supreme mountain-biking challenge (Click here). Golden Gate Park and the Presidio are best explored on two wheels, but be sure to obey traffic signals or you may get ticketed. According to California law, riders under 18 must wear a helmet, and every cyclist must have a light when pedaling at night. Always carry a good lock too, since bike theft is common. The website for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (Map; 415-431-2453; www.sfbike.org; 995 Market St; 10am-6pm Mon-Fri) contains all kinds of useful information about safe bicycling in San Francisco. Avenue Cyclery (Map; 415-387-3155; www.avenuecyclery.com; 756 Stanyan St; per hr/day $8/30; 10am-6pm) Just outside Golden Gate Park in the Upper Haight; bike rental includes a helmet. Blazing Saddles (Map; 415-202-8888; www.blazingsaddles.com; 1095 Columbus Ave; per hr $7-11, per day $20-48; 8am-6pm) The main store is in North Beach, plus rental stands along Fisherman’s Wharf.


Frommer's California 2009 by Matthew Poole, Harry Basch, Mark Hiss, Erika Lenkert

airport security, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, clean water, Columbine, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, European colonialism, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, indoor plumbing, Joan Didion, Mason jar, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, post-work, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Skype, South of Market, San Francisco, sustainable-tourism, transcontinental railway, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, Y Combinator

The 3,000-square-foot glass-enclosed extension behind the original landmark building offers mor e casual far e—with entrees ranging fr om $11 to $23—including rib-ey e steak, fish and chips, r oasted chicken, and pizza. R etractable glass walls r eveal Golden Gate Park’s landmark Dutch windmill, a fir eplace warms the room on chillier ev enings, and liv e music is per formed Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday evenings. Weather permitting, you can eat out back on the lawn, wher e a weekend barbecue is held from 11am to dusk in summer. The restaurant opens at 11am daily in the summer (noon in winter) and has v arying closing times, so call ahead. 1000 Great Hwy. (at west end of Golden Gate Park, near Fulton St.). & 415/386-8439. www.beachchalet. com. Main courses $8–$17 breakfast, $11–$27 lunch/dinner. AE, MC, V. Beach Chalet Mon–Fri 9am–11am; 5 W H E R E TO D I N E MOROCCAN If you’re looking for something r eally different—or a festive spot for a large par ty—head deep into the A venues for an ex otic taste of M orocco.

Cliff House Point Lobos Ave. 43rd Ave. Fulton St. ed John F. Kenn 1 y D r. 7 6 GOLDEN GATE PARK 7th Ave. Irving St. Judah St. ssu A v e. s D on Lombard Street 13 MissionLawton Dolores St. 28 Octagon House 12 PIER 39 14 Precita Eyes Mural Center 29 The Presidio 3 re San Francisco Maritime n Dr. National Historical Park 10 San Francisco MOMA 20 San Francisco Zoo 5 . Wood TransAmerica Pyramid B17 lvd Aveside . y e Yerba Buena Center ew& Gardens 21 a nd Ho . War una Blvd g La Exploratorium/Palace of Fine Arts 8 SUNSET DISTRICT Farmers’ Market 16 Ferry Building Marketplace 16 Flood Mansion 23 Fort Point 2 Noriega St. Ghirardelli Square 11 Glide Memorial Methodist Church 22 Golden Gate Bridge 1 1 Golden Gate Park 6 Grace Cathedral 24 Japan Center 25 Pa rn a end 19th Ave. Alamo Square Historic District 26 Alcatraz Island 9 Asian Art Museum 27 AT&T Park 19 The Bay Bridge 18 California Palace of the Legion of Honor 4 City Hall 27 Civic Center 27 Coit Tower 15 de Young Museum/California Academy of Sciences 7 Irving St. 25th Ave.

It’s also a flat-out stunning and very worthy excursion. Beginning in the city, it follows a rough circle around the bay and passes vir tually all the best-known sights, fr om Chinatown to the G olden Gate Bridge, Ocean Beach, Seal Rocks, Golden Gate Park, and Twin Peaks. Originally designed for the benefit of visitors to San Francisco’s 1939 and 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition, the route is marked by blue-and-white seagull signs. Although it makes an ex cellent half-day tour, this miniexcursion can easily take longer if y ou decide, for example, to stop to walk acr oss the Golden Gate Bridge or to have tea in Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden. The San Francisco Visitor Information Center, at Powell and Market streets (p. 66), distributes free route maps, which ar e handy since a fe w of the Scenic D rive marker signs are missing.


Hollow City by Rebecca Solnit, Susan Schwartzenberg

blue-collar work, Brownian motion, dematerialisation, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, informal economy, Jane Jacobs, Loma Prieta earthquake, low skilled workers, new economy, New Urbanism, pets.com, rent control, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, wage slave

Most of San claim their outings to the park or the opera have been ruined Francisco's is not that the homeless pose to the housed, but that they are unaes- mayors since the 1980s have responded with punitive measures focusing on clearing certain sidiary tactics like arresting to the homeless. Willie Food Not Bombs members Brown, helicopters to rout sleepers areas, as well as sub- who once proposed for serving food using heat-detecting from Golden Gate Park, has presided over the elimination of benches from the plaza in ft"ont of City Hall and the long-term cyclone-fencing-off^ of one hangout zone Street in Golden Gate Park. Corr documents at the (in a head of Haight book written decades-old collective household in the Western Addition) mid-1990s on Homes Not Jails in a how from the used squatting aligned with community organizing, public activism and other tactics to try to house the homeless, and how they often — albeit temporarily —succeeded (activists in other — THE SHOPPING CART AND THE LEXUS communities, notably Since Homes Not Jails tions have Seattle, 59 have achieved more permanent victories).

eral incidents in cell, long incarceration on dubious charges. back to the nineteenth century depict the I Peltier. laboriously realistic paint- ings of indigenous people, a facsimile of his jail one for each year of On M. H. de mini-museum of American Indian Movement leader Leonard steps, with waving hot pink capes. bull) Pacific, Young Memorial Museum and admire artist the through Golden Gate Park, which tai chi, three students and an instructor (but back from if than weather and natural people sunning themselves and what looks to be a matador my way young see that a the races represented, bounding dogs on the lawns, roUerbladers dancing a I my friend Catherine e-mails me from the solicited for adventures in the shrubbery, less and Bishop Hispanic as he looks. "The strongest argu- begins a few blocks west of the church, and training, elderly becoming homeless.

when a fascinating the region belonged These photographs roles artists can play in cities documenting the Yerba Buena testify and con- conflict in Hatch and Janet Delaney (Along the same lines, the photographer Lewis Watts saved the photo collection from Red Powell's Shine Parlor on Fillmore Street, a marvelous array of publicity shots of the musicians who came through and reinstalled them In the late 1950s in the nearby and 1950s, restored them, New Chicago Barbershop.) San Franciscans fought to prevent the freeway system from completely garroting the to the Pacific in the 1940s Ocean (and city and ripping through Golden Gate Park the 1989 earthquake gave its support to this cause by shattering the Embarcadero Freeway and parts of the Central HOLLOW CITY 54 Freeway, which have since been cleared away). and groups did much to save the cable and historic radicals national Hotel trict genteel individuals and protect Victorian houses neighborhoods. But after Yerba Buena, a younger group of began in force.


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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, John Markoff, 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.)


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Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

Charles Lindbergh, Donner party, East Village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Joan Didion, Khartoum Gordon, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Maui Hawaii, profit motive, sealed-bid auction

He tells me he’s been shooting crystal, which I already pretty much know because he does not bother to keep his sleeves rolled down over the needle tracks. He came up from Los Angeles some number of weeks ago, he doesn’t remember what number, and now he’ll take off for New York, if he can find a ride. I show him a sign offering a ride to Chicago. He wonders where Chicago is. I ask where he comes from. “Here,” he says. I mean before here. “San Jose, Chula Vista, I dunno. My mother’s in Chula Vista.” A few days later I run into him in Golden Gate Park when the Grateful Dead are playing. I ask if he found a ride to New York. “I hear New York’s a bummer,” he says. Deadeye never showed up that day on the Street, and somebody says maybe I can find him at his place. It is three o’clock and Deadeye is in bed. Somebody else is asleep on the living-room couch, and a girl is sleeping on the floor beneath a poster of Allen Ginsberg, and there are a couple of girls in pajamas making instant coffee.

“But now I’m more or less working in the vein of being an artist or a model or a cosmetologist. Or something.” I hear quite a bit about one cop, Officer Arthur Gerrans, whose name has become a synonym for zealotry on the Street. “He’s our Officer Krupke,” Max once told me. Max is not personally wild about Officer Gerrans because Officer Gerrans took Max in after the Human Be-in last winter, that’s the big Human Be-in in Golden Gate Park where 20, 000 people got turned on free, or 10, 000 did, or some number did, but then Officer Gerrans has busted almost everyone in the District at one time or another. Presumably to forestall a cult of personality, Officer Gerrans was transferred out of the District not long ago, and when I see him it is not at the Park Station but at the Central Station on Greenwich Avenue. We are in an interrogation room, and I am interrogating Officer Gerrans.

“We already got an emergency,” he says into the telephone, meanwhile trying to disentangle his daughter, age one and a half, from the cord. “We don’t get help here, nobody can guarantee what’s going to happen. We’ve got people sleeping in the streets here. We’ve got people starving to death.” He pauses.”All right,” he says then, and his voice rises.”So they’re doing it by choice. So what.” By the time he hangs up he has limned what strikes me as a pretty Dickensian picture of life on the edge of Golden Gate Park, but then this is my first exposure to Arthur Lisch’s “riot-on-the-Street-unless” pitch. Arthur Lisch is a kind of leader of the Diggers, who, in the official District mythology, are supposed to be a group of anonymous good guys with no thought in their collective head but to lend a helping hand. The official District mythology also has it that the Diggers have no “leaders,” but nonetheless Arthur Lisch is one.


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Fodor's California 2014 by Fodor's

1960s counterculture, active transport: walking or cycling, affirmative action, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, California gold rush, car-free, centre right, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, Donner party, Downton Abbey, East Village, El Camino Real, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, Kickstarter, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, trade route, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, young professional

The downstairs theater shows Disney films (free with admission, $7 without) twice daily. | Main Post,104 Montgomery St., off Lincoln Blvd. | 94129 | 415/345–6800 | www.waltdisney.org | $20 | Wed.–Mon. 10–6. Golden Gate Park and the Western Shoreline More than 1,000 acres, stretching from the Haight all the way to the windy Pacific coast, Golden Gate Park is a vast patchwork of woods, trails, lakes, lush gardens, sports facilities, museums—even a herd of buffalo. There’s more natural beauty beyond the park’s borders, along San Francisco’s wild Western Shoreline. Previous Map | Next Map | California Maps Exploring Golden Gate Park Previous Map | Next Map | California Maps California Academy of Sciences. With its native plant–covered living roof, retractable ceiling, three-story rain forest, gigantic planetarium, living coral reef, and frolicking penguins, the Cal Academy is one of the city’s most spectacular treasures.

Images of California California Maps Experience California San Diego Orange County and Catalina Island Los Angeles The Central Coast Channel Islands National Park The Monterey Bay Area San Francisco The Bay Area The Wine Country The North Coast Redwood National Park The Inland Empire Palm Springs Joshua Tree National Park The Mojave Desert Death Valley National Park The Central Valley The Southern Sierra Yosemite National Park Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Sacramento and the Gold Country Lake Tahoe The Far North Travel Smart California About Our Writers Credits and Copyright Main Table of Contents San Diego Downtown, Balboa Park, Zoo and Coronado Old Town San Diego Mission Bay and SeaWorld La Jolla Harbor and Shelter Islands and Point Loma Orange County and Catalina Island Orange County Coast Catalina Island: West Catalina Island: East Los Angeles Hollywood Beverly Hills and the Westside Downtown Los Angeles Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu Pasadena Area The Central Coast Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Santa Barbara San Luis Obispo County and Big Sur Channel Islands National Park Channel Islands: Santa Cruz and Anacapa Channel Islands: San Miguel and Santa Rosa The Monterey Bay Area Monterey Bay Area Monterey San Francisco Union Square SoMA Civic Center Nob Hill and Russian Hill North Beach and On the Waterfront The Marina The Presidio Western Shoreline and Golden Gate Park West Golden Gate Park East Haight, Castro, Noe Valley, and the Mission Pacific Heights and Japantown The Bay Area Berkeley Oakland Marin County The Wine Country Napa Valley Sonoma Valley Elsewhere in Sonoma County The North Coast Sonoma Coast Mendocino Coast Redwood Country Redwood National Park Redwood National Park The Inland Empire The Inland Empire Palm Springs The Desert Resorts Palm Springs Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree National Park The Mojave Desert The Western Mojave The Eastern Mojave Death Valley National Park Death Valley National Park The Central Valley South and Mid Central Valley Fresno Area North Central Valley The Southern Sierra The Southern Sierra Yosemite National Park Yosemite Yosemite’s Valley Floor Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Western Sequoia National Park Western Kings Canyon National Park Kings Canyon’s Cedar Grove Area Sacramento and the Gold Country Sacramento The Gold Country—South The Gold Country—North Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe The Far North The Far North Lassen Volcanic National Park Main Table of Contents What’s New in California What’s Where California Planner When to Go California Today Top Attractions California’s Top Experiences Quintessential California If You Like Great Itineraries FAQ Next Chapter | Table of Contents Foodie’s Paradise Great dining is a staple of the California lifestyle, and a new young generation of chefs is challenging old ideas about preparing and presenting great food.

Chinatown, chock-full of dim sum shops, storefront temples, and open-air markets, promises unfamiliar tastes for lunch. Catch a Powell Street cable car to the end of the line and get off to see the bay views and the antique arcade games at Musée Mécanique, the hidden gem of otherwise mindless Fisherman’s Wharf. No need to go any farther than cosmopolitan North Beach for cocktail hour, dinner, and live music. Day 2: Golden Gate Park In Golden Gate Park, linger amid the flora of the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, soak up some art at the de Young Museum, and find serene refreshment at the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden. The Pacific surf pounds the cliffs below the Legion of Honor art museum, which has an exquisite view of the Golden Gate Bridge—when the fog stays away. Sunset cocktails at the circa-1909 Cliff House include a prospect over Seal Rock (actually occupied by sea lions).


Western USA by Lonely Planet

airport security, Albert Einstein, Apple II, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, Donner party, East Village, edge city, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, illegal immigration, intermodal, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, Mahatma Gandhi, Mars Rover, Maui Hawaii, off grid, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, South of Market, San Francisco, starchitect, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, supervolcano, trade route, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, urban planning, women in the workforce, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar

JAPANTOWN & PACIFIC HEIGHTS Atop every Japantown sushi counter perches a maneki neko, the porcelain cat with one paw raised in permanent welcome: this is your cue to unwind with shiatsu massages at Kabuki Hot Springs, eco-entertainment and non-GMO popcorn at Sundance Kabuki Cinema, world-class jazz at Yoshi’s or mind-blowing rock at the Fillmore. GOLDEN GATE PARK & AROUND San Francisco was way ahead of its time in 1865, when the city voted to turn 1017 acres of sand dunes into the world’s largest city stretch of green, Golden Gate Park. This ambitious green scheme scared off Frederick Law Olmstead, the celebrated architect of New York’s Central Park, and thwarted real estate speculators’ plans to turn Golden Gate Park into a theme-park resort. Instead of hotels and casinos, park architect William Hammond Hall insisted on botanical gardens and a Japanese Tea Garden. Toward Ocean Beach, the park’s scenery turns quixotic, with bison stampeding in their paddock toward windswept windmills.

Break for burritos, then hoof it to the Haight for flashbacks at vintage boutiques and the Summer of Love site: Golden Gate Park. Glimpse Golden Gate Bridge views atop the MH de Young Museum, take a walk on the wild side inside the California Academy of Sciences rainforest dome, then dig into organic Cal-Moroccan feasts at Aziza. Sights Let San Francisco’s 43 hills and more than 80 arts venues stretch your legs and imagin-ation, and take in some (literally) breathtaking views. The 7 x 7-mile city is laid out on a staid grid, but its main street is a diagonal contrarian streak called Market St. Downtown sights are within walking distance of Market St, but keep your city smarts and wits about you, especially around South of Market (SoMa) and the Tenderloin (5th to 9th Sts). SF’s most historic landmarks are in the Mission, while exciting new destinations are inside Golden Gate Park. San Francisco & the Bay Area Sights 1Baker BeachB3 2California Palace of the Legion of HonorB4 3Candlestick ParkC4 4Cliff HouseB4 5di Rosa Art + Nature PreserveC1 6Fort PointC3 7Golden Gate ParkB4 8Jack London Historic State ParkB1 9Lands EndB4 10Muir Woods National MonumentB3 11Ocean BeachB4 12Pantoll StationB3 13Point Reyes LighthouseA3 14Rodeo BeachB3 15University of California, BerkeleyC3 ACTIVITIES, COURSES & TOURS 16Aqua Surf ShopB4 Sutro Baths(see 4) Sleeping 17HI Marin Headlands HostelB3 18HI Point Reyes HostelA3 19Motel InvernessA2 Downtown San Francisco Top Sights Asian Art MuseumC7 Coit TowerD3 Davies Symphony HallB7 Ferry BuildingF4 San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtE6 Sights 114 GearyE6 249 GearyE6 377 GearyD6 4Aquarium of the BayD2 5Aquatic Park BathhouseB2 6Art InstituteC3 7Beat MuseumD4 8Cartoon Art MuseumE6 9Catharine Clark GalleryE6 10Children’s Creativity MuseumE6 11Chinatown GateD5 12Chinese Culture CenterD4 13Chinese Historical Society of America MuseumD5 14City HallB7 15Contemporary Jewish MuseumE6 16George Sterling ParkB3 17Grace CathedralC5 18Hyde Street Pier Historic ShipsB2 19Musée MécaniqueC2 20Museum of African DiasporaE6 21Museum of Craft & Folk ArtsE6 22Pier 39D1 23San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkB2 24Transamerica PyramidE4 25Union SquareD6 26Uss PampanitoC2 Activities, Courses & Tours 27Adventure CatD2 28Alcatraz CruisesD2 29Blazing SaddlesB2 30City KayakG6 31Meeting Point for Fire Engine ToursB2 Sleeping 32Golden Gate HotelD5 33Hotel AbriD6 34Hotel BohèmeD4 35Hotel des ArtsD5 36Hotel RexD5 37Hotel VitaleF5 38Orchard Garden HotelD5 39Pacific TradewindsE5 40Petite AubergeC5 41San Remo HotelC3 42Stratford HotelD6 Eating 43Bar JulesA8 44BenuE6 45BocadillosE4 46Brenda's French Soul FoodB6 47CinecittàD3 48CoiE4 49CotognaE4 50Crown & CrumpetB2 51FarmerbrownD6 52Farmers MarketF4 53GitaneE5 Gott's Roadside(see 52) Hog Island Oyster Company(see 52) 54In-N-Out BurgerC2 55JardinièreB7 Mijita(see 52) 56MolinariD4 57Off the GridA2 58Saigon Sandwich ShopC6 Slanted Door(see 52) Drinking 59Aunt Charlie'sD6 60EndupE7 61Rebel BarB8 62Smuggler's CoveB7 63StudD8 64Tosca CafeD4 Entertainment 65111 MinnaE5 66American Conservatory TheaterD6 67AT&T ParkG7 68Cat ClubD8 69Club FugaziD3 70HarlotE5 71MezzanineD7 TIX Bay Area(see 25) 72War Memorial Opera HouseB7 73Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsE6 Shopping 74City Lights BookstoreD4 SOMA Cartoon Art Museum MUSEUM ( 415-227-8666; www.cartoonart.org; 655 Mission St; adult/child $7/5; 11am-5pm Tue-Sun) Comics earn serious consideration with shows of original Watchmen covers, too-hot-to-print political cartoons and lectures with local Pixar studio heads.

Men and women alternate days, and bathing suits are required on coed Tuesdays. Oceanic Society Expeditions BOATING ( 415-474-3385; www.oceanic-society.org; per person $100-120; office 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, trips Sat & Sun) Whale sightings aren’t a fluke on naturalist-led, ocean-going weekend boat trips during mid-October through December migrations. Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate CYCLING, SKATING ( 415-668-1117; www.goldengateparkbikeandskate.com; 3038 Fulton St; skates per hr/day from $5/20, bikes $3/15, tandem bikes $15/75, discs $6/25; 10am-6pm) To make the most of Golden Gate Park, rent wheels – especially Sundays and summer Saturdays, when JFK Dr is closed to vehicular traffic – or disc golf equipment. Blazing Saddles CYCLING ( 415-202-8888; www.blazingsaddles.com; 2715 Hyde St; bikes per hr/day from $8/$32; 8am-7:30pm) From this bike rental shop’s Fisherman’s Wharf outposts, cyclists can cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Sausalito ferry back to SF (weather permitting). 18 Reasons COOKING ( 415-252-9816; www.18reasons.org; 593 Guerrero St; 6:30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 7am-4:30pm Sun) Go gourmet at this local food community nonprofit offering knife-skills and edible perfume workshops, wine and cheese tastings, and more.


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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Albert Einstein, epigenetics, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Khan Academy, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Zuckerberg, Mason jar, placebo effect, randomized controlled trial, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Silicon Valley, skunkworks, Skype, stem cell

I’m at the wheel and Olsson is beside me in the passenger seat, smiling broadly, reliving the moment five years ago when he saw God. “I ran for an hour or so, six miles I think, and I came home and sat in my living room chair.” His voice is quivering a little here, he’s almost laughing. “And I had this dull headache, that good headache, and I felt the most intense peace and unity in the world . . . everything. . . .” Our destination today is Golden Gate Park, which offers miles of uninterrupted jogging tracks beneath the canopies of blue gum eucalyptus, Tasmanian tree ferns, cypress, and redwoods. Because the tracks are dirt, we won’t split our heads open and die if we suddenly go unconscious, which, Olsson warns, is a rare but real side effect of the breathing-way-less thing we’ll be attempting. Olsson swears by this approach. He and his clients have reported profound improvements in endurance and well-being after a few weeks of training.

Buteyko took a walk. In the asthma ward, he found a man stooped over, fighting suffocation, gasping for air. Buteyko approached and showed him the technique he’d been using on himself. After a few minutes, the patient calmed down. He inhaled a careful and clear breath through his nose and then calmly exhaled. Suddenly, his face flushed with color. The asthma attack was over. * * * • • • Back in Golden Gate Park, Olsson and I are jogging deeper into the foot trail. The bucolic scene of dappled sunlight and Avatar trees has morphed into a more urban mess of wheel-less shopping carts and suspicious mounds of toilet paper. We realize the path less traveled may be less traveled for a reason. A quick left, and we’re on our way back to the coastal route. We jog past an old hippie sitting on a tree stump playing the Jeopardy!

Just a few weeks of the training significantly increased endurance, reduced more “trunk fat,” improved cardiovascular function, and boosted muscle mass compared to normal-breathing exercise. This list goes on. The takeaway is that hypoventilation works. It helps train the body to do more with less. But that doesn’t mean it’s pleasant. * * * • • • Olsson and I emerge from the shady tranquility of Golden Gate Park, stopping to face the wind-ripped Pacific Ocean. We’ve just jogged a few miles, inhaling fast and exhaling very long breaths to a count of about seven or higher, trying to keep our lungs roughly half full. I want to believe that this training may be helping me as it helped Zátopek, Counsilman’s swimmers, Wooron’s runners, and everyone else, but the past several minutes have been a challenge.


A Paradise Built in Hell: Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit

Berlin Wall, Burning Man, centre right, Community Supported Agriculture, David Graeber, different worldview, dumpster diving, Golden Gate Park, illegal immigration, Loma Prieta earthquake, means of production, Mikhail Gorbachev, Naomi Klein, Nelson Mandela, race to the bottom, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rent control, South of Market, San Francisco, Thomas Malthus, Upton Sinclair, urban planning, War on Poverty, yellow journalism

“Powder, paint, jewelry, hair switch, all were on when I started my flight down one hundred twenty stairs to the street,” she recalled. The house in western San Francisco was slightly damaged, her downtown place of business—she was a beautician and masseuse—was “a total wreck,” and so she salvaged what she could and moved on with a friend, Mr. Paulson. They camped out in Union Square downtown until the fires came close and soldiers drove them onward. Like thousands of others, they ended up trudging with their bundles to Golden Gate Park, the thousand-acre park that runs all the way west to the Pacific Ocean. There they spread an old quilt “and lay down . . . not to sleep, but to shiver with cold from fog and mist and watch the flames of the burning city, whose blaze shone far above the trees.” On their third day in the park, she stitched together blankets, carpets, and sheets to make a tent that sheltered twenty-two people, including thirteen children.

Schmitt’s reminiscences continue, “Then when the dynamite explosions were making the night noisy and keeping everybody awake and anxious, the girls or some of the refugees would start playing the piano, and Billy Delaney and other folks would start singing; so that the place became quite homey and sociable, considering it was on the sidewalk, outside the high school, and the town all around it was on fire.” Thomas A. Burns, who was a partner in one of those produce firms Schmitt routinely patrolled, also took care of his neighbors. He lived on Lyon Street next to the Panhandle—the long strip of greensward east of Golden Gate Park—and he owned a wagon and team of horses. That first day, he took fifty boxes of oranges to the Panhandle and gave them away, then went to his house, which had been shaken from its foundation but was otherwise fine. Into it he moved dozens of guests, “some that we knew before and some that we did not know from Adam. All were refugees from the fire. And, for some reason that I cannot explain, the house still had its supply of running water.

No matter where you went or who you spoke to, in the thick of that ruin with the fire blazing all around you, somebody found something to joke about.” There were tragedies nonetheless. A man from the business department of one of the city’s many newspapers found a baby about four months old abandoned, orphaned, or lost the day of the quake, carried it with him, joined up with a stray company of opera singers whose female members helped care for the child and found it some milk, and took it to sleep with him in Golden Gate Park that night, embraced it to keep it warm, but found it cold and dead when he awoke. Tragedies and gen erosities: the plumbers union decided, five days after the earthquake, to volunteer their services without pay for a week, “and in pursuance of this action about five hundred plumbers worked day and night for over a week repairing all broken pipes and stopping waste of water in the unburned district.”


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The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales From a Strange Time by Hunter S. Thompson

anti-communist, back-to-the-land, buy low sell high, complexity theory, computer age, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Francisco Pizarro, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, job automation, land reform, Mason jar, New Journalism, non-fiction novel, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan, urban decay, urban renewal, urban sprawl

Even now, most of the games are so fucking dull that it's hard to understand how anybody can even watch them on TV unless they have some money hanging on the point spread, instead of the final score. Pro football in America is over the hump. Ten years ago it was a very hip and private kind of vice to be into. I remember going to my first 49er game in 1965 with 15 beers in a plastic cooler and a Dr. Grabow pipe full of bad hash. The 49ers were still playing in Kezar stadium then, an old grey hulk at the western end of Haight Street in Golden Gate Park. There were never any sellouts, but the 30,000 or so regulars were extremely heavy drinkers, and at least 10,000 of them were out there for no other reason except to get involved in serious violence. . . By halftime the place was a drunken madhouse, and anybody who couldn't get it on anywhere else could always go underneath the stands and try to get into the long trough of a "Men's Room" through the "Out" door; there were always a few mean drunks lurking around to punch anybody who tried that. . . and by the end of the third quarter of any game, regardless of the score, there were always two or three huge brawls that would require the cops to clear out whole sections of the grandstand.

Now, in 1967, there is not much doubt that Berkeley has gone through a revolution of some kind, but the end result is not exactly what the original leaders had in mind. Many one-time activists have forsaken politics entirely and turned to drugs. Others have even forsaken Berkeley. During 1966, the hot center of revolutionary action on the Coast began moving across the bay to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, a run down Victorian neighborhood of about 40 square blocks between the Negro/Fillmore district and Golden Gate Park. The "Hashbury" is the new capital of what is rapidly becoming a drug culture. Its denizens are not called radicals or beatniks, but "hippies" -- and perhaps as many as half are refugees from Berkeley and the old North Beach scene, the cradle and the casket of the so-called Beat Generation. The other half of the hippy population is too young to identify with Jack Kerouac, or even with Mario Savio.

They have good reason to be leery of strangers who ask questions. A 22-year-old student was recently sentenced to two years in prison for telling an undercover narcotics agent where to buy some marijuana. "Love" is the password in the Haight-Ashbury, but paranoia is the style. Nobody wants to go to jail. At the same time, marijuana is everywhere. People smoke it on the sidewalks, in doughnut shops, sitting in parked cars or lounging on the grass in Golden Gate Park. Nearly everyone on the streets between 20 and 30 is a "head," a user, either of marijuana, LSD, or both. To refuse a proffered "joint" is to risk being labeled a "nark" -- narcotics agent -- a threat and a menace to almost everybody. With a few loud exceptions, it is only the younger hippies who see themselves as a new breed. "A completely new thing in this world, man." The ex-beatniks among them, many of whom are now making money off the new scene, incline to the view that hippies are, in fact, second-generation beatniks and that everything genuine in the Haight-Ashbury is about to be swallowed -- like North Beach and the Village -- in a wave of publicity and commercialism.


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A Crack in the Edge of the World by Simon Winchester

Albert Einstein, Asilomar, butterfly effect, California gold rush, Golden Gate Park, index card, indoor plumbing, lateral thinking, 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.


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Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson by Corey Seymour, Johnny Depp, Jann S. Wenner

Bonfire of the Vanities, buy low sell high, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Mason jar, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, Ralph Nader, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, South China Sea, South of Market, San Francisco, Y2K

He and I rented a trailer and I moved them down, which was another adventure because the mattress flew out of the trailer, as it usually does. It was there where he mostly wrote Hell’s Angels. CHAPTER THREE San Francisco, Hells Angels, and Merry Pranksters I saw him two days after they beat him up. Both of his eyes were filled with blood. His ribs were taped. He could hardly stand up. SANDY THOMPSON We moved to San Francisco and got a place at the top of Golden Gate Park, right at the edge of the Haight. The Haight-Ashbury scene was just beginning—this was in ’65. We had very little money. Every once in a while there would be an article and a little more money, and one of these was the piece for The Nation on the Hells Angels. So that’s where it all began. Ian Ballantine, who would become Hunter’s book editor, came out from New York and offered Hunter a contract.

But when Juan was two years old we had a tree, and we continued to have a tree for Juan so that when he got older he would know Christmas. Hunter would get up for a couple hours while Juan opened presents, and then he’d go back to bed. He didn’t behave badly, and he would get me a present. But we never celebrated my birthday, ever, until the year that I left him. JACK THIBEAU We first met at a bar before a football game with John Clancy and then took a cab across Golden Gate Park to Kezar Stadium. He was writing Hell’s Angels, and he told me I looked like an Oakland undercover cop covering the Angels. I just sort of shrugged that one off, and he goes, “Reach into my pocket and grab some of those brownies.” There was a whole mess of brownies that he said one of the Angels had given him. I nibbled on some. By the time we got to Kezar, we were unredeemable. He started screaming epithets during the game—“RIP HIS THROAT OUT!”

He was a friend and a wild boy in the neighborhood. He lived with a guy named Tom, another friend, who fixed Hunter’s cars and motorcycles. I could call on either of them in a second for any kind of help. You wanted Tex on your side—let’s put it that way. You didn’t want to fuck with Tex. TEX WEAVER I first met Hunter when I was visiting my sister-in-law in San Francisco in the late sixties, and I used to go out to Golden Gate Park on my motorcycle at two or three a.m. and ride through the park as fast as I could possibly fucking go. I was always watching, because if you see some headlights coming, maybe it’s the police, you know. But I see headlights coming at me and I realize it’s a motorcycle, and I realize the son of a bitch is going as fast as I am. So I go to the right, and this guy mirrors it. I go to the left; he mirrors it.


Python Geospatial Development - Second Edition by Erik Westra

capital controls, database schema, Firefox, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, Mercator projection, natural language processing, openstreetmap, Silicon Valley, web application

This database might include geographical features, roads, the location of prominent buildings, and other man-made features such as bridges, airports, and so on. Such a database can be a valuable resource for answering various questions. For example: What's the longest road in Sausalito? How many bridges are there in Oakland? What is the total area of the Golden Gate Park? How far is it from the Pier 39 to the Moscone Center? Many of these types of problems can be solved using tools such as the PostGIS spatially-enabled database. For example, to calculate the total area of the Golden Gate Park, you might use the following SQL query: select ST_Area(geometry) from features where name = "Golden Gate Park"; To calculate the distance between two places, you first have to geocode the locations to obtain their latitude and longitude. There are various ways to do this; one simple approach is to use a free geocoding web service, such as this: http://nominatim.openstreetmap.org/search?


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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

David Heinemeier Hansson, dumpster diving, Golden Gate Park, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, lone genius, side project, Wunderkammern

. •••••••••• 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.


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Dead Companies Walking by Scott Fearon

bank run, Bernie Madoff, business cycle, corporate raider, creative destruction, crony capitalism, Donald Trump, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, fear of failure, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, housing crisis, index fund, Jeff Bezos, Joseph Schumpeter, late fees, McMansion, moral hazard, new economy, pets.com, Ponzi scheme, Ronald Reagan, short selling, Silicon Valley, Snapchat, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, survivorship bias, Upton Sinclair, Vanguard fund, young professional

They’re huge and they’re only going to get more popular as time goes on.” After I expressed skepticism about this claim, she came back with the most preposterous prediction I have heard in thirty years of listening to preposterously optimistic predictions from analysts, executives, and entrepreneurs: “Mark my words, Scott,” she pronounced. “In ten years’ time, for every one bike you see in Golden Gate Park on a sunny day, you’re going to see ten people on Rollerblades.” “Let me ask you a question,” I said. “Do you Rollerblade?” “Absolutely!” she exclaimed. “So do all my friends. I do it every morning before work. It’s the best workout you can get!” I thanked her for her time, hung up the phone, and promptly shorted the stock of First Team Sports. At the time, it was around $6, and to hear people in the business talk, it was quickly heading higher.

My father used to bring my brother and me along to San Francisco when he attended conferences there, and I have fond memories of walking from our hotel in Union Square through Chinatown and into the original Cost Plus location in Fisherman’s Wharf. That original location—which opened way back in the 1950s—was the first major treasure hunt retailer, and it was as much of a destination in San Francisco as Coit Tower or Golden Gate Park. Stepping through the doors was like going on a mini round-the-world tour. I can still smell the mix of teak and wood oil and wicker. You never knew what you’d find. It had exotic but inexpensive Asian furniture, weird crackers from Denmark, tins of Iranian caviar, handmade soap from Mexico. It was a complete grab bag. It was also the first American retailer to import cheap but high-quality wines from places like Chile and Australia.


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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Asilomar, Bonfire of the Vanities, Buckminster Fuller, edge city, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 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.


A Clearing in the Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century by Witold Rybczynski

California gold rush, City Beautiful movement, clean water, David Brooks, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, joint-stock company, Louis Pasteur, New Urbanism, place-making, transcontinental railway, urban planning, urban renewal

They promised to “enlarge the scale of operations in the Spring, with entire confidence, based upon the experience we have now had, in the ability and zeal with which we shall be sustained, not only by the gentlemen whom we have named [the engineering team], but by all who are engaged in the service of your Board.” * * * 1. The San Francisco plan appears to have been solely Olmsted’s work; the report was signed by him on behalf of Olmsted, Vaux & Co. 2. Five years later, work began on a city park that did not incorporate any of Olmsted’s proposals; Golden Gate Park, half a mile wide and more than three miles long, was a larger version of Central Park. 3. That same summer, Tosomock Farm was—finally—sold. It proved not to have been a poor investment, after all. Bought for thirteen thousand dollars, it sold for more than twenty thousand dollars. CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT Metropolitan SHORTLY AFTER OLMSTED ARRIVED in New York from California, Godkin asked him to become associate editor of his weekly newspaper, now in full swing.

As was his custom, Olmsted wanted to expand the scope of his work and proposed to develop a comprehensive plan for the entire area. Not wanting to appear forward—but not willing to leave judgments about design to politicians—he called for an oversight committee made up of prominent landscape architects, including his friend Horace Cleveland of Chicago, and William Hammond Hall, who was building Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Congress was reluctant to undertake the expensive task of replanning the national capital and instructed Olmsted to confine himself to the fifty acres on Capitol Hill. L’Enfant’s original plan showed the Capitol facing west across a square toward the Potomac. The final plan for Washington, drawn by his successor, Andrew Ellicott, moved the building closer to the brow of the hill and located the square on the other side.

., 341 Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 188 Garrison, William Lloyd, 32, 107 Geddes, George, 64–67, 69, 72, 75, 80, 98, 134, 355 Geddes, Maria, 67 gentility, nineteenth-century growth of, 31 George, Henry, 91 Georgia, 196, 237 FLO in, 111, 114–15, 123 German settlers, in Texas, 128–31, 133–34, 138n, 147–48 Germany: Brace in, 85, 92, 94, 103 FLO in, 85, 93, 143, 144, 336, 337 FLO’s work in, 148 Gettysburg, battle of (1863), 220–21 Gibbs, Mount, 237 Gibbs, Oliver Wolcott, 200, 216, 223, 237 Gilpin, William, 29, 86, 181 Gladstone, Thomas, 148–49 Godkin, Edwin Lawrence, 219–20, 221, 226, 230, 263, 309, 338, 341, 393 FLO’s correspondence with, 228, 235, 239, 241n, 246, 247, 250, 251, 253, 256, 279 Nation and, 278, 279 Godkin, Fanny, 341 Godwin, Parke, 137, 156, 174, 393 Golden Gate Park, 275n Good Hope, Cape of, 51 Goodloe, Daniel R., 195, 196 Goodrich, Samuel, 31 Goodwin, James, 49, 50 Gordon & Talbot, 49 Gothic Revival, 74n Gower, Lord, 181 Graham’s, 150n Grand Army Plaza, 273 Grant, Ulysses S., 217–18, 221, 237, 248 Grant, William H., 175, 177 Gray, Asa, 156, 341 Gray, John, 155, 162, 319 Great Britain, 43, 84–87, 148 countryside of, 85, 86–87 in Crimean War, 197, 213 drainage systems in, 84, 86, 92, 93, 159 FLO in, 85–87, 142–45, 159, 180–82, 336, 337, 390–91, 407–9 FLO’s book on, see Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England FLO’s works in, 141, 143, 148, 195–97 landscape gardening of, 29, 34, 45, 87, 93–94, 164, 173, 180–82 Great Dismal Swamp, 110 Greater New York, 281 Great Point, 72, 75 Greeley, Horace, 149, 312 Green, Andrew Haswell, 155, 157, 159, 164, 185–86, 219, 260, 276 as city comptroller, 311, 331, 332 FLO’s problems with, 186, 193–95, 197–98, 331, 332, 348, 369–70, 373 Niagara Falls and, 369–70, 373 Green, John, 52 Greensward, 163–70, 172, 182, 186, 222 Board modifications of, 173–74, 184–85 division of labor for, 169–70, 228, 369 Downing’s influence on, 165, 167, 168, 170 illusion at heart of, 166–67 Greenwood Cemetery, 45, 168, 238 Gregory VII, Pope (Hildebrand), 20–21 Grymes, James, 209, 213 Gustin, Samuel, 164, 176 Hale, Edward Everett, 97, 138–39, 141, 148, 198n Hale, Emily Perkins, 82, 123, 138, 184n FLO’s engagement to, 96–98, 138 Hall, William Hammond, 320 Hamilton, Alexander, 36, 155 Hamilton, James, 155, 156 Hammond, James H., 196 Hammond, William A., 206, 207 Harpers Ferry, W.Va., 190 Harper’s Monthly, 136, 137, 142, 385 Harris, Elisha, 199, 306 Hartford, Conn., 42, 69, 308, 326 described, 29–33 FLO’s childhood years in, 23–27, 29 FLO’s returns to, 27, 40, 46–49, 56–58, 63–64, 76, 82–83, 214, 314 intellectual and cultural life of, 29, 31, 83 midnineteenth-century beauty of, 32–33 Hartford Daily Courant, 101 Hartford Grammar School, 25, 27 Hartford Institute for the Insane, 317 Hartford Natural History Society, 33, 46–47, 52 Hartford Public Library, 29 Hartford Times, 30, 31 Harvard University, 238n, 341, 345, 346, 354, 368, 397, 410 Rick at, 386, 401, 402, 403 Haussmann, Baron, 180, 182 Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 136 Hayden, Julia Gorham, see Richardson, Julia Hayden Helper, Hinton Rowan, 140, 191 Hesse, Herman, 68 high school, as new institution, 25–26 Hildebrand (Pope Gregory VII), 20–21 Hill, Governor, 369 Hilton Head, 205–6 History of Tom Thumb, The (Yonge), 142 Hitchcock, Sophia Stevens, 82, 83, 97–98, 142–43, 178 Holland, 336, 337 Holly-Tree Inn, The (Dickens), 142 Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 341, 366 Hooker, Sir William Jackson, 180, 194, 333 Hoppin, William J., 220 Horticulturist, 65, 66 FLO’s work in, 66, 74, 92–94, 157 Walks and Talks reviewed in, 100–101 Hospital Transport Service, 208–13 hotels, Southern, 110, 111, 129 Household Words, 136, 141 House of Representatives, U.S., 207 Howard, George (Bank of California trustee), 246 Howard, George (Olmsted’s friend), 49 Howard, Mrs., boarding house of, 44 Howard, Sam, 49 Howe, Samuel Gridley, 200, 206 Howells, William Dean, 366, 393 Hudson River Bracketed Style, 65 Hull, Charlotte, see Olmsted, Charlotte Hull Hull, Linda, see Brooks, Linda Hull Hull, Stella, see Law, Stella Hull humor, British, 144 Hungary, 103, 104 Hungary in 1851 (Brace), 104 Hunt, Richard Morris, 303, 374 Biltmore and, 380–81, 383, 399, 403–4 World’s Columbian Exposition and, 387–89, 393–94 Hyde Park, 333 hydrotherapy, 37 immigrants, 232 Bushnell’s views on, 253–54 FLO’s views on, 229, 251–55 German, see German settlers, in Texas Impending Crisis of the South, The (Helper), 140, 191 Incidents of a Whaling Trip (Francis Olmsted), 48 Independent, 141 insider trading, 243 International Exhibition (1851), 93 Ireland, 85, 159 Irving, Washington, 137, 156 Italian immigrants, 229 Italian Renaissance style, 327 Italy, 143, 188, 336, 337 Ithaca, N.Y., 285 Jackson Park, 300, 386–92 Jamaica Pond, 360 James, Henry, 279 James, William, 366 James River, 208, 211, 212 Jay Cooke & Co., 315 Jefferson, Thomas, 36, 106, 148–49 Jeffersonville, Ind., 326 Jenkins, John Foster, 202, 216, 218, 223, 228, 233 Jenney, William LeBaron, 218, 298, 299, 300, 306, 388–89 John P.


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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, G4S, garden city movement, germ theory of disease, Golden Gate Park, invention of the printing press, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, John von Neumann, knowledge economy, liberation theology, Louis Pasteur, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, means of production, Nelson Mandela, 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, business cycle, clean water, complexity theory, corporate raider, 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 Future of Employment, the market place, the payments system, Thomas Davenport, 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.


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The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss

Airbnb, Atul Gawande, Buckminster Fuller, Burning Man, correlation does not imply causation, crowdsourcing, deliberate practice, en.wikipedia.org, Golden Gate Park, happiness index / gross national happiness, haute cuisine, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Isaac Newton, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, loss aversion, Louis Pasteur, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Mason jar, microbiome, Parkinson's law, Paul Buchheit, Paul Graham, Pepto Bismol, Ponzi scheme, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Silicon Valley, Skype, spaced repetition, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, the High Line, Y Combinator

After 20 dolphin-like nose jabs to my crotch, she started trying to flip my balls, using her head like a spatula. "I’ve never seen her hump anyone before,” Nick Bilton said, dumbfounded. He was as puzzled as everyone else in the kitchen watching Pixel, his dog, go to town on my leg. My test had succeeded, albeit with the wrong species. Yellow pine pollen, originally introduced to me on a foraging trip through Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, doesn’t just act as a precursor to testosterone. It is testosterone. Several species contain not just androstenedione (remember Mark McGwire?) but also DHEA and testosterone itself. Combine it with a fat steak and all sorts of mischief is possible. That’s what I’d done 90 minutes before heading to Nick’s house. We’ll optimize this next recipe to do three things: Teach you a fail-proof method for the perfect steak while emphasizing a few crucial principles.

LESSON 23 SKILL FORAGING FERAL HUMANS AND THE GOLDEN GATE BUFFET * * * “Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.” —NICOLAS CHAMFORT * * * GEAR Eyes Hands San Francisco is a strange city. Feel free to walk into a Starbucks naked and order a Grande Frappuccino, but—horrors of horrors—if you decide to eat a handful of grass, you are breaking the law. It is technically illegal to forage in the Bay Area.19 Pondering this, I found myself at a trail entrance to Golden Gate Park with Kevin “Feral Kevin” Feinstein. It was a pleasant Sunday morning, and a group had assembled for a wild food walk organized by foragesf.com. Kevin, our guide, started with the first rule of foraging: “Foraging is not a guessing game. It’s not like eating blowfish at a Japanese restaurant for a rush. If you can’t identify it 110%, don’t eat it. Not sure? Don’t eat it.” For instance, anything from the carrot or parsley family should be avoided in the wild.20 The risk-benefit ratio just isn’t worth it.

Second, in contrast to dinosaur kale, which is widely considered a “superfood” due to its 7% mineral content, nettles can reach 20% mineral content. This makes them one of the most nutritious greens ever studied. Third, if you’re looking to increase your testosterone, it also has anti-aromatase effects, reducing testosterone’s conversion to estrogen. But nettles were just our starting point. In our romp through Golden Gate Park, where we <ahem> didn’t munch on a thing, we spotted an incredible bounty of food, all hidden in plain sight. The starred plants that follow are perennial weeds, which grow all over and all year round: - Nettles To harvest nettles, wear rubber gloves and cut off the top 3–4" (8–10 cm) of the plant, aiming for younger growth, and you’re in business. Blend into some pesto and enjoy. Just make sure that they are, in fact, stinging nettles.


USA Travel Guide by Lonely, Planet

1960s counterculture, active transport: walking or cycling, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Albert Einstein, Asilomar, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, big-box store, bike sharing scheme, Bretton Woods, British Empire, Burning Man, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, edge city, El Camino Real, Fall of the Berlin Wall, feminist movement, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, global village, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, Hernando de Soto, Howard Zinn, illegal immigration, immigration reform, information trail, interchangeable parts, intermodal, jitney, Kickstarter, license plate recognition, Mars Rover, Mason jar, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, McMansion, Menlo Park, Monroe Doctrine, new economy, New Urbanism, obamacare, off grid, Ralph Nader, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, starchitect, stealth mode startup, stem cell, supervolcano, the built environment, The Chicago School, the High Line, the payments system, trade route, transcontinental railway, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, walkable city, white flight, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar

JAPANTOWN & PACIFIC HEIGHTS Atop every Japantown sushi counter perches a maneki neko, the porcelain cat with one paw raised in permanent welcome: this is your cue to unwind with shiatsu massages at Kabuki Hot Springs, eco-entertainment and non-GMO popcorn at Sundance Kabuki Cinema, world-class jazz at Yoshi’s or mind-blowing rock at the Fillmore. GOLDEN GATE PARK & AROUND San Francisco was way ahead of its time in 1865, when the city voted to turn 1017 acres of sand dunes into the world’s largest city stretch of green, Golden Gate Park (Offline map). This ambitious green scheme scared off Frederick Law Olmstead, the celebrated architect of New York’s Central Park, and thwarted real estate speculators’ plans to turn Golden Gate Park into a theme-park resort. Instead of hotels and casinos, park architect William Hammond Hall insisted on botanical gardens and a Japanese Tea Garden. Toward Ocean Beach, the park’s scenery turns quixotic, with bison stampeding in their paddock toward windswept windmills.

Break for burritos, then hoof it to the Haight for flashbacks at vintage boutiques and the Summer of Love site: Golden Gate Park . Glimpse Golden Gate Bridge views atop the MH de Young Museum , take a walk on the wild side inside the California Academy of Sciences rainforest dome, then dig into organic Cal-Moroccan feasts at Aziza . Sights Let San Francisco’s 43 hills and more than 80 arts venues stretch your legs and imagin-ation, and take in some (literally) breathtaking views. The 7 x 7-mile city is laid out on a staid grid, but its main street is a diagonal contrarian streak called Market St. Downtown sights are within walking distance of Market St, but keep your city smarts and wits about you, especially around South of Market (SoMa) and the Tenderloin (5th to 9th Sts). SF’s most historic landmarks are in the Mission, while exciting new destinations are inside Golden Gate Park. Downtown San Francisco Top Sights Asian Art Museum C7 Coit Tower D3 Davies Symphony HallB7 Ferry Building F4 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art E6 Sights 1 14 Geary E6 2 49 Geary E6 3 77 Geary D6 4 Aquarium of the Bay D2 5 Aquatic Park BathhouseB2 6 Art Institute C3 7 Beat Museum D4 8 Cartoon Art Museum E6 9Catharine Clark GalleryE6 10Children’s Creativity MuseumE6 11Chinatown GateD5 12 Chinese Culture Center D4 13 Chinese Historical Society of America Museum D5 14 City Hall B7 15 Contemporary Jewish Museum E6 16 George Sterling Park B3 17 Grace Cathedral C5 18 Hyde Street Pier Historic ShipsB2 19 Musée Mécanique C2 20 Museum of African Diaspora E6 21Museum of Craft & Folk ArtsE6 22 Pier 39 D1 23San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkB2 24 Transamerica Pyramid E4 25Union SquareD6 26 Uss Pampanito C2 Activities, Courses & Tours 27 Adventure Cat D2 28Alcatraz CruisesD2 29 Blazing Saddles B2 30 City Kayak G6 31Meeting Point for Fire Engine ToursB2 Sleeping 32 Golden Gate Hotel D5 33 Hotel Abri D6 34 Hotel BohèmeD4 35 Hotel des Arts D5 36 Hotel Rex D5 37 Hotel VitaleF5 38 Orchard Garden HotelD5 39 Pacific Tradewinds E5 40 Petite Auberge C5 41 San Remo Hotel C3 42 Stratford Hotel D6 Eating 43 Bar JulesA8 44 BenuE6 45 Bocadillos E4 46 Brenda's French Soul Food B6 47 Cinecittà D3 48 CoiE4 49 CotognaE4 50 Crown & Crumpet B2 51 FarmerbrownD6 52 Farmers Market F4 53 Gitane E5 Gott's Roadside (see 52) Hog Island Oyster Company (see 52) 54 In-N-Out Burger C2 55 JardinièreB7 Mijita (see 52) 56 Molinari D4 57 Off the Grid A2 58 Saigon Sandwich Shop C6 Slanted Door (see 52) Drinking 59 Aunt Charlie'sD6 60 Endup E7 61 Rebel Bar B8 62 Smuggler's CoveB7 63 Stud D8 64 Tosca Cafe D4 Entertainment 65 111 Minna E5 66 American Conservatory Theater D6 67AT&T ParkG7 68 Cat Club D8 69 Club Fugazi D3 70 Harlot E5 71 Mezzanine D7 TIX Bay Area (see 25) 72 War Memorial Opera House B7 73 Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsE6 Shopping 74 City Lights Bookstore D4 SOMA Cartoon Art Museum MUSEUM Offline map Google map ( 415-227-8666; www.cartoonart.org; 655 Mission St; adult/child $7/5; 11am-5pm Tue-Sun) Comics earn serious consideration with shows of original Watchmen covers, too-hot-to-print political cartoons and lectures with local Pixar studio heads.

Men and women alternate days, and bathing suits are required on coed Tuesdays. Oceanic Society Expeditions BOATING ( 415-474-3385; www.oceanic-society.org; per person $100-120; office 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, trips Sat & Sun) Whale sightings aren’t a fluke on naturalist-led, ocean-going weekend boat trips during mid-October through December migrations. Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate CYCLING, SKATING Offline map ( 415-668-1117; www.goldengateparkbikeandskate.com; 3038 Fulton St; skates per hr/day from $5/20, bikes $3/15, tandem bikes $15/75, discs $6/25; 10am-6pm) To make the most of Golden Gate Park, rent wheels – especially Sundays and summer Saturdays, when JFK Dr is closed to vehicular traffic – or disc golf equipment. Blazing Saddles CYCLING Offline map Google map ( 415-202-8888; www.blazingsaddles.com; 2715 Hyde St; bikes per hr/day from $8/$32; 8am-7:30pm) From this bike rental shop’s Fisherman’s Wharf outposts, cyclists can cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Sausalito ferry back to SF (weather permitting). 18 Reasons COOKING Offline map Google map ( 415-252-9816; www.18reasons.org; 593 Guerrero St; 6:30am-5pm Mon-Sat, 7am-4:30pm Sun) Go gourmet at this local food community nonprofit offering knife-skills and edible perfume workshops, wine and cheese tastings, and more.


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In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist by Pete Jordan

active transport: walking or cycling, business process, car-free, centre right, German hyperinflation, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, post-work, urban planning

Countless hours were spent riding with my friends through Golden Gate Park out to Ocean Beach or up and over the hills to the video game and pinball parlors at Fisherman’s Wharf. Sometimes we even cycled outside the city, down to a friend’s cousin’s house in suburban South San Francisco. By the end of its first year, my Dill Pickle had aged considerably. Spokes were missing; the handlebars were bent from a collision with a wall; dents and scratches pitted the frame. Admittedly, I didn’t take especially good care of the Pickle and, eventually, rode the poor thing into an early grave. We were unable to even celebrate a second anniversary together. A long string of other low-budget bikes followed. Some I bought secondhand from friends. One I found abandoned and covered with ivy in Golden Gate Park. Another I found rusting on the rooftop of a neighboring apartment building.


Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin

Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, Saturday Night Live, telemarketer

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.


City Parks by Catie Marron

Berlin Wall, crony capitalism, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Fellow of the Royal Society, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, the High Line, urban sprawl

By the time my brother picked me up in San Francisco, and drove me through that foreign landscape into the Mission, I had promised Neil to be his only. Three thousand miles away. It was not to be a wild summer, after all. We entered Army Street, a parade of brightly colored houses, and turned onto Dolores and its Victorians, its people lazing in the park, its impossible palm trees against the blue sky. San Francisco. It was to be my summer of love. IT WAS ONLY IN THE 1880s, after the success of turning a sandy stretch of land into Golden Gate Park, that the military began to take interest in changing the dunes in the Presidio. Major W. A. Jones wrote a proposal for an enormous tree planting program to transform the army’s land: “In order to make the contrast from the city seem as great as possible,” he wrote, “and indirectly accentuate the idea of the power of the Government, I have surrounded all the entrances with dense masses of wood.”


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The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

anti-communist, Golden Gate Park, jitney, job automation, Peace of Westphalia

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.


Learning Puppet 4: A Guide to Configuration Management and Automation by Jo Rhett

Amazon Web Services, Debian, DevOps, Golden Gate Park, pull request

Here an example which builds a service to run the puppet agent installed above. service { 'puppet': ensure => running, enabled => true, 92 | Chapter 7: Expressing Relationships www.it-ebooks.info require => Package['puppet'], } So remember: create a resource with the lowercase type, and refer to an existing resource with an uppercase first letter. An easy way to remember this is the common name versus proper name rule of English. A park is a resource type, but Golden Gate Park is a specific instance... e.g. a proper noun, the first letter of which is always capitalized. Ordering Resources In many situations some resources must be applied before others. For example, you cannot start a service until after you install the package which contains the applica‐ tion. Here we will show you the before and require metaparameters you can use to ensure the package is installed before the service is started. package { 'puppet': ensure => present, before => Service['puppet'], } service { ensure enable require } 'puppet': => running, => true, => Package['puppet'], The before and require metaparameters are redundant in this case.


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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, Kickstarter, market fundamentalism, means of production, Naomi Klein, New Urbanism, peak oil, place-making, post scarcity, race to the bottom, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, 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.

american youth Hostels, Transportation alternatives, and league of american Wheel-men. “Bicycling programs and Facilities in new york.” new york, 1977. anderson, Benedict r. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. london: verso, 1991. anderson, Karl (aka Megulon 5). “Why?” Chunk 666, October 4, 2008. available at http://www.dclxvi.org/chunk/why. anderson, rob. “anti-car Jihad Targets Golden Gate park.” District 5 Diary, March 23, 2006. available at http://district5diary.blogspot.com/2006_03_23_archive.html. anderson, Stacy a. “Westchester Cycle Club Collects Used Bikes for the less Fortunate.” Journal News, May 25, 2008. ansot, H. “a Modern Centaur.” Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine 26, no. 152 (1895): 121–130. anti-product. The Deafening Silence of Grinding Gears. Tribal War records, 1999. lp.


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1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die, Updated Ed. by Patricia Schultz

Albert Einstein, Alfred Russel Wallace, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, Bretton Woods, Burning Man, California gold rush, car-free, Charles Lindbergh, Columbine, Donald Trump, East Village, El Camino Real, estate planning, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Guggenheim Bilbao, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, interchangeable parts, Mars Rover, Mason jar, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Murano, Venice glass, Nelson Mandela, new economy, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, out of africa, Pepto Bismol, place-making, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, sexual politics, South of Market, San Francisco, The Chicago School, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, wage slave, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration, Yogi Berra, éminence grise

Blue & Gold ferries depart from San Francisco, Vallejo, and Oakland/Alameda, tel 415-773-1188; www.blueand goldfleet.com. BEST TIMES: Apr–June and Sept–Oct for weather. A City’s Oasis and an Engineering Marvel GOLDEN GATE PARK AND THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE San Francisco, California One of the country’s greatest city parks, rivaling New York’s Central Park in beauty and in importance (see p. 166), Golden Gate Park is a magical place where American bison, Dutch windmills, and towering redwoods rub shoulders with star attractions like the Japanese Tea Garden and the world-class de Young Museum (see p. 847). Carved out of sand dunes known as the “outside lands” when it was conceived in 1870, Golden Gate Park is a long, rectangular 1,017-acre urban oasis of forests, meadows, foot-paths and, yes, roads, though many are closed to traffic on Sundays and holidays, when cyclists, walkers, and in-line skaters own the park’s thoroughfares with gleeful abandon.

One of the world’s most beautiful bridges, the graceful orange structure opened to great fanfare in 1937, linking San Francisco to Marin County and making possible the growth of suburban communities. An engineering marvel whose 4,200-foot central span set a record for suspension bridges unchallenged for 27 years (it was eclipsed by New York’s Verrazano Narrows in 1964), the Golden Gate Bridge is not named for its color (an “international orange” chosen to make the bridge more visible in fog) but for the Golden Gate Strait it crosses. WHERE: Golden Gate Park is loosely bounded on the east by Stanyan St., on the north by Fulton Ave., on the west by the Great Highway, and to the south by Lincoln Way. Park info: www.sfgate.com/traveler/guide/sf/neighborhoods/ggpark.shtml. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE: www.goldengatebridge.org. BEST TIMES: early spring for cherry blossoms in Japanese Tea Garden; Sun for car-free wandering; weekdays for less crowded visits to park museums and Japanese Tea Garden.

BEST TIMES: summer and fall for the biggest selection at the farmers market and best weather. A City’s Cultural Showpieces SAN FRANCISCO’S ART MUSEUMS San Francisco, California It took a good many years to see the bright side of the destruction caused by the 1989 earthquake in the Bay Area. But if ever there was a silver lining, it can be found in the de Young Museum, which started in 1895 as an outgrowth of a world’s fair held in Golden Gate Park (see p. 845). After the fair closed, the collection of curiosities housed in a pseudo–Egyptian Revival building (complete with images of Hathor, the cow goddess) evolved into the West Coast’s foremost museum of the art of the Americas, Oceania, and Africa. In addition to its traditional strengths, the de Young has strong holdings of sculpture and American art dating to the 17th century, including Edward Hopper and Grant Wood.


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Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination by Adam Lashinsky

"side hustle", Airbnb, always be closing, Amazon Web Services, autonomous vehicles, Ayatollah Khomeini, business process, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, cognitive dissonance, corporate governance, DARPA: Urban Challenge, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, gig economy, Golden Gate Park, Google X / Alphabet X, information retrieval, Jeff Bezos, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, Menlo Park, new economy, pattern recognition, price mechanism, ride hailing / ride sharing, Sand Hill Road, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Snapchat, South of Market, San Francisco, sovereign wealth fund, statistical model, Steve Jobs, TaskRabbit, Tony Hsieh, transportation-network company, Travis Kalanick, turn-by-turn navigation, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, uber lyft, ubercab, young professional

—and took him to an apartment in a neighborhood called the Inner Sunset, where he was sharing a room for the summer. I was fortunate that my first customer could not have been nicer, even as I fumbled with how to correctly work the app and made a couple wrong turns. The nearly five-mile trip, from the heart of San Francisco’s central business district to the perennially foggy neighborhood near Golden Gate Park, lasted twenty-two minutes. Daniel and I chatted about his internship experience and what he hoped to do when he graduated from college. I told him about the summer camps my daughter was attending. I was extremely aware of the incongruity of my being a college-educated middle-aged man driving around a college kid who thought nothing of hailing a ride home rather than taking public transportation.


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Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss by Frances Stroh

cognitive dissonance, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Golden Gate Park, Kickstarter, new economy, nuclear winter, post-work, South of Market, San Francisco, urban renewal

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.


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Patricia Unterman's San Francisco Food Lover's Pocket Guide by Patricia Unterman, Ed Anderson

Golden Gate Park, New Urbanism, place-making, South of Market, San Francisco

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.


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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, Charles Lindbergh, 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, low cost airline, Mahatma Gandhi, mass immigration, mutually assured destruction, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, phenotype, Pluto: dwarf planet, Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, trade route, transatlantic slave trade, transcontinental railway, Tunguska event, urban sprawl, Vesna Vulović, white picket fence, 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.


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Frommer's Portable San Diego by Mark Hiss

car-free, East Village, Golden Gate Park, Irwin Jacobs: Qualcomm, Maui Hawaii, Norman Mailer

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.


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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener

autonomous vehicles, back-to-the-land, basic income, blockchain, Burning Man, call centre, charter city, cloud computing, cognitive bias, cognitive dissonance, commoditize, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, Extropian, future of work, Golden Gate Park, housing crisis, Jane Jacobs, job automation, knowledge worker, Lean Startup, means of production, medical residency, new economy, New Urbanism, passive income, pull request, rent control, ride hailing / ride sharing, Sand Hill Road, self-driving car, sharing economy, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, social web, South of Market, San Francisco, special economic zone, technoutopianism, telepresence, telepresence robot, union organizing, universal basic income, unpaid internship, urban planning, urban renewal, women in the workforce, Y2K, young professional

It was possible that the tourists trawling the commercial strip mistook San Francisco’s homelessness epidemic for part of the hippie aesthetic. It was possible that the tourists didn’t think about the homelessness epidemic at all. * * * Weekends, once I ran out of work, were a challenge. Sometimes I met up with coworkers, but mostly I spent time alone. I felt free, invisible, and very lonely. On warm afternoons, I went to Golden Gate Park and lay in the grass listening to dance music, fantasizing about going out dancing. People threw tennis balls to their dogs in corridors of light, and I felt envious. I watched groups of fitness enthusiasts bobbing up and down and wondered if I was the sort of person who could make friends doing squats. The city’s green spaces overflowed with heterosexual couples jogging in tandem and cycling next to each other on bikes with matching panniers.


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I Hate the Internet: A Novel by Jarett Kobek

Anne Wojcicki, Burning Man, disruptive innovation, East Village, Edward Snowden, Golden Gate Park, Google bus, Google Glasses, Google X / Alphabet X, immigration reform, indoor plumbing, informal economy, Jeff Bezos, liberation theology, Mark Zuckerberg, MITM: man-in-the-middle, Norman Mailer, nuclear winter, packet switching, PageRank, Peter Thiel, quantitative easing, Ray Kurzweil, rent control, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, technological singularity, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, union organizing, V2 rocket, Vernor Vinge, wage slave, Whole Earth Catalog

This valuation was determined by ideas and processes developed through years of investing. In theory, the valuation was meant to reflect the growth potential of the company and its potential earnings. In actuality, the valuation of Bromato was meaningless. It existed in a complex and random system. Bromato offered an entirely new and untested service in an ultra-niche market. Erik Willems could have arrived at an equally valid number by standing in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow, the place where all the old hippies held drum circles, counting the number of farts that drifted beneath his nose and multiplying the number by one million. A few months after the initial investment, Erik Willems helped Bromato stage another round of funding. The equity being sold during this round had a higher cost than the equity purchased by MoriaMordor. When another fund bought in at $10,000,000 for a 10% equity stake, the company’s valuation increased to $100,000,000.


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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, mass immigration, 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, zero-sum game

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.”


The Armchair Economist: Economics and Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg

Albert Einstein, Arthur Eddington, business cycle, diversified portfolio, first-price auction, German hyperinflation, Golden Gate Park, information asymmetry, invisible hand, Kenneth Arrow, means of production, price discrimination, profit maximization, Ralph Nader, random walk, Ronald Coase, Sam Peltzman, 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.


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In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen

anti-communist, British Empire, clean water, East Village, European colonialism, Filipino sailors, Golden Gate Park, haute cuisine, trade route

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.


pages: 288 words: 83,690

How to Kill a City: The Real Story of Gentrification by Peter Moskowitz

affirmative action, Airbnb, Bay Area Rapid Transit, British Empire, clean water, collective bargaining, David Brooks, deindustrialization, Detroit bankruptcy, drive until you qualify, East Village, Edward Glaeser, Golden Gate Park, housing crisis, income inequality, Jane Jacobs, Kickstarter, Kitchen Debate, late capitalism, mortgage tax deduction, Naomi Klein, new economy, New Urbanism, private military company, profit motive, RAND corporation, rent control, Richard Florida, Ronald Reagan, school choice, Silicon Valley, starchitect, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the High Line, trickle-down economics, urban planning, urban renewal, white flight, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional

Jimmie is able to stay in San Francisco only because Joe’s parents, two creative types with a stable income, were lucky enough to buy a big house on the border of the Mission several decades ago. Joe and Jimmie live in the basement. But they can’t stay there forever, and being an artist doesn’t pay enough to afford an apartment in a city where the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is over $5,000. When I first met the duo they were shooting promo photos in Golden Gate Park to send out to people to raise money for production. They’d convinced five women from a just-concluded outdoor yoga class to hold their poses while Jimmie stood behind them and Joe took pictures. “This is the closest I’ll ever get to doing yoga,” Jimmie said. After a quick shot, we hopped in one of the production cars and drove around the city for a bit. Joe, who is a little older than Jimmie, pointed out the changes: the new Starbucks locations (several dozen), the glass condos jutting out between all the colorful old Victorians, the shuttered bars, and, most jarring to them, the new people—the ones working at Apple and Google and Facebook and the myriad other tech companies.


pages: 306 words: 94,204

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.


pages: 304 words: 87,702

The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout

Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, clean water, complexity theory, David Brooks, East Village, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, global village, Golden Gate Park, if you build it, they will come, Maui Hawaii, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, 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.


pages: 284 words: 92,688

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble by Dan Lyons

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Airbnb, Ben Horowitz, Bernie Madoff, bitcoin, call centre, cleantech, cloud computing, corporate governance, disruptive innovation, dumpster diving, fear of failure, Filter Bubble, Golden Gate Park, Google Glasses, Googley, Gordon Gekko, hiring and firing, Jeff Bezos, Lean Startup, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, 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, Stanford prison experiment, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, telemarketer, tulip mania, uber lyft, 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.


pages: 313 words: 93,214

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

affirmative action, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, Golden Gate Park, index card, longitudinal study, Menlo Park, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, Skype, Snapchat, software studies

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.


pages: 332 words: 101,772

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs by Marc Lewis Phd

dark matter, double helix, en.wikipedia.org, Golden Gate Park, impulse control, Malacca Straits, Rat Park, Ronald Reagan, South China Sea

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.


pages: 941 words: 237,152

USA's Best Trips by Sara Benson

Albert Einstein, California gold rush, car-free, carbon footprint, desegregation, diversified portfolio, Donald Trump, Donner party, East Village, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute couture, haute cuisine, if you build it, they will come, indoor plumbing, Kickstarter, lateral thinking, McMansion, mega-rich, New Urbanism, Ralph Waldo Emerson, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, side project, Silicon Valley, the High Line, transcontinental railway, trickle-down economics, urban renewal, urban sprawl, white flight, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration

For crowd-pleasing, family-friendly fare, head down zigzagging Lombard to Columbus and walk four blocks to Cinecittá Pizzeria for the capricciosa, loaded with artichoke hearts, prosciutto, olives, fresh mozzarella and an egg. The next morning while the fog’s still clearing, take public transit from your downtown digs at funky artist-decorated Hotel des Arts, designer-fabulous Hotel Adagio or certified green Orchard Garden Hotel to the MH de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park (best options: N Judah streetcar or bus 71 from Powell and Market). Follow Andy Goldsworthy’s simulated sidewalk earthquake cracks into the museum, which celebrates artists from Oceania to California. Blockbuster temporary shows range from Hiroshi Sugimoto’s haunting time-lapse photographs of drive-ins to Dale Chihuly’s bombastic glass sculpture. Access to the tower is free; catch the elevator by Ruth Asawa’s mesmerizing meshwork sculptures, which dangle from the ceiling and cast psychedelic shadows around the gallery.

San Francisco crowds don’t realize the movie is not about them – audiences will hiss, yell and backtalk at the screen like it’s going to change the ending. We have the best audiences in the world, period.” Peaches Christ, drag diva and San Francisco movie maven * * * Stroll through the redwoods of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, where volunteers have brought life back to a forgotten corner of the Golden Gate Park and created a haven of peace. Emerge in Sharon Meadow, better known as the site of the Summer of Love. Spelunk through the faux-cavern tunnel to Haight St, where the parade of nonconformists has continued for 40 years. Browse your way along five blocks of skate shops and tattoo parlors to the Victorian storefront with fishnet-clad legs kicking out the window. This is Piedmont, the legendary drag supply store where counter staff call everyone “baby doll” and no one obeys the sign that reads: “No Playing in the Boas.”


Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom

El Camino Real, Golden Gate Park, New Journalism, sexual politics

I don’t want to jeopardize my only chance for some kind of happiness!” “But Thelma, it’s been eight years. You haven’t heard from him for eight years!” “But there’s a chance—a small one. But a two-percent or even a one-percent chance is better than no chance at all. I don’t expect Matthew to love me again, I just want him to care about my being on this planet. It’s not too much to ask—when we walked in Golden Gate Park, he almost sprained his ankle trying to avoid disturbing an anthill. Surely he can send some of that loving-kindness my way!” So much inconsistency, so much anger, almost mockery, standing cheek by jowl with such reverence. Though I was gradually entering her experiential world and growing accustomed to hyperbolic assessments of Matthew, I was truly staggered by her next comment. “If he would call me once a year, talk to me for even five minutes, ask about me, show me his concern, then I could live happily.


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Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga by Hunter S. Thompson

air freight, anti-communist, Golden Gate Park, Mason jar, the market place, traffic fines, traveling salesman, urban sprawl

My first crash had wrecked the bike completely and it took several months to have it rebuilt. After that I decided to ride it differently: I would stop pushing my luck on curves, always wear a helmet and try to keep within range of the nearest speed limit … my insurance had already been canceled and my driver’s license was hanging by a thread. So it was always at night, like a werewolf, that I would take the thing out for an honest run down the coast. I would start in Golden Gate Park, thinking only to run a few long curves to clear my head … but in a matter of minutes I’d be out at the beach with the sound of the engine in my ears, the surf booming up on the sea wall and a fine empty road stretching all the way down to Santa Cruz … not even a gas station in the whole seventy miles; the only public light along the way is an all-night diner down around Rockaway Beach. There was no helmet on those nights, no speed limit, and no cooling it down on the curves.


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What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry by John Markoff

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, Apple II, back-to-the-land, beat the dealer, Bill Duvall, Bill Gates: Altair 8800, Buckminster Fuller, California gold rush, card file, computer age, computer vision, conceptual framework, cuban missile crisis, different worldview, Donald Knuth, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, Edward Thorp, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, general-purpose programming language, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, hypertext link, informal economy, information retrieval, invention of the printing press, Jeff Rulifson, John Markoff, 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, The Hackers Conference, 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!!!


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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, Johannes Kepler, Menlo Park, rolodex, Rubik’s Cube, 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.


pages: 440 words: 117,978

Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll

affirmative action, call centre, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, John Markoff, Menlo Park, old-boy network, Paul Graham, Richard Stallman, Silicon Valley, undersea cable

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.


pages: 347 words: 112,727

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, digital map, 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.”


pages: 395 words: 115,753

The Metropolitan Revolution: The Rise of Post-Urban America by Jon C. Teaford

anti-communist, big-box store, conceptual framework, desegregation, Detroit bankruptcy, East Village, edge city, estate planning, Golden Gate Park, Gunnar Myrdal, Haight Ashbury, housing crisis, illegal immigration, Jane Jacobs, Joan Didion, low skilled workers, manufacturing employment, Nelson Mandela, New Urbanism, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Potemkin village, rent control, Seaside, Florida, Silicon Valley, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, Victor Gruen, War on Poverty, women in the workforce, young professional

In January 1959, San Francisco’s governing Board of Supervisors responded to complaints by voting to oppose the state’s plans for freeway development in the city. Explaining their action, the supervisors contended that expressway construction involved “the demolition of homes, the destruction of residential areas, the forced uprooting and relocation of individuals, families, and business enterprises.”68 State highway engineers persisted in their plans for a freeway through a section of the city’s historic Golden Gate Park. In 1965 a local radio newsman attacked this continuing devotion to destructive highway development when he warned that San Francisco would fall to “a ghastly combination of concrete monsters, side-by-side with immense parking garages, all of which will be overladen with the poisonous smog which is already choking the life out of us now.”69 FIGURE 3.6 View of the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco, blocked by the Embarcadero Freeway.


pages: 384 words: 112,971

What’s Your Type? by Merve Emre

Albert Einstein, anti-communist, card file, correlation does not imply causation, Frederick Winslow Taylor, God and Mammon, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, index card, Isaac Newton, job satisfaction, late capitalism, means of production, Menlo Park, mutually assured destruction, Norman Mailer, p-value, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Socratic dialogue, Stanford prison experiment, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, uranium enrichment, women in the workforce

Research into the self was booming in higher education, but the same institutions that sponsored this research were also fighting hard to suppress the typical traits of the creative individual: conviction, complexity, nonconformity. Their ascendance would have to wait until the 1960s, when, after the election of John F. Kennedy and the arrival of the Beatles, after the Vietnam protests and the Freedom Rides, Dr. Timothy Leary, once a promising graduate student at IPAR, would urge a gathering of thirty thousand hippies in Golden Gate Park to “turn on, tune in, drop out”—to commit to “mobility, choice, and change,” to embrace “one’s singularity” in the world. In retrospect it is easy to see that we have absorbed a distinctly mythic view of the 1950s and 1960s, one in which conformity and creativity do battle across a vast cultural divide. Yet this was hardly the case in California, where type and temperament were everywhere entwined, and never so intimately as in the figure of Francis Xavier Barron—Leary’s good friend and IPAR’s creativity expert.


pages: 397 words: 110,222

Habeas Data: Privacy vs. The Rise of Surveillance Tech by Cyrus Farivar

Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, autonomous vehicles, call centre, citizen journalism, cloud computing, computer age, connected car, do-ocracy, Donald Trump, Edward Snowden, en.wikipedia.org, failed state, Ferguson, Missouri, Frank Gehry, Golden Gate Park, John Markoff, license plate recognition, Lyft, national security letter, Occupy movement, optical character recognition, Port of Oakland, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, The Hackers Conference, Tim Cook: Apple, transaction costs, uber lyft, WikiLeaks, Zimmermann PGP

Levison tried to explain to the agents that he wasn’t sure that the law allowed for compelled decryption on such a vast scale. He told them, “I’m uncomfortable turning over the encryption keys. I would have to consult with a lawyer before I did anything.” “I would say the conversation ended within 15 or 20 minutes because it had reached a dead end.” * * * As a child growing up in Inner Sunset, a neighborhood near Golden Gate Park, Ladar Levison spent a lot of time at the nearby California Academy of Sciences, so that he could use their fast Internet connection. Before he was 13, they even put him to work creating web pages for endangered species. He poured over 2600 magazine and even administered his own dial-up bulletin board system (BBS), a precursor to the modern chat room. In 1995, when Levison was just 14 years old, he left home without telling his parents, and boarded a bus for Las Vegas to attend the third-ever DEF CON, a well-known annual hacker convention.


pages: 398 words: 120,801

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

airport security, Bayesian statistics, Berlin Wall, citizen journalism, Firefox, game design, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Internet Archive, Isaac Newton, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, mail merge, Mitch Kapor, MITM: man-in-the-middle, RFID, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, slashdot, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Thomas Bayes, 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.


pages: 502 words: 124,794

Nexus by Ramez Naam

artificial general intelligence, bioinformatics, Brownian motion, crowdsourcing, Golden Gate Park, hive mind, low earth orbit, mandatory minimum, Menlo Park, pattern recognition, the scientific method, upwardly mobile

A non-sedative hypnotic. The world became dreamlike. What the goggles showed him, what the headphones told him, Kade could only recall in fragments. At the end of the session, he felt strung out, mentally exhausted. He returned to his apartment, collapsed onto his bed and slept for ten hours. Every night, they did the same. While Kade trained, Rangan brooded. They skipped lab one day, went out to Golden Gate Park, and took Ilya with them. Kade opened his mind to theirs, showed them everything the ERD had briefed him on, showed them what he knew of his mission. Then Rangan opened his mind to Kade and Ilya, showed them what had happened in that ERD cell. They'd hit him with a pain beyond anything he could imagine. Rangan was angry. He wanted to hit them back. He wanted to arm himself and Kade and Ilya with defenses against that ERD attack.


pages: 385 words: 25,673

Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers by Stefan Fatsis

deliberate practice, Donner party, East Village, forensic accounting, Golden Gate Park, Gödel, Escher, Bach, index card, Saturday Night Live, zero-sum game

“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.


Ada BlackJack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven

British Empire, Golden Gate Park, plutocrats, Plutocrats, traveling salesman

Stefansson no more owned Wrangel Island than he owned France. Ada grew into her sea legs by February 10, the fourth day of her sixday voyage. Now that she was able, she took a stroll on the deck of the ship and stood at the railing to stare at the mountains that hugged the shore. They made her wish she was back in Nome, with the ice and the snow. But when the ship docked in San Francisco and Peggy took Ada and Bennett for a ride through Golden Gate Park with some friends who met them at the dock, she sat straight and still with her hands clasped on her lap, exclaiming over and over again to herself, “Oh, Oh!” There was such beauty here, and a kind of grandeur of color and form that she had never seen before. Flowers bloomed in February, and the sound and smell of the nearby sea awakened her senses. She found the celebrated redwoods glorious.


pages: 428 words: 134,832

Straphanger by Taras Grescoe

active transport: walking or cycling, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, airport security, Albert Einstein, big-box store, bike sharing scheme, Boris Johnson, British Empire, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, City Beautiful movement, congestion charging, correlation does not imply causation, David Brooks, deindustrialization, East Village, edge city, Enrique Peñalosa, extreme commuting, financial deregulation, Frank Gehry, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, housing crisis, hydraulic fracturing, indoor plumbing, intermodal, invisible hand, Jane Jacobs, jitney, Joan Didion, Kickstarter, Kitchen Debate, laissez-faire capitalism, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, McMansion, megacity, mortgage tax deduction, Network effects, New Urbanism, obamacare, oil shale / tar sands, oil shock, Own Your Own Home, peak oil, pension reform, Peter Calthorpe, Ponzi scheme, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, Skype, the built environment, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the High Line, transit-oriented development, union organizing, urban planning, urban renewal, urban sprawl, walkable city, white flight, working poor, young professional, Zipcar

In Memphis, an unlikely coalition of “little old ladies in tennis shoes” prevented Interstate 40 from destroying Overton Park, where Elvis Presley had given his first paid performance. Protesters were able to halt virtually all freeway construction in San Francisco, leaving only the stump of the elevated Embarcadero Freeway standing until its demolition after the 1989 earthquake. Were it not for these middle-class obstructionists, New Orleans’s French Quarter, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, and the historic center of Boston would now be buried under pavement. The freeway gang had long held Portland in its sights. In 1943, Robert Moses was invited by a city commissioner to chart out a postwar freeway plan for the Rose City. “Every citizen of Portland,” he proclaimed in an 86-page report, “has a right to be proud of the fact that this community is prepared, while there is still time, to face the future with unclouded vision.”


The Unicorn's Secret by Steven Levy

Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, card file, East Village, financial independence, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, index card, John Markoff, Marshall McLuhan, Ralph Nader, rolodex, Saturday Night Live, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, upwardly mobile, Whole Earth Catalog

For the next five years, when the word hippie cropped up in a Philadelphia news story, there would inevitably be a cross-reference to the Unicorn, most often with a memorable, if cosmically cryptic, quote from the bearded one himself. The clincher was Ira Einhorn’s personal Be-In. In January of 1967, San Francisco had celebrated the first event of that sort, the Human Be-In, a truly cosmic gathering of 25,000 in Golden Gate Park with Allen Ginsberg and Alan Watts, and innumerable rock bands. Not long after, New York City had the East Coast equivalent in Central Park, again with reports that the heavens beamed a blessing on these illuminated beings. It would not necessarily follow that Philadelphia, certainly a backwater in the Age of Aquarius, would have its own Be-In. But Ira Einhorn, who followed the events in California and New York closely, asked “Why not?”


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The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads by Tim Wu

1960s counterculture, Affordable Care Act / Obamacare, AltaVista, Andrew Keen, anti-communist, Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, Bob Geldof, borderless world, Brownian motion, Burning Man, Cass Sunstein, citizen journalism, colonial rule, East Village, future of journalism, George Gilder, Golden Gate Park, Googley, Gordon Gekko, housing crisis, informal economy, Internet Archive, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Live Aid, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, McMansion, Nate Silver, Network effects, Nicholas Carr, placebo effect, post scarcity, race to the bottom, road to serfdom, Saturday Night Live, science of happiness, self-driving car, side project, Silicon Valley, slashdot, Snapchat, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Ted Nelson, telemarketer, the built environment, The Chicago School, the scientific method, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Tim Cook: Apple, Torches of Freedom, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, white flight, zero-sum game

All he needed was the right occasion to bring it to a broader audience. — Late in 1966, a “psychedelic artist” named Michael Bowen invited Leary to an event in San Francisco meant to unite various emerging countercultural and “alternative” groups—alienated students, poets, rock musicians, jazz hipsters, and members of biker gangs. His advertising posters billed the event as “A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In.” And so it was on January 14, 1967, in Golden Gate Park that Leary first took his carefully constructed message to a broader audience. His speech centered on the infectious refrain, repeated over and over: “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.” McLuhan’s advice worked. Leary’s line caught on as well as any advertising slogan and became, effectively, the motto of the counterculture. Most would take Leary’s words as a call to pay attention to where your attention is paid; mind what you open your mind for.


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The Future Won't Be Long by Jarett Kobek

Berlin Wall, British Empire, Donald Trump, East Village, Fall of the Berlin Wall, financial independence, Golden Gate Park, means of production, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, New Journalism, Norman Mailer, Ronald Reagan, Saturday Night Live, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, thinkpad, Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, urban decay, wage slave, War on Poverty, working poor, young professional

She dismissed it as plain madness. “What Grant Morrison does for you?” she asked. “You pay him, not vice versa. Now you stare at his face for hours like risen Messiah. Strange people.” Yet there we were, April 18th, a Sunday, trudging towards the Upper Haight at 6 pm. Gray buildings, gray sky, gray faces, gray people. Fog over Buena Vista Park with sinister intent, carpet looming above Golden Gate Park. Regarding the trees of the former, I thought, as ever, about the hey-hey heyday of the hippie era, imaginating how much smaller the vegetation would have been during the golden years, wondering if the psychopathologic influence of their increased heights wasn’t responsible for the shift away from Luv on Haight. The human mass outside of Comic Relief produced instant repulsion, like a finger on the trigger of my latent claustrophobia.


The death and life of great American cities by Jane Jacobs

Golden Gate Park, indoor plumbing, Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, union organizing, Upton Sinclair, urban renewal, 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.*1 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.


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From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism by Fred Turner

1960s counterculture, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, back-to-the-land, bioinformatics, Buckminster Fuller, business cycle, Claude Shannon: information theory, complexity theory, computer age, conceptual framework, Danny Hillis, dematerialisation, distributed generation, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 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 Markoff, John von Neumann, Kevin Kelly, knowledge economy, knowledge worker, market bubble, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, means of production, Menlo Park, Mitch Kapor, Mother of all demos, new economy, Norbert Wiener, peer-to-peer, post-industrial society, postindustrial economy, Productivity paradox, QWERTY keyboard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, Richard Stallman, Robert Shiller, Robert Shiller, Ronald Reagan, Shoshana Zuboff, 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, The Hackers Conference, 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.


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Sixty Days and Counting by Kim Stanley Robinson

different worldview, dumpster diving, energy security, full employment, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), McMansion, megacity, mutually assured destruction, off grid, place-making, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RFID, 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.


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Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson

2013 Report for America's Infrastructure - American Society of Civil Engineers - 19 March 2013, 4chan, 8-hour work day, Ada Lovelace, AI winter, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, Asperger Syndrome, augmented reality, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, basic income, Bernie Sanders, bitcoin, blockchain, blue-collar work, Brewster Kahle, Brian Krebs, Broken windows theory, call centre, cellular automata, Chelsea Manning, clean water, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, computer vision, Conway's Game of Life, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, Danny Hillis, David Heinemeier Hansson, don't be evil, don't repeat yourself, Donald Trump, dumpster diving, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Erik Brynjolfsson, Ernest Rutherford, Ethereum, ethereum blockchain, Firefox, Frederick Winslow Taylor, game design, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Google Hangouts, Google X / Alphabet X, Grace Hopper, Guido van Rossum, Hacker Ethic, HyperCard, illegal immigration, ImageNet competition, Internet Archive, Internet of things, Jane Jacobs, John Markoff, Jony Ive, Julian Assange, Kickstarter, Larry Wall, lone genius, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Shuttleworth, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, microservices, Minecraft, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, Nate Silver, Network effects, neurotypical, Nicholas Carr, Oculus Rift, PageRank, pattern recognition, Paul Graham, paypal mafia, Peter Thiel, pink-collar, planetary scale, profit motive, ransomware, recommendation engine, Richard Stallman, ride hailing / ride sharing, Rubik’s Cube, Ruby on Rails, Sam Altman, Satoshi Nakamoto, Saturday Night Live, self-driving car, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Silicon Valley startup, single-payer health, Skype, smart contracts, Snapchat, social software, software is eating the world, sorting algorithm, South of Market, San Francisco, speech recognition, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, TaskRabbit, the High Line, Travis Kalanick, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, uber lyft, universal basic income, urban planning, Wall-E, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, WikiLeaks, women in the workforce, Y Combinator, Zimmermann PGP, éminence grise

This place is crawling with people.” When Drasner gets deep into a programming challenge, the rest of the world drops away. At night, her husband—also a software engineer—often needs to force her to put away her laptop so she’ll stop sharpening and improving her code and go to sleep. One day in the summer of 2015, when they were still dating, he’d suggested at breakfast that they go for a walk later to the Golden Gate Park. She’d agreed, but then got swept up trying to fix a bug in a piece of convoluted SVG code. The time came to leave; her boyfriend came over to get her. Just five more minutes, she told him. He came back after five minutes: No, no, no, I just have to finish this one thing, she said. This went on for multiple cycles. He eventually managed to wrest her away, which turned out to be a good thing, because when they finally got to the park he pulled out a ring to give to her.


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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

1960s counterculture, Albert Einstein, Anton Chekhov, Burning Man, cognitive dissonance, conceptual framework, crowdsourcing, dark matter, Douglas Engelbart, East Village, experimental subject, Exxon Valdez, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, Haight Ashbury, Howard Rheingold, Internet Archive, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, Marshall McLuhan, Mason jar, Menlo Park, meta analysis, meta-analysis, moral panic, Mother of all demos, placebo effect, Ralph Waldo Emerson, randomized controlled trial, Ronald Reagan, scientific mainstream, scientific worldview, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steve Jobs, Stewart Brand, the scientific method, theory of mind, Thomas Bayes, Whole Earth Catalog

The two would now take their show (with its numerous ex-students and hangers-on) on the road, moving the International Federation for Internal Freedom (which would later morph into the League for Spiritual Discovery) from Cambridge to Zihuatanejo, until the Mexican government (under pressure from U.S. authorities) kicked them out, then briefly to the Caribbean island of Dominica, until that government kicked them out, before finally settling for several raucous years in a sixty-four-room mansion in Millbrook, New York, owned by a wealthy patron named Billy Hitchcock. Embraced by the rising counterculture, Leary was invited (along with Allen Ginsberg) to speak at the first Human Be-In in San Francisco, an event that drew some twenty-five thousand young people to Golden Gate Park in January 1967, to trip on freely distributed LSD while listening to speakers proclaim a new age. The ex-professor, who for the occasion had traded in his Brooks Brothers for white robes and love beads (and flowers in his graying hair), implored the throng of tripping “hippies”—the term popularized that year by the local newspaper columnist Herb Caen—to “turn on, tune in, drop out.” The slogan—which he at first said he had thought up in the shower but years later claimed was “given to him” by Marshall McLuhan—would cling to Leary for the rest of his life, earning him the contempt of parents and politicians the world over.


We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

4chan, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, Bernie Sanders, big-box store, bitcoin, blockchain, Brewster Kahle, Burning Man, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, David Heinemeier Hansson, Donald Trump, East Village, game design, Golden Gate Park, hiring and firing, Internet Archive, Jacob Appelbaum, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, Joi Ito, Justin.tv, Kickstarter, Lean Startup, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, medical residency, minimum viable product, natural language processing, Paul Buchheit, Paul Graham, paypal mafia, Peter Thiel, plutocrats, Plutocrats, QR code, recommendation engine, RFID, rolodex, Ruby on Rails, Sam Altman, Sand Hill Road, Saturday Night Live, self-driving car, semantic web, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Silicon Valley startup, slashdot, Snapchat, social web, South of Market, San Francisco, Startup school, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, technoutopianism, uber lyft, web application, WikiLeaks, Y Combinator

In his travels he was accompanied often by Elisabeth Garvin, a smiley blonde-haired woman in her early twenties, who acted as scheduler, friend, adviser, Lyft-booker, personal historian, photographer, and, sometimes, the world’s most petite and inoffensive bodyguard. Recently, Ohanian had begun trying to balance his globetrotting with focusing on his health: He’d been drinking more water, streamlining his diet, starting his days with a vegetable smoothie or the occasional Soylent (a meal replacement beloved in Silicon Valley). He’d purchased a house in San Francisco’s chic NoPa neighborhood (North of the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park). He’d also fallen in love with one of the most famous athletes on the planet. Ohanian’s romance with Serena Williams, which has played out in glossy publications and behind paparazzi lenses, improbably began in May 2015 while Ohanian was preparing to deliver a speech at an advertising conference in Rome. His laptop battery died while he was working on his presentation at a café one evening in advance of the Festival of Media Global.


Parks Directory of the United States by Darren L. Smith, Kay Gill

1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy, Asilomar, British Empire, California gold rush, clean water, cuban missile crisis, desegregation, Donner party, El Camino Real, global village, Golden Gate Park, Hernando de Soto, indoor plumbing, mass immigration, Maui Hawaii, oil shale / tar sands, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, Torches of Freedom, trade route, transcontinental railway, Works Progress Administration

★4974★ JOHN MCLAREN PARK Mansell St and Shelley Dr San Francisco, CA 94117 Web: www.jennalex.com/projects/fomp/homepage/ Phone: 415-831-2700 Size: 317 acres. Location: Southeast part of the city, in Visitacion Valley. Facilities: Picnic areas, pool, hiking trails (7 miles), amphitheater, playgrounds, sports areas. Activities: Swimming, hiking, bicycling, tennis, basketball, softball, soccer. Special ★4971★ MISSION BAY PARK I-5 & Sea World Dr San Diego, CA 92107 Web: aboutmissionbay.com Phone: 619-235-1169 907 10. Urban Parks ★4973★ GOLDEN GATE PARK 501 Stanyan St San Francisco, CA 94117 Web: www.nps.gov/goga/ Phone: 415-831-2700; Fax: 415-668-3330 Size: 1,017 acres. Location: From Highway 101 or Highway 80, follow signs ‘‘to Golden Gate Bridge,’’ take the Fell Street Exit, head west into park. From Highway 1, follow signs to 19th Ave., turn right on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. into the park. Facilities: Picnic areas, concessions, 11 lakes, waterfalls, boat rentals (pedal boats, electric boats, row boats), bike paths, bridle paths, two 18-hole disc golf courses, historical guided walking tours, historic monuments, museums, California Academy of Sciences (aquarium, planetarium, natural sciences exhibits), conservatory, gardens (including Shakespeare Garden and Japanese Tea Garden), carousel, playground, athletic fields.

Gateway Park (TX) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gene C Reid Regional Park (AZ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Bush Park (TX) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Ward Park (AL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glenn Cunningham Lake (NE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golden Gate Park (CA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grant Park (GA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Green Lake Park (WA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greynolds Park (FL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Griffith Park (CA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

.★90 Death Valley Scenic Byway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1136 Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1569 Del Paso Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4956 Delevan National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 712 Delta Meadows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1570 Devils Postpile National Monument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 DL Bliss State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1571 Dockweiler State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1572 Doheny State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1573 Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. . . . . 719 Donner Memorial State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1574 Earth Island Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5078 Earthjustice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5079 Eastshore State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1575 Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1137 Edward Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1576 El Capitan State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1577 El Dorado East Regional Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4884 El Dorado Park West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4885 El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1578 Eldorado National Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 489 Ellicott Slough National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 727 Elysian Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4887 Emerald Bay State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1579 Emma Wood State Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1580 Empire Mine State Historic Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1581 Environmental Protection Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5088 Environmental Traveling Companions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5089 Estero Bay State Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1582 Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Farallon National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 732 Folsom Lake State Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1583 Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1584 Forest of Nisene Marks State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1585 Fort Humboldt State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1586 Fort Ord Dunes State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1587 Fort Point National Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Fort Ross State Historic Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1588 Fort Tejon State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1589 Franks Tract State Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1590 Fremont Peak State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1591 Friends of the River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5103 Garrapata State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1592 Gaviota State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1593 George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1594 Golden Gate National Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Golden Gate Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4973 Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1595 12. Geographic Index PARKS DIRECTORY OF THE UNITED STATES—5th EDITION Limekiln State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1633 Little (John) State Reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1617 Little River State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1634 London (Jack) State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1615 Los Angeles State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1635 Los Encinos State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1636 Los Osos Oaks State Reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1637 Los Padres National Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 521 Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4970 Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .★836 MacKerricher State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1638 Maillard Redwoods State Reserve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1639 Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1640 Malibu Creek State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1641 Malibu Lagoon State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1642 Manchester State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1643 Mandalay State Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1644 Manresa State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1645 Manzanar National Historic Site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1646 Marina State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1647 Marsh (John) Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1618 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1648 McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1649 McConnell State Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1650 McGrath State Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1651 Mendocino Headlands State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1652 Mendocino National Forest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 526 Mendocino Woodlands State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1653 Merced National Wildlife Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 856 Merlo (Harry A.)


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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

airport security, book scanning, Brownian motion, Golden Gate Park, Lao Tzu

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.


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In Pursuit of Privilege: A History of New York City's Upper Class and the Making of a Metropolis by Clifton Hood

affirmative action, British Empire, coherent worldview, David Brooks, death of newspapers, deindustrialization, family office, Golden Gate Park, Google Earth, jitney, mass immigration, new economy, New Urbanism, P = NP, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Ray Oldenburg, ride hailing / ride sharing, Scientific racism, selection bias, 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.


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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin

airport security, Albert Einstein, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Anton Chekhov, Bayesian statistics, 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, longitudinal study, meta analysis, meta-analysis, more computing power than Apollo, Network effects, new economy, Nicholas Carr, optical character recognition, Pareto efficiency, pattern recognition, phenotype, placebo effect, pre–internet, profit motive, randomized controlled trial, Rubik’s Cube, shared worldview, Skype, Snapchat, social intelligence, statistical model, Steve Jobs, supply-chain management, the scientific method, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, The Wisdom of Crowds, theory of mind, Thomas Bayes, Turing test, ultimatum game, zero-sum 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.


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NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman

Albert Einstein, animal electricity, Asperger Syndrome, assortative mating, crowdsourcing, Douglas Engelbart, en.wikipedia.org, epigenetics, experimental subject, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, hypertext link, IBM and the Holocaust, index card, Isaac Newton, John Markoff, Kickstarter, Larry Wall, 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, twin studies, 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.


The Simple Living Guide by Janet Luhrs

air freight, Albert Einstein, car-free, cognitive dissonance, Community Supported Agriculture, compound rate of return, financial independence, follow your passion, Golden Gate Park, job satisfaction, late fees, money market fund, music of the spheres, passive income, Ralph Waldo Emerson, risk tolerance, telemarketer, the rule of 72, urban decay, urban renewal, Whole Earth Review

“But which one do you like better?” I ask. “Oh, here. You can’t run all over the hills in the city. Here, it’s much better.” Annelle left her city job and her very organized city play groups that she dutifully brought her children to once or twice a week. Thurston left a very secure, tenured teaching job with the San Francisco school district. They left the city life, where they could walk nearly everywhere … to Golden Gate Park, to daughter Kyla’s day care, to the library, the health food store, the co-op. They left behind their favorite Greek restaurant where they would walk every Saturday to get Greek pastries and coffee before taking the kids to the park. “It took us a long time to leave,” Annelle said. “We loved it. But then our friends with children started moving out of the neighborhood. The renter in our downstairs duplex moved out.


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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

air freight, Albert Einstein, Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, big-box store, Bob Noyce, Buckminster Fuller, Byte Shop, centre right, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, commoditize, computer age, computer vision, corporate governance, death of newspapers, don't be evil, Douglas Engelbart, Dynabook, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, fixed income, game design, Golden Gate Park, Hacker Ethic, hiring and firing, Jeff Bezos, Johannes Kepler, John Markoff, Jony Ive, lateral thinking, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Mitch Kapor, Mother of all demos, Paul Terrell, profit maximization, publish or perish, Richard Feynman, Robert Metcalfe, Robert X Cringely, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, skunkworks, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, supply-chain management, thinkpad, Tim Cook: Apple, Wall-E, Whole Earth Catalog

They had little money, so they moved to Wisconsin and lived with Paul’s parents for a few years, then headed for Indiana, where he got a job as a machinist for International Harvester. His passion was tinkering with old cars, and he made money in his spare time buying, restoring, and selling them. Eventually he quit his day job to become a full-time used car salesman. Clara, however, loved San Francisco, and in 1952 she convinced her husband to move back there. They got an apartment in the Sunset District facing the Pacific, just south of Golden Gate Park, and he took a job working for a finance company as a “repo man,” picking the locks of cars whose owners hadn’t paid their loans and repossessing them. He also bought, repaired, and sold some of the cars, making a decent enough living in the process. There was, however, something missing in their lives. They wanted children, but Clara had suffered an ectopic pregnancy, in which the fertilized egg was implanted in a fallopian tube rather than the uterus, and she had been unable to have any.


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Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner

affirmative action, Albert Einstein, California gold rush, clean water, Golden Gate Park, hacker house, jitney, Joan Didion, Maui Hawaii, oil shale / tar sands, old-boy network, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Silicon Valley, trade route, transcontinental railway, uranium enrichment, Works Progress Administration, yellow journalism

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.


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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, Nelson Mandela, 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.


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The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot

American ideology, anti-communist, Berlin Wall, Charles Lindbergh, colonial rule, cuban missile crisis, David Brooks, desegregation, Dissolution of the Soviet Union, drone strike, European colonialism, facts on the ground, failed state, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Golden Gate Park, jitney, land reform, Mikhail Gorbachev, Potemkin village, RAND corporation, Ronald Reagan, South China Sea, Steve Jobs, War on Poverty, white picket fence, Works Progress Administration

He and Helen had their first child, Edward Russell Lansdale (who would become known as Ted and later Ed), on June 2, 1939. A second and final son, Peter Carroll Lansdale (Pete), arrived on November 7, 1941. The family was living in a narrow, three-bedroom bungalow, with thick stucco walls and low ceilings, located at 880 Thirty-Fourth Avenue in San Francisco’s Richmond district, an “urban suburb” close to Golden Gate Park and the Pacific Ocean.54 Precisely a month after Pete’s birth, on December 7, 1941, a cool, seasonal Sunday with limpid skies and temperatures in the low sixties,55 the entire family was in the modest backyard of their house getting some sun and fresh air, with the newborn in a baby carriage. The carefree weekend was interrupted by the unexpected appearance of one of Lansdale’s former colleagues, who had been drafted into the army (conscription had begun in October 1940).


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Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander

affirmative action, Albert Einstein, Arthur Eddington, Benoit Mandelbrot, Brownian motion, 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, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Silicon Valley, statistical model, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, theory of mind, upwardly mobile, urban sprawl, yellow journalism, zero-sum game

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.


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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein

affirmative action, Alistair Cooke, American ideology, 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, Joan Didion, Kitchen Debate, liberal capitalism, Mahatma Gandhi, Marshall McLuhan, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, New Urbanism, Norman Mailer, Own Your Own Home, Paul Samuelson, plutocrats, Plutocrats, price mechanism, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, sexual politics, the medium is the message, traveling salesman, upwardly mobile, urban planning, urban renewal, walking around money, War on Poverty, white picket fence, 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.


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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

affirmative action, Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, Bob Noyce, Bonfire of the Vanities, Brownian motion, capital asset pricing model, card file, centralized clearinghouse, Charles Lindbergh, collateralized debt obligation, computerized trading, corporate governance, corporate raider, Credit Default Swap, credit default swaps / collateralized debt obligations, desegregation, Donald Trump, Eugene Fama: efficient market hypothesis, Everybody Ought to Be Rich, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, Honoré de Balzac, If something cannot go on forever, it will stop - Herbert Stein's Law, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index fund, indoor plumbing, intangible asset, interest rate swap, invisible hand, Isaac Newton, Jeff Bezos, John Meriwether, 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, money market fund, moral hazard, NetJets, new economy, New Journalism, North Sea oil, paper trading, passive investing, Paul Samuelson, 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, yellow journalism, 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.


Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 by Rick Perlstein

"Robert Solow", 8-hour work day, affirmative action, airline deregulation, Alistair Cooke, American Legislative Exchange Council, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, Berlin Wall, Bernie Sanders, Brewster Kahle, business climate, clean water, collective bargaining, colonial rule, COVID-19, Covid-19, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, cuban missile crisis, currency peg, death of newspapers, defense in depth, Deng Xiaoping, desegregation, Donald Trump, energy security, equal pay for equal work, facts on the ground, feminist movement, financial deregulation, full employment, global village, Golden Gate Park, illegal immigration, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, index card, indoor plumbing, Internet Archive, invisible hand, Julian Assange, Kitchen Debate, kremlinology, land reform, Marshall McLuhan, mass immigration, MITM: man-in-the-middle, Monroe Doctrine, moral panic, mutually assured destruction, New Journalism, oil shock, open borders, Potemkin village, price stability, Ralph Nader, RAND corporation, rent control, road to serfdom, Robert Bork, rolodex, Ronald Reagan, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, traveling salesman, unemployed young men, union organizing, unpaid internship, Unsafe at Any Speed, Upton Sinclair, upwardly mobile, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, wages for housework, walking around money, War on Poverty, white flight, WikiLeaks, Winter of Discontent, yellow journalism, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game

The New York Times asked the president to comment. He responded, “I don’t see homosexuality as a threat to the family”—then split the difference: “I don’t feel that it is a normal relationship.” And that “highly publicized confrontations” over the subject were unfortunate—perhaps referring to another event that day in San Francisco in which Vice President Mondale appeared with Mayor George Moscone in Golden Gate Park and was drowned out by hecklers shouting, “Gay rights are human rights!” The next day, the New York Times reported that preliminary plans to realize Jimmy Carter’s campaign promise for a White House conference on the family were bogging down over “differences over homosexuality, feminism, and abortion” that might sink the project altogether. And, two days after that, in San Francisco, a man named Robert Hillsborough was stabbed fifteen times in the face and chest by four men calling out the “faggot” and crying, “Here’s one for Anita!”