A multi-topic Thinkwalk for newcomers and long-time San Franciscans
→ Maximum 15 people. RSVP required—use the Reply form below.
→ 1.3 miles in the Lower Haight neighborhood ending at Alamo Square
→ 2.5 hours, with lots of discussion, maps, photos
→ $40 standard (sliding scale for those with limited funds)
Local geology, hydrology and geography
Transportation history of cars, foot trails and bicycles
Social justice and race activism
Extreme weather history
The founding of San Francisco
The native Yelamu and early ecosystems
History of photography and map-making
This is a great Thinkwalk for SF newcomers and old-timers. Joel Pomerantz will introduce you to his research in areas that are appealing to all who feel curious about their surroundings and surprising to people who think they know SF really well.
We’ll discuss how the city grew up, based on scant water features and ancient Indian trails. Did you know that a Freeway Revolt that changed the world started here in this neighborhood? Did you know about the new research showing San Francisco was “founded” right here, beside Duboce Park? Did you know that the US Mint was built to withstand explosions but two weeks after opening was broken into!? Those are a few of the fun conversations to be had on the Walk the Wiggle Thinkwalk.
The Wiggle neighborhood has been the root of it all, and, as it happens, the route of it all.
Note: the neighborhood is nicknamed “the Wiggle” by bicyclists zigzagging through it to avoid the hills.
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Meet at the north end of Church Street. Dress warmly. We stand around discussing more than we walk, thanks to your extremely insightful questions and nerdy thoughts! Dress. Warmly.
The Walk the Wiggle Thinkwalk is available by request on other dates. Call Joel at 415-505-8255 or reply on the below form with a date that works for you and we’ll see what we can do.