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NEW! Bay Cruises along San Francisco's bayshore . . .

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Our ongoing Public Talks series runs on Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics @ 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco. We hope to resume our Talks in Fall 2020.

Self-Guided Walking and Bike Tours Anytime!

Hidden San Francisco: A Guide to Lost Landscapes, Unsung Heroes, and Radical Histories

While you are "sheltering-in-place" or just keeping your distance while walking or biking around San Francisco, we want to encourage you to take advantage of Chris Carlsson's new book, Hidden San Francisco. Not only is it a great new history of the City, but it features four multi-day bike tours with 85 different stops to help you see San Francisco in a new light. There is also an appendix with five walking tours 44 more stops; any walking tour can be done in a couple of hours. If you've been on a Shaping San Francisco tour--whether on foot, on a bicycle, or on our new bay cruise--you'll love this book. You can order them directly from us using paypal.

Shaping San Francisco's Public Talks are on hiatus until Fall 2020 (we hope!), but you can check out our 14 years of past Talks here.The past few years have been archived on video too, so look for links to videos there too.

More info on Shaping San Francisco Public Talks . . .

Walking Tours — Spring 2020

Social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco.

Saturday, February 1New Deal Murals, Italian SF, and Trash!

Saturday, May 23Fort Mason and Black Point POSTPONED TO MAY 2021!

Saturday, May 30Beer, Dunes, and Trains POSTPONED TBA!

Saturday, June 13Cutting Corners: Rincon Hill, South Park, and Beyond

Bicycle Tours
“Cycles of History,” our social, historical, and critical tours through San Francisco by bicycle.

Our fabulous bicycle tours are led by Critical Mass co-founder Chris Carlsson, with help from LisaRuth Elliott.

San Francisco Bicycle Tours

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NEXT BIKE TOUR »Sunday, April 19, 12-3pm POSTPONED - TBA

Paths Through Golden Gate Park


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Ecology Emerges poster art by Mona Caron

Ecology Emerges

Discussions and reflections on the history of Bay Area ecological activism, based on oral histories documenting the past 50 years.

Ecology Emerges is an oral history gathering project to explore the past 50 years of ecological activism in the Bay Area and the role that individual and institutional memories play in the development, policy proposals, and interrelationships that together make up the existing networks of ecological politics.  We document the living ecological activist movement, in their own words, but also in a larger context of urban growth and globalization.

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Oral Histories

Oral Histories

Shaping San Francisco, as part of our ongoing work, sits down with people who have stories to tell and conducts oral history interviews.

Check them out here.

"Editor's Pick Tour" from

Comprised of over 1,400 pages, and 2,500 historical photos, the wiki-based archive is the product of hundreds of contributors, regular people who were compelled by the chance to investigate some piece of this City's past.

See the latest highlights…