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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

Precita Eyes Mural Center, a community resource center, hosts a tour of this area that will show you at least 60 Mission District murals in one eight-block stretch. DIVERSIONS Are we there yet?... The top family attractions besides Fisherman’s Wharf and PIER 39 (sorry) are the Exploratorium, Alcatraz (see the Getting Outside chapter), and the San Francisco Zoo & Children’s Zoo. You simply Bay Area BART Tour cannot escape these places if One of the world’s most comyour kids are even slightly perplex commuter systems, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) suasive. The current hot spot for links San Francisco with other kids is a place called Zeum. Its cities and communities official tag is “art and technolthroughout the East and ogy center for ages 8 to 18,” but South bays. The air-condithat title doesn’t do it justice. tioned train cars run along more than 100 miles of The events calendar features mostly elevated rail, including everything from live hip-hop one of the longest underwater concerts (free with admission) transit tubes in the world to interactive art studios where (don’t let those earthquakes teen-artists-in-residence get make you nervous).

Fares to either airport are usually identical, so if a flight to SFO is sold out, there may still be available seats on flights to the lesser-known OAK, which is only a few minutes from the Coliseum BART stop (four stops from San Francisco’s Financial District). Keep in mind, however, that public transportation from SFO is less expensive and far more accessible. Airpor t transpor tation to the city... Public transport is available from the San Francisco airport to downtown via BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) (Tel 510/464-6000; www.bart.gov), which runs daily from SFO to downtown San Francisco. This route avoids traffic on the way and costs substantially less—about $6 one-way—than shuttles or taxis. Just jump on a free airport shuttle bus to the International terminal, enter the BART station in the International terminal, and you’re on your way. A taxi ride to the 222 city center costs about $30 to $35 plus tip and usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

First ask the concierge if your hotel offers child-care service. Otherwise, try an agency that is a member of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, such as American Childcare Service (Tel 415/285-2300; www.americanchildcare.com), which offers private inroom service at your hotel, excursions arranged for children 12 and older, and is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. BART... Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is essentially a com- muter railway that links neighboring communities with San Francisco. There are eight stations in the city itself, but they’re not terribly useful for getting around the city (take 223 the bus—it’s faster). Fares depend on the distance of the ride, but for a special excursion fare, you can ride the entire system as far as you want, in any direction you want, as long as you exit the system at the same station you entered.


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

airport security, Albert Einstein, Bay Area Rapid Transit, California gold rush, car-free, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, El Camino Real, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Loma Prieta earthquake, Mason jar, Maui Hawaii, place-making, Port of Oakland, post-work, sensible shoes, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, Torches of Freedom, transcontinental railway, urban renewal, Works Progress Administration, young professional

The 49-mile drive’s inspiring views may spark some romance. The San Francisco Visitor Information Center, at Powell and Market streets, distributes free route maps, which are handy since a few of the Scenic Drive marker signs are missing. Try to avoid the downtown area during the weekday rush hours from 7 to 9am and 4 to 6pm. A BART Tour One of the world’s best commuter systems, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) runs along 104 miles of rail, linking 43 stations between San Francisco, Millbrae, and the East Bay. Under the bay, BART runs through one of the longest underwater transit tubes in the world. This link opened in September 1972, 2 years behind schedule and 6 months after the general manager resigned under fire. The train cars are 70 feet long and were designed to represent the latest word in public transport luxury.

Pricing Categories Note: In this chapter, hotels are organized by location and then by price range, as follows: Very Expensive, more than $250 per night; Expensive, $200 to $250 per night; Moderate, $150 to $200 per night; and Inexpensive, less than $150 per night. Restaurants are organized by location and then by price range for a complete dinner (appetizer, entree, dessert, and glass of wine) as follows: Very Expensive, dinner from $75 per person; Expensive, dinner from $50 per person; Moderate, dinner from $35 per person; and Inexpensive, dinner for less than $35 per person. Essentials The Berkeley Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station is 2 blocks from the university. The fare from San Francisco is less than $4 one-way. Call 511 or visit www.bart.gov for trip info, or fares, or to download trip planners to your iPod, mobile phone, or PDA. If you are coming by car from San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge (go during the evening commute, and you’ll think Los Angeles traffic is a breeze). Follow I-80 east to the University Avenue exit, and follow University Avenue until you hit the campus.

Arriving at the Airport Immigration & Customs Clearance International visitors arriving by air, no matter what the port of entry, should cultivate patience and resignation before setting foot on U.S. soil. U.S. airports have considerably beefed up security clearances in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and clearing Customs and Immigration can take as long as 2 hours. Getting into Town from the Airport The fastest and cheapest way to get from SFO to the city is to take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; 415/989-2278; www.bart.gov), which offers numerous stops within downtown San Francisco. This route, which takes about 35 minutes, avoids traffic on the way and costs a heck of a lot less than taxis or shuttles. (A BART ticket is about $6 each way, depending on exactly where you’re going.) Just jump on the airport’s free shuttle bus to the International terminal, enter the BART station there, and you’re on your way to San Francisco.


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

Hotel Palomar (www.hotelpalomar-sf.com) Contemporary lounge-chic that's smack downtown; soundproof windows. Hotel Vitale (www.hotelvitale.com) Soothing bayside spa-hotel, across from the Ferry Building. Argonaut Hotel (www.argonauthotel.com) Nautical-chic, converted 1908 wharf-side cannery, with bay views. Arriving in San Francisco Top Tip To find out how best to get to your accommodations, Click here . From San Francisco International Airport (SFO) BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov; one-way $8.10) Direct 30-minute ride to/from downtown San Francisco; SFO BART station is outside the international terminal. Door-to-door vans Share vans depart outside baggage claim; 45 minutes to most SF locations; fares $14–$17 one-way. Companies include: SuperShuttle ( 800-258-3826; www.supershuttle.com) , Quake City ( 415-255-4899; www.quakecityshuttle.com) , Lorrie’s ( 415-334-9000; www.gosfovan.com) and American Airporter Shuttle ( 415-202-0733; www.americanairporter.com) .

Green Tortoise Green Tortoise ( 800-867-8647, 415-956-7500; www.greentortoise.com) offers quasi-organized, slow travel on biodiesel-fueled buses with built-in berths from San Francisco to West Coast destinations including Santa Cruz, Death Valley, Big Sur and LA. Getting Around BART Best for... travel between downtown and the Mission, East Bay and SFO. Throughout this book, venues readily accessible by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov; 4am-midnight Mon-Fri, 6am-midnight Sat, 8am-midnight Sun) are denoted by followed by the name of the nearest BART station. Destinations Downtown, Mission District, SF & Oakland airports, Berkeley & Oakland. Schedules Consult http://transit.511.org. Tickets Sold in BART station machines; fares start at $1.75. Bicycle Best for... sightseeing west of Van Ness Ave. Rentals Near Golden Gate Park (Click here ) and Fisherman’s Wharf ( Click here ).


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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

Service is offered Monday through Friday from 5am to 12:30am, Saturday from 6am to 12:20am, and Sunday from 8am to 12:20am. The L and N lines operate 24 hours, 7 days a week. Especially enjoyable to ride are the beautiful vintage multicolored F-Market streetcars, which run from downtown Market Street to the Castro and back. They offer a quick and charming way to get uptown and downtown without any hassle. BY BART BART, an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit (% 415/989-2278), is a futuristic-looking, high-speed rail network that connects San Francisco with the East Bay— Oakland, Richmond, Concord, and Fremont. Four stations are located along Market Street (see “By Metro Streetcar,” above). Fares range from $1.10 to $4.70, depending on how far you go, though children 4 and under ride free. Tickets are dispensed from machines in the stations and are magnetically encoded with a dollar amount; computerized exits automatically deduct the correct fare.

., no. 710, 133 Ashbury Tobacco Center, 131 Atherton, Gertrude, 58–59, 101, 102 Atkinson, Kate, 84 Bakeries AA Bakery & Café, 30 Danilo Bakery, 49 Dianda’s, 122 Dominguez Bakery, 121 Bakery & Restaurant, 27–28 Balclutha (squarerigger), 148 Balmy Alley, 121 Banducci, Enrico, 45–46 Banking and the Law (mural), 63 174 Bank of America, 26 Bank of Canton, 27 Barbary Lane (Maupin), 90 Bars and pubs Buena Vista restaurant and bar, 150 O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, 51 The Saloon, 57 Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Café, 48 BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), 162–163 BART (mural), 118 Basilica of San Francisco, 126 Beach Blanket Babylon, 50–51 Beat movement, 47 Beat poets, 48, 103 Beats, 44 Belli Anne, 41–42 Ben & Jerry’s, 132 Bertrand, Ray, 63 Index • 175 Betelnut, 104 Big Four Restaurant, 75 Biordi Art Imports, 49 The Blue & Gold Fleet, 165, 172 The Booksmith, 131 Botanical Gardens, Strybing Arboretum and, 144 Boynton, Ray, 60–61 Bransten, Florine Haas, 100 Bransten House, 100 Brautigan, Richard, 58 Broadway no. 1032, 84, 86 no. 1051, 86 no. 1067, 87 no. 1078-1080 (Demarest Compound), 87–88 Brown, Arthur, Jr., 59 Brown, Willie, 130 Browser Books, 102 Buena Vista Park, 132 Buena Vista restaurant and bar, 150 Burgess, Gelett, 84, 86 Burritt Alley, 16 Buses, 161–162 Business hours, 166 Cable Car Museum and Powerhouse, 80–81 Cable cars, 70, 80–81, 161 Cabs, 163 Caen, Herb, 12–13 Café de la Presse, 17 Café NiebaumCoppola, 43 Caffe Centro, 113 Caffè Museo, 110 Caffe Trieste, 49 Caldwell, Erskine, 76 California (mural), 63 California Academy of Sciences, 143 California Agricultural Industry (mural), 63–64 California Industrial Scenes (mural), 61 California St. no. 1990, 101 no. 2026, 101 no. 2101, 102 California Street line, 161 California Welcome Center, 159 Cameron House, 30 The Cannery, 148 Canton Bazaar, 26 Carnaval (mural), 118 Carsley, Robert B., 87 Cartoon Art Museum, 108 Car travel, 163 Casa Lucas Market, 119 Cassady, Neal, 91 The Castro, 170 C.


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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

., 369 Asian Americans, 2, 17, 59, 63, 219, 221, 241, 260n, 366, 374 Asian Law Caucus, 365, 374 Asian Neighborhood Design, 365 assassinations, city hall, 234 – 37, 241 Assessment Appeals Board, 183, 184 Atlanta, 380 Audubon Society, 387 Augustino, Jim, 161 Averbush, Bernard, 377 Babbitt, Bruce, 315n Baer, Larry, 178 Bagot, Gilbert “Buck,” 278 Bakar, Gerson, 311n Baker, Dusty, 41 Baldwin, Irving, 114 Baltimore, Roslyn, 285 Bank of America, 4, 5, 6, 230, 241, 245, 293, 295, 302, 405n35 Baptist Ministers Union, 29 Bar Association of San Francisco, 101 Barbagelata, John, 134, 135, 137, 230, 231, 232, 233, 248 Bardis, John, 239, 240, 418n27, 418n28 Barnes, W.E., 39 BART. See Bay Area Rapid Transit System Bartenders Union, 34 Battery Park City, 162 Bayanihan House, 221, 223 Bay Area Citizens Action League, 418n27 Bay Area Council, 6, 11, 18, 19, 32, 390, 391, 392, 400, 405n35 Bay Area Drum Factory, 181 Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART), 7, 30, 33, 108, 175, 181, 290, 291, 311, 330, 405n26 Bay Bridge, 293, 389 Bay View Federal Savings & Loan building, 332 Bayview–Hunters Point, 25, 63, 172, 179, 184, 233, 276, 344, 375, 462n204 BCTC. See Building and Construction Trades Council Bean, Atholl, 405n35 Beard, John, 371 Becerril, Alicia, 274 Bechtel, 5, 6, 241, 245, 273, 405n26 Bechtel, Stephen, 405n35 Beise, S.

Thus, the East Bay is the locus for heavier industry, chemicals, and petroleum and also serves as the re- The Larger Forces / 7 gional transportation hub. The Peninsula and South Bay are areas for light manufacturing, electronics, and the aerospace industry. Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo Counties support recent secondary office development. San Francisco is the center for administration, finance, consulting, and entertainment. An elaborate network of freeways and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system link all sectors of this regional economic unit to its administrative heart, the city (pace Oakland). BAC was the primary planner and lobbyist for this rail system: “BART was a BAC product,” Brown University sociologist J. Allen Whitt wrote in the pithy conclusion of his 1982 book.26 The function of the BART system is to carry suburban workers from Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Mateo Counties into the downtown center.

Labor’s support was rewarded immediately by appointments to influential City posts and in the long run by construction and other types of jobs for its members.31 An ILWU Local 10 official was appointed to Alioto’s cabinet. ILWU International president Harry Bridges was appointed to the San Francisco Port Commission. Hector Rueda of the Elevator Construction Workers Union was appointed to the Planning Commission. Bill Chester of ILWU was made president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART). In late 1969, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency awarded the ILWU a choice lot in the Western Addition A-2 redevelopment area to build its world headquarters. Local 261 also received its rewards: The head of the Centro Social Obrero was appointed to the mayor’s cabinet; the local’s president went on the Housing Authority board; and a leader of MAPA was appointed by the mayor to fill a vacancy on the Board of Supervisors, another to the Board of Education.


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The End of Traffic and the Future of Transport: Second Edition by David Levinson, Kevin Krizek

2013 Report for America's Infrastructure - American Society of Civil Engineers - 19 March 2013, 3D printing, American Society of Civil Engineers: Report Card, autonomous vehicles, barriers to entry, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, Chris Urmson, collaborative consumption, commoditize, crowdsourcing, DARPA: Urban Challenge, dematerialisation, Elon Musk, en.wikipedia.org, Google Hangouts, Induced demand, intermodal, invention of the printing press, jitney, John Markoff, labor-force participation, lifelogging, Lyft, means of production, megacity, Menlo Park, Network effects, Occam's razor, oil shock, place-making, post-work, Ray Kurzweil, rent-seeking, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Gordon, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart cities, technological singularity, Tesla Model S, the built environment, Thomas Kuhn: the structure of scientific revolutions, transaction costs, transportation-network company, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, uber lyft, urban renewal, women in the workforce, working-age population, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game, Zipcar

And why shouldn't they help govern that organization? And why shouldn't there be more than one so that they can both compete and coordinate to better serve travelers? 238 Two mishaps stand out (1) Bay Area Rapid Transit: Fremont Flyer crash (October 2, 1972) – a train under testing with automatic control overshot the end of the track; (2) the Dockland Light Railway (March 10, 1987) test case failed to stop at the terminus.Iin one case (San Francisco's BART), drivers were re-inserted into the system, in the other (London's Dockland Light Rail), driverless trains remained standard (and safe). 239 See http://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/BART_Bay_Area_Rapid_Transit and http://www.londonreconnections.com/2013/blast-from-the-past-a-precariously-positioned-dlr-train/ for discussion of the relevant incidents 240 Firms like Megabus and Bolt serve the intercity market in a way with lower prices and WiFi that appeals to passengers more than Greyhound or Amtrak.


Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives by Jarrett Walker

Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, congestion charging, demand response, iterative process, jitney, New Urbanism, peak oil, Peter Calthorpe, place-making, Silicon Valley, transit-oriented development, urban planning

In fact, the downtowns are where they are because they grew around the rail line, so the fit between the transit and urban form could not be more perfect. Not far off the line, easily served by shuttles, are all the major employers of Silicon Valley (including the headquarters of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Hewlett Packard), not to mention Stanford University. If you look at the amount of development that’s within walking distance of stations, the Caltrain corridor far exceeds most of the suburban areas where BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) operates all-day frequent rapid transit. Caltrain, however, has a long history of operation with labor-intensive and therefore infrequent commuter rail. The midday service is hourly at this writing, which is useless for the spontaneous trips that true rapid transit would allow. Because Caltrain is so much less frequent than its market requires, there has to be an overlapping network of buses running along the same path.

Acceleration/deceleration delays, 102 Access, as outcome of transit, 13–14, 19–20 Access radii, 60, 60f Accessing, 34, 35 Adelaide, Australia, 90–91 Aesthetics, 25 Agencies, defined, 14 Airlines, connections and, 147, 165 Airport shuttles, 57, 57f, 148 Alexanderplatz (Berlin), 178 Alighting dwell, 102–103 Allocation. See Service allocation Automatic Train Control systems, 102–103 Automation, 102–103, 225–226 Averaging, 112 Barriers, chokepoints and, 50–52, 51f BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), 79, 94–96, 95f, 139, 175 Base-first thinking, 77–79, 77f, 83–84, 223 Berlin Wall, 175 B-Line (Vancouver), 67 Boarding/alighting dwell, 102–103 Boulevard transit, 68, 205–214 Boundaries, connections and, 174–175 Box errors, 41–43 Branching, 93–96, 199–202 Branding, 90–93 Breaks, 58 Budgets, Ridership Goal and, 119, 128–129 Bus Rapid Transit, 65, 104 Businesses, comparison to, 119 Calthorpe, Peter, 193, 196 Caltrain (San Francisco peninsula), 79–80 Canberra, Australia.


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The Profiteers by Sally Denton

Albert Einstein, anti-communist, Ayatollah Khomeini, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Boycotts of Israel, clean water, corporate governance, crony capitalism, Donald Trump, Edward Snowden, energy security, Fall of the Berlin Wall, G4S, invisible hand, James Watt: steam engine, Joan Didion, Kitchen Debate, laissez-faire capitalism, Mikhail Gorbachev, mutually assured destruction, Naomi Klein, new economy, nuclear winter, profit motive, Robert Hanssen: Double agent, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, trickle-down economics, uranium enrichment, urban planning, WikiLeaks, wikimedia commons, William Langewiesche

Its fifty-five thousand “employees”—most of whom are subcontractors—are divided among projects in six “markets”: civil infrastructure; communications; government services; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and power. Its website lists dozens of “signature projects” that read like a roundup of nearly every high-profile undertaking throughout the world. The Channel Tunnel between London and Paris. The Dulles Corridor Metrorail Extension in Washington, DC. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in California. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Boston’s Central Artery/Tunnel Project known as the “Big Dig.” The construction of ninety-five airports throughout the world, including Hong Kong International, Gatwick in London, Doha in Qatar, and McCarran in Las Vegas. It has built 17,000 miles of roads, eighty ports and harbors, 6,200 miles of railway, a hundred tunnels, fifty hydroelectric plants, thirty bridges, and twenty-five entire communities, including the futuristic Saudi Arabian city of Jubail—a $20 billion project hailed as the largest project in construction history.

“Energy use, fed by growing economies everywhere, was on the rise, fueling strong demand for petroleum products, natural gas, and electric power. The need for production, processing, and transportation facilities was increasing. New projects were getting bigger and more venturesome. This was also the golden age of spaceflight; anything was possible.” In Texas, Bechtel built the largest petrochemical plant in the world, and in Puerto Rico, the world’s largest chemical plant. In San Francisco, its Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system was the first totally new rapid transit system built in the United States in forty years. Steve Jr. extended the Middle East projects, cultivating relationships with some of the world’s more unsavory figures, including Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi of Libya, the Shah of Iran, and eventually Saddam Hussein of Iraq. At the height of the company’s Arab exploits, Bechtel also branched out into mining in South Africa and South America, nuclear plants in Spain and India, pipelines in Canada and Alaska.

(Aramco), 53, 62, 63, 131 Arab League, 125, 127 Arab Spring, 5, 96 Arco, Idaho, National Reactor Testing Station, 10 Argentina, 98, 225 Armour Research Foundation, 84 Asian Development Bank, 112 Aspin, Les, 102, 161 Associated General Contractors of America, 27 Associated Press, 147, 271 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), 209 Athens, Greece, subway system, 208 Atlantic (magazine), 280 Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), 68, 70–71, 72, 74, 104, 105, 120, 153, 154, 156, 157 Augustine, Norman, 292 Aziz, Tariq, 169 B-1 bombers, 160 Bacevich, Andrew J., 79 Baer, Robert, 99, 113 Baker, Howard, 131 Balfour, Guthrie and Company, 56 Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, 307 Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), 197–99, 200, 201 Barcelona, Summer Olympics (1992) in, 208 Barlett, Donald L., 244 Barraza, Marian, 264–65 Baum, Dan, 233 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, California, 9, 87 Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuba, 78 Beard, Susan, 294 Becon Construction, 135, 204 Bechtel, Alice Elizabeth, 8, 23, 43–44 Bechtel, Brendan background of, 295 as Bechtel head, 9, 295–96, 304 Bechtel, Clara Alice West, 20, 21, 43, 45–46 Bechtel, Elizabeth Bentz, 19 Bechtel, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Hogan, 92, 93 Bechtel, Gary, 93, 204, 207 Bechtel, John Moyer, 19 Bechtel, Kenneth, 8, 21, 22, 45, 53, 117 Bechtel, Laura Adeline Peart, 46, 55 Bechtel, Lauren, 93, 204–05 Bechtel, Nonie, 93, 205 Bechtel, Riley P., 93 ASEAN countries and, 209–10 background of, 205 Bechtel Enterprises Holdings (BEn) and, 218–19, 221, 225, 227 as Bechtel head, 9, 192, 197, 200, 204 Bechtel’s image and, 213 Bechtel stock value decline and, 226–28 biotech company Theranos and, 305 Boston’s Big Dig project and, 207, 208, 221–22 business philosophy of, 209 Clinton administration and, 214–15 criticism of, 223–24 diversification plan of, 217, 219 employees as hostages in Iraq and, after US invasion, 202 Export Council membership of, 229 hurricane Katrina cleanup and, 246, 247 international business sought by, 208–09 Iraq projects and, 192, 197, 200 Kuwait reconstruction and, 202–03 organizational changes by, 204–05, 212–13, 217–18, 219 partnerships and, 220–21 planetary exploration and, 295 privatization and, 202–03, 216–17 son Brendan as successor to, 9, 295 success of, 211 telecom and Internet start-ups and, 221, 226 wealth of, 9, 262 Bechtel, Shana, 93, 204 Bechtel, Stephen Davison (“Steve Sr.”)


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Dreaming in Public: Building the Occupy Movement by Amy Lang, Daniel Lang/levitsky

activist lawyer, Bay Area Rapid Transit, bonus culture, British Empire, clean water, cognitive dissonance, collective bargaining, corporate governance, corporate personhood, crowdsourcing, David Graeber, deindustrialization, different worldview, facts on the ground, glass ceiling, housing crisis, Kibera, late capitalism, mass incarceration, Naomi Klein, Nelson Mandela, Occupy movement, oil shale / tar sands, out of africa, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Port of Oakland, Rosa Parks, Saturday Night Live, Slavoj Žižek, structural adjustment programs, the medium is the message, too big to fail, trade liberalization, union organizing, upwardly mobile, urban renewal, War on Poverty, We are Anonymous. We are Legion, We are the 99%, white flight, working poor

* * * At this point, then, we have to talk about Oakland itself, about what ‘Oscar Grant’ means to the people who made that name the center of their protest (or what it would mean if Occupy Oakland renamed itself ‘Decolonize and Liberate Oakland.’6) The broad and racialized social restructuring that Oakland has undergone in the last half century – an ‘urban renewal’, after the end of segregation, that has melded seamlessly into suburbanization and gentrification – is a process that has analogs in cities across the United States. But the Bay Area is also unique, and the fact that Oscar Grant was a young African American man traveling on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system – and was shot and killed by a police officer charged with policing BART – is a perfect symbol of the forms of differential inclusion through which Oakland has been formed and reformed (as this blogger describes too precisely for me to need to replicate7). After all, is Oakland really a city? It might once have been clearly distinct from San Francisco, Berkeley, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Emeryville, Piedmont and Alameda (to name only the Bay Area municipalities on its borders), but it clearly is no longer.

♦ Fondly, Michelle Ty The version printed here restores several paragraphs that were cut from the text that circulated publicly. My apologies for being unable to furnish proper citations under the pressure of time. References will gladly be provided upon request. Written with the support of 21 UC Berkeley colleagues. zunguzungu.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/the-day-before-the-day-of-action/ 1 Bay Area Rapid Transit. No Cops, No Bosses UC Davis Bicycle Barricade 20 November 2011 By now much of the world has seen video and photos of Lt John Pike of the UC Davis police department as he discharged a canister of burning chemicals into the faces of students seated in the center of the university quad. Most viewers are outraged, and justifiably so. Much of the outrage has been directed at John Pike.


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Snowden's Box: Trust in the Age of Surveillance by Jessica Bruder, Dale Maharidge

anti-communist, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, blockchain, Broken windows theory, Burning Man, cashless society, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, computer vision, crowdsourcing, Donald Trump, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Ferguson, Missouri, Filter Bubble, Firefox, Internet of things, Jeff Bezos, Julian Assange, license plate recognition, Mark Zuckerberg, mass incarceration, medical malpractice, Occupy movement, off grid, pattern recognition, Peter Thiel, Robert Bork, Shoshana Zuboff, Silicon Valley, Skype, social graph, Steven Levy, Tim Cook: Apple, web of trust, WikiLeaks

Jourova, who helped draft the regulation, is the European commissioner for justice, consumers, and gender equality. While the United States largely lags behind, the ACLU has pushed for greater oversight of domestic spying in America. In 2016, it launched an initiative called Community Control Over Police Surveillance, with the goal of helping citizens lobby for local legislation regulating law enforcement’s ability to eavesdrop. A dozen jurisdictions, from the city of Seattle to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, have adopted CCOPS laws. Some thirty other cities have movements to push for these controls. The state that gave us Silicon Valley is also leading the way to regulate what the tech bros wrought. California passed a law, due to take effect this year, allowing consumers to force companies to delete — and not sell — their personal data. In 2018, San Francisco passed the “Stop Secret Surveillance” ordinance, which bans any city agencies from using facial recognition technology.


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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Story of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman

1960s counterculture, 4chan, Amazon Web Services, Bay Area Rapid Transit, bitcoin, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, cloud computing, collective bargaining, corporate governance, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, David Graeber, Debian, do-ocracy, East Village, Edward Snowden, feminist movement, George Santayana, hive mind, impulse control, Jacob Appelbaum, jimmy wales, Julian Assange, low cost airline, mandatory minimum, Mohammed Bouazizi, Network effects, Occupy movement, pirate software, Richard Stallman, SETI@home, side project, Silicon Valley, Skype, Steven Levy, WikiLeaks, zero day

Take “doxing”: the leaking of private information—such as Social Security numbers, home addresses or personal photos—resides in a legal gray zone because some of the information released can be found on publicly accessible websites. A single Anonymous operation might integrate all three modes—legal, illegal, and legally gray tactics—and if there is an opportunity to infuse an operation with the lulz as well, someone will. A prime example is Operation BART from August 2011. Anonymous was spurred into action when San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) officials sought to disable mobile phone reception on station platforms to thwart a planned anti–police brutality march. Local activists had called for the demonstration to protest the fatal shooting of Charles Hill, an unarmed passenger. Incensed by transportation authorities’ meddling in democratic expression, Anonymous helped organize a series of street demonstrations soon after. A couple of individuals hacked into BART’s computers and released customer data in order to garner media attention.

After a string of days and nights at the hacker festival and an early morning flight from Germany, I arrived back in the US more exhausted than before I had left. The Anonymous spirit, by contrast, seemed to have been refreshed: making my way through baggage claim, I glimpsed a familiar image on a faraway TV screen—the Guy Fawkes mask. Jolted, I trotted over to the monitor. CNN was showing a tweet calling for “OpBART” (“BART” stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit). From the visual clues provided by CNN, I realized that this operation was not only big. It also seemed to fit the mold of the old-school, tumultuous, large-scale-uprising style of the pre-AntiSec Anonymous of yore. The 80 percent of users the GCHQ had supposedly blasted away with its DDoS were back, along with hundreds of newcomers. OpBART’s point of origin can be pinpointed to July 3, 2011, when BART police fatally shot Charlie Hill in the San Francisco Civic Center BART station.


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

West Marin Stagecoach route 68 from San Rafael stops several times daily at the Bear Valley Visitor Center ($2, 70 minutes) before continuing to the town of Point Reyes Station. East Bay Berkeley and Oakland are what most San Franciscans think of as the East Bay, though the area includes numerous other suburbs that swoop up from the bayside flats into exclusive enclaves in the hills. Many residents of the ‘West Bay’ would like to think they needn’t ever cross the Bay Bridge or take a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train through an underwater tunnel. But a wealth of museums and historical sites, a world-famous university, excellent restaurants and bars, a creative arts scene, offbeat shopping, woodsy parks and better weather are just some of the attractions that lure travelers from San Francisco over to the sunny side of the Bay. Oakland Named for the grand oak trees that once lined its streets, Oakland is to San Francisco what Brooklyn is to Manhattan.

Tourist Information Visit Oakland Visitor CenterTOURIST INFORMATION ( GOOGLE MAP ; %510-839-9000; www.visitoakland.com; 481 Water St; h9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat & Sun) At Jack London Sq. 8Getting There & Away Air Oakland International Airport is less crowded and sometimes cheaper to fly into than San Francisco International Airport (SFO) across the bay. OAK airport is connected to Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco by frequent BART trains. BART Within the Bay Area, the most convenient way to get to Oakland and back is by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov). Trains run on a set schedule approximately every 10 to 20 minutes from around 4:30am to midnight on weekdays, 6am to midnight on Saturday and 8am to midnight on Sunday. Downtown BART stations are on Broadway at 12th and 19th Sts; other Oakland stations are on the south side of Lake Merritt, close to Chinatown; near Temescal (MacArthur station) and in Rockridge. To get to downtown Oakland, catch a Richmond or Pittsburg/Bay Point train.

Golden Gate Transit Bus from San Francisco to Petaluma (adult/youth $11.75/5.75) and Santa Rosa (adult/youth $13/6.50); board at 1st and Mission Sts. Connects with Sonoma County Transit buses. Greyhound (%800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) Buses run from San Francisco to Santa Rosa ($21 to $38). Napa Valley Vine Operates local bus 10 daily from downtown Napa to Calistoga ($1.60); express bus 29 Monday to Friday from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal ($3.25) and El Cerrito del Norte Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station via Napa to Calistoga ($5.50); and local bus 11 daily from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to downtown Napa ($1.60). Sonoma County Airport Express (%800-327-2024, 707-837-8700; www.airportexpressinc.com) Shuttles ($34) between Sonoma County Airport (Santa Rosa) and San Francisco and Oakland airports. Car & Motorcycle From San Francisco, take Hwy 101 north over the Golden Gate Bridge, then Hwy 37 east to Hwy 121 north; continue to the junction of Hwy 12/121.


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Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend

1960s counterculture, 4chan, A Pattern Language, Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, anti-communist, Apple II, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, business process, call centre, carbon footprint, charter city, chief data officer, clean water, cleantech, cloud computing, computer age, congestion charging, connected car, crack epidemic, crowdsourcing, DARPA: Urban Challenge, data acquisition, Deng Xiaoping, digital map, Donald Davies, East Village, Edward Glaeser, game design, garden city movement, Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute, George Gilder, ghettoisation, global supply chain, Grace Hopper, Haight Ashbury, Hedy Lamarr / George Antheil, hive mind, Howard Rheingold, interchangeable parts, Internet Archive, Internet of things, Jacquard loom, Jane Jacobs, jitney, John Snow's cholera map, Joi Ito, Khan Academy, Kibera, Kickstarter, knowledge worker, load shedding, M-Pesa, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, mobile money, mutually assured destruction, new economy, New Urbanism, Norbert Wiener, Occupy movement, off grid, openstreetmap, packet switching, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Parag Khanna, patent troll, Pearl River Delta, place-making, planetary scale, popular electronics, RFC: Request For Comment, RFID, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Gordon, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart cities, smart grid, smart meter, social graph, social software, social web, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stuxnet, supply-chain management, technoutopianism, Ted Kaczynski, telepresence, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, too big to fail, trade route, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, undersea cable, Upton Sinclair, uranium enrichment, urban decay, urban planning, urban renewal, Vannevar Bush, working poor, working-age population, X Prize, Y2K, zero day, Zipcar

In 2007 a Washington Metro rail car caught fire after a power surge went unnoticed by buggy software designed to detect it.6 Temporarily downgrading back to the older, more reliable code took just twenty minutes per car while engineers methodically began testing and debugging. But some bugs in city-scale systems will ripple across networks with potentially catastrophic consequences. A year before the DC Metro fire, a bug in the control software of San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system forced a systemwide shutdown not just once, but three times over a seventy-two-hour period. More disconcerting is the fact that initial attempts to fix the faulty code actually made things worse. As an official investigation later found, “BART staff began immediately working to configure a backup system that would enable a faster recovery from any future software failure.” But two days after the first failure, “work on that backup system inadvertently contributed to the failure of a piece of hardware that, in turn, created the longest delay.”7 Thankfully, no one was injured by these subway shutdowns, but their economic impact was likely enormous—the economic toll of the two-and-a-half-day shutdown of New York’s subways during a 2005 strike was estimated at $1 billion.8 The troubles of automation in transit systems are a precursor to the kinds of problems we’re likely to see as we buy into smart cities.

Johnston, 1890), 84. 4http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h96000/h96566k.jpg. 5Kathleen Broome Williams, Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2004), 54. 6“Surge Caused Fire in Rail Car,” Washington Times, last modified April 12, 2007, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/apr/12/20070412-104206-9871r/. 7“About recent service interruptions, what we’re doing to prevent similar problems in the future,” Bay Area Rapid Transit District, last modified April 5, 2006, http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2006/news20060405.aspx. 8“The Economic Impact of Interrupted Service,” 2010 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile (Washington, DC: American Road & Transportation Builders Association, 2010), http://www.artba.org/Economics/Econ-Breakouts/04_EconomicImpactInterruptedService.pdf. 9Quentin Hardy, “Internet Experts Warn of Risks in Ultrafast Networks,” New York Times, November 13, 2011, B3. 10Ellen Ullman, “Op-Ed: Errant Code?


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Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

"side hustle", activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, Airbnb, Albert Einstein, always be closing, Amazon Web Services, Andy Kessler, autonomous vehicles, Ayatollah Khomeini, barriers to entry, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, call centre, Chris Urmson, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, citizen journalism, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, corporate governance, creative destruction, don't be evil, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, family office, gig economy, Google Glasses, Google X / Alphabet X, high net worth, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, Kickstarter, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, mass immigration, Menlo Park, Mitch Kapor, money market fund, moral hazard, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, Network effects, new economy, off grid, peer-to-peer, pets.com, Richard Florida, ride hailing / ride sharing, Sand Hill Road, self-driving car, shareholder value, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, skunkworks, Snapchat, software as a service, software is eating the world, South China Sea, South of Market, San Francisco, sovereign wealth fund, special economic zone, Steve Jobs, TaskRabbit, the payments system, Tim Cook: Apple, Travis Kalanick, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, uber lyft, ubercab, union organizing, upwardly mobile, Y Combinator

At only seven-by-seven square miles, San Francisco was small enough that one could survive without owning a car, but still large enough for a person to be annoyed they didn’t have one. He could always bike across the city, though a six-speed didn’t work so well climbing up steep hills like those on Divisadero Street. And a bike wasn’t going to help him get home from a bar at two o’clock in the morning—at least, not without a DUI or a head injury. There was always BART—Bay Area Rapid Transit—San Francisco’s wheezing commuter rail system. But BART was gross, a patchwork of dirty cloth seats and crowded cars, nowhere near large enough for the influx of twentysomethings who had invaded the Bay Area in recent years. And BART didn’t run past midnight. Not ideal for a young man pursuing the nightlife. At first it was an annoyance. Camp, a Canadian by birth and an entrepreneur by heart, had moved to San Francisco after attending business school, with hopes of growing his startup—a Web 2.0 phenom called StumbleUpon.

See also specific products the Apple problem, 153–64 App Store, 37, 39–40, 59, 155, 157–63, 235, 245 Aquafina, 60 Arab Spring, 199 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, xv Arrington, Michael, 55, 58 Arro, 113 Asia, 139, 140–52, 187, 259, 260. See also specific countries AT&T, 59, 92 Atwood, Renee, 135 August Capital, 31 Austin, Texas, 115, 116 Axis Theater, 10–15 Babbage, 39 Baker, Ed, 137, 174, 254 Baldwin, Alec, 90 Bangalore, India, 148 Bannon, Steve, 207 Bar Crudo, 78 Barrett, David, 49 BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), 41 Bass, Robert, 277 the Battery, 4 BD, Akshay, 148 Beijing, China, 142 Benchmark Capital, 14, 40, 65, 70, 78–80, 282–86, 311–17, 320, 323, 324–26, 335 attempts to find Kalanick’s replacement and, 314–16 Grand Bargain and, 326–27 plan to force Kalanick’s hand, 289–91, 292–306 Benioff, Marc, 201 Benton, Dan, 67 Best Buy, 39 Beyoncé, 7–8 Bezos, Jeff, 11, 13, 35, 54, 69, 140, 231n, 332 Biewald, Lukas, 49 Big Tech, 201 Bigwords.com, 26 BlackBerry, 36 “Black Gold,” 139 Bloomberg Businessweek, 121 Bloomberg News, 237, 254, 256 Blue Bottle, 98 Bob, 241, 242, 243, 244, 246 Bonderman, David, 101, 202, 255, 270, 272, 274, 276–84, 296, 321 Booker, Cory, 179 Brazil, 174 Brin, Sergey, 34, 54, 76–77, 96, 100, 121, 140, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180 Brown, Mike, 150n Buffett, Warren, 76–77 Burkle, Ron, 23 Burner, 146 Burning Man, 42 Burns, Ursula, 327 Bush, George W., 229 Bush, Sophia, 193 Bush administration, 33 BuzzFeed, 127n, 128–31, 129n, 156 BuzzFeed News, 128–31 Cabulous, 78 Caldbeck, Justin, 285 California, 168.


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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

A cab downtown from the airport is $30 to $35, plus tip. SuperShuttle (& 415/ 558-8500; www.supershuttle.com) will take you anywhere in town; it’s $15 to a residence or business, $8 to $15 for each additional person, depending on your destination, O R I E N TA T I O N 67 and $65 to charter a van for as many as seven people. The shuttle requires pickup 2 hours before your flight (3 hr. during holidays). For budget travelers, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; & 415/989-2278; www. bart.gov) runs from the airport to downtown. Rates are about $5 per person, depending on where you’re bound, and the trip takes less than half an hour. The San Mateo County Transit system, SamTrans (& 800/660-4287 in Northern California, or 650/508-6200; www.samtrans.com), runs two buses between the airport and Transbay Terminal (First and Mission sts.). Bus no. 292 is $1.50 and takes 55 minutes.

Taxis from the Oakland airport to downtown San Francisco are expensive, costing approximately $50, plus tip. Bayporter Express (& 877/467-1800 or 415/467-1800; www.bayporter.com) shuttle service is $26 for the first person, $12 for each additional person, to downtown San Francisco; it costs more to the city’s outlying neighborhoods. Children under 12 ride for $7. The cheapest way downtown (and the easiest during traffic snarls) is the shuttle from the airport to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; & 510/464-6000; www.bart.gov). The AirBART shuttle bus runs about every 15 minutes Monday through Saturday from 6am to 11:30pm, and Sunday from 8:30am to 11:30pm. It makes pickups in front of terminals 1 and 2 near the ground transportation signs. Passengers must purchase tickets before boarding, from airport vending machines. The 10-minute ride to BART’s Coliseum station in Oakland is $2.

The L or N lines operate all day and night. The most recent streetcar additions are not newcomers at all, but refurbished classics from the 1930s. The beautiful, multicolored cars on the F Market line run along the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to Market Street, and then to the Castro and back. They’re a quick and charming way to get uptown and downtown without any hassle. BY BART BART—an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit (& 415/989-2278; www.bart.gov)—is a high-speed rail network that connects San Francisco and the airport with the East Bay towns of Oakland, Richmond, Concord, and Fremont. Four stations are located along Market Street (see “By Streetcar,” above). Fares range from $1.45 to $7.45, depending on how far you go. Machines in the stations dispense tickets, encoded with a dollar amount, and computerized exits deduct the correct fare.


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Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action That Changed America by Writers For The 99%

Bay Area Rapid Transit, citizen journalism, collective bargaining, desegregation, feminist movement, income inequality, McMansion, Mohammed Bouazizi, Occupy movement, Port of Oakland, We are the 99%, young professional

Louis demonstrators hewed to a tried-and-true method of making their voices heard, forging alliances with trade unions to stage at least two strike actions and a walkout. With its long history of radical organizing and social protest, Oakland quickly emerged as the Occupy movement’s West Coast epicenter. Naming its original encampment Oscar Grant Plaza— after a young Oakland man who had been fatally shot in the back by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle on New Years Day 2009—Occupy Oakland cast the local movement in direct opposition to the city’s long history of police violence and repression. Local officials responded in ways that unwittingly reinforced the Occupiers’ claims of endemic police brutality in the city. The Oakland camp was one of the first to be raided by police, on the evening of October 25.


San Francisco by Lonely Planet

airport security, Albert Einstein, Apple II, back-to-the-land, banking crisis, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Burning Man, California gold rush, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, David Brooks, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, G4S, game design, glass ceiling, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, Joan Didion, Loma Prieta earthquake, Mason jar, New Urbanism, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, stealth mode startup, stem cell, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Stewart Brand, transcontinental railway, urban sprawl, Whole Earth Catalog, Zipcar

Consider getting here by train instead of car or plane to enjoy spectacular scenery en route, without unnecessary traffic hassles and excess carbon emissions. Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at lonelyplanet.com/bookings. Air San Francisco International Airport One of the busiest airports in the country, San Francisco International Airport (SFO; www.flysfo.com) is 14 miles south of downtown off Hwy 101 and accessible by BART. Getting to/from San Francisco International Airport BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov; one-way $8) Offers a fast, direct 30-minute ride to/from downtown San Francisco. The SFO BART station is connected to the International Terminal; tickets can be purchased from machines inside the station entrance. BusSamTrans (www.samtrans.com; one-way $5) Express bus KX takes about 30 minutes to reach Temporary Transbay Terminal in the South of Market (SoMa) area. Airport Shuttles (one-way $14-17) Depart from baggage-claim areas, taking 45 minutes to most SF locations.

Powell-Mason Runs from the Powell St cable car turnaround past Union Square, turns west along Jackson St, and then descends north down Mason St, Columbus Ave and Taylor St towards Fisherman’s Wharf. On the return trip it takes Washington St instead of Jackson St. Powell-Hyde Follows the same route as the Powell-Mason line until Jackson St, where it turns down Hyde St to terminate at Aquatic Park; coming back it takes Washington St. BART Throughout this book, venues readily accessible by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov; 4am-midnight Mon-Fri, 6am-midnight Sat, 8am-midnight Sun) are denoted by followed by the name of the nearest BART. The fastest link between Downtown and the Mission District also offers transit to SF airport, Oakland ($3.20) and Berkeley ($3.75). Four of the system’s five lines pass through SF before terminating at Daly City or SFO. Within SF, one-way fares start at $1.75.


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The Great Railroad Revolution by Christian Wolmar

1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy, accounting loophole / creative accounting, banking crisis, Bay Area Rapid Transit, big-box store, Charles Lindbergh, collective bargaining, cross-subsidies, intermodal, James Watt: steam engine, Kickstarter, Ponzi scheme, quantitative easing, railway mania, Ralph Waldo Emerson, refrigerator car, Silicon Valley, strikebreaker, too big to fail, trade route, transcontinental railway, traveling salesman, union organizing, urban sprawl

This type of initiative was replicated across the country, and as George Douglas, writing in 1992, suggested, “with this infusion of public aid, suburban train service in the major cities where it once flourished— New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia—is probably a good deal better than it was thirty years ago.”11 Investment has continued in suburban rail, and several unlikely cities such as Dallas and Albuquerque have modest rail systems; many more are under construction in a host of major cities, often reusing long-abandoned lines. The opening of the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) system in the San Francisco area in 1972 marked a renewal of interest in metro lines in the United States. Although it has been riven with funding problems and technical difficulties, it has built up into a system with more than one hundred route miles and nearly four hundred thousand daily users. Other cities such as Washington, Los Angeles, and Miami have followed suit with new heavy-rail rapid-transit systems.

., 103 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad (Santa Fe), 135, 141, 176, 235, 270 and aviation, 302–303 branch line closures, 316 diesel services, 316 gas-engine trials, 310 and Harvey restaurants, 209 and immigrants, 172, 173 prestige services, 301, 313, 328 and Western expansion, 173–174, 175–176, 179 Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, 168 Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad, 40 Auburn & Syracuse Railroad, 67 Australia, 60, 176 Austria, 21 Averell, Mary, 248 Aviation, 302–303, 318, 321, 328–329, 337, 350, 352 Ayres, Henry “Poppy,” 79–80 Baedeker guides, 184, 223 Baldwin, Matthias, 42–43 Ballast, 46 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, 12, 58, 60, 68–69, 70–71, 168, 230, 250, 303–304, 308 branch line closures, 316 and Civil War, 95, 97–98, 104, 111, 113, 118 electrification, 286–287, 297 and first US railways, 1, 18–23, 32, 33, 125 labor relations, 233, 238 prestige services, 264–265, 327–328 Baltimore Riot, 97–98 Barnard, George C., 242 Baseball, 226–227 Bass, Sam, 202 Bay Area Rapid Transit, 353–354 Beauregard, P. G. T., 101 Bell, Nimrod, 161–162 Belt Railway, 71 Benton, Thomas Hart, 7 Best Friend of Charleston, 20 Bevan, David, 337 “Big John” case, 346–347 Black Diamond, 334 Blenkinsop, John, 15 Blücher, 15 Boiler explosions, 192 Bolshevik Revolution, 294 Boston commuter services, 211 rail connections, 52–53 South Station, 261, 344 Boston & Albany Railroad, 203 Boston & Lowell Railroad, 34, 47, 52, 73, 77, 193 Boston & Maine Railroad, 223, 287, 297, 338 Boston & Providence Railroad, 84 Boston & Worcester Railroad, 35 Boulton & Watt, 5–6 Boy Scouts, 311 Bragg, Braxton, 112 Braking, 49, 196–199 Branch lines, 210, 307, 316, 327, 333–334 Brassey, Thomas, 39 Bridges accidents, 161, 193–194, 256 and beavers, 210 Dale Creek bridge, 147 destruction of, 106, 109, 110, 112 Missouri bridge, 155, 207 Rock Island bridge, 86, 147 Bridgewater Canal, 8 Brighton Beach & Brooklyn Railroad, 223 British Railways, 334, 348 Broadway Limited, 266–267, 309 Brown, Dee, 42, 127, 135–136, 139–140, 146, 149, 152, 172, 206, 208 Brown, George, 18 Brown, John, 94–95 Brown, Joseph E., 103 Brunel, Isambard Kingdom, 59 Bryant, Keith L., Jr., 158, 178, 251 Buchan, John, 109 Budd, Ralph, 310–312, 328 Buffalo, Bradford & Pittsburgh Railroad, 242 Buffalo & Rochester Railroad, 67 Buffalo & State Line Railroad, 60–61 Buffett, Warren, 357 Bull Run, Battle of, 101–102, 112 Burkhardt, Ed, xxviii, 354–355 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, 257, 258 Burlington Railroad.


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

West Marin Stagecoach route 68 from San Rafael stops several times daily at the Bear Valley Visitor Center ($2, 70 minutes) before continuing to the town of Point Reyes Station. East Bay Berkeley and Oakland are what most San Franciscans think of as the East Bay, though the area includes numerous other suburbs that swoop up from the bayside flats into exclusive enclaves in the hills. Many residents of the ‘West Bay’ would like to think they needn’t ever cross the Bay Bridge or take a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train through an underwater tunnel. But a wealth of museums and historical sites, a world-famous university, excellent restaurants and bars, a creative arts scene, offbeat shopping, woodsy parks and better weather are just some of the attractions that lure travelers from San Francisco over to the sunny side of the Bay. Oakland Named for the grand oak trees that once lined its streets, Oakland is to San Francisco what Brooklyn is to Manhattan.

Tourist Information Visit Oakland Visitor CenterTOURIST INFORMATION ( GOOGLE MAP ; %510-839-9000; www.visitoakland.com; 481 Water St; h9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat & Sun) At Jack London Sq. 8Getting There & Away Air Oakland International Airport is less crowded and sometimes cheaper to fly into than San Francisco International Airport (SFO) across the bay. OAK airport is connected to Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco by frequent BART trains. BART Within the Bay Area, the most convenient way to get to Oakland and back is by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov). Trains run on a set schedule approximately every 10 to 20 minutes from around 4:30am to midnight on weekdays, 6am to midnight on Saturday and 8am to midnight on Sunday. Downtown BART stations are on Broadway at 12th and 19th Sts; other Oakland stations are on the south side of Lake Merritt, close to Chinatown; near Temescal (MacArthur station) and in Rockridge. To get to downtown Oakland, catch a Richmond or Pittsburg/Bay Point train.

Golden Gate Transit Bus from San Francisco to Petaluma (adult/youth $11.75/5.75) and Santa Rosa (adult/youth $13/6.50); board at 1st and Mission Sts. Connects with Sonoma County Transit buses. Greyhound (%800-231-2222; www.greyhound.com) Buses run from San Francisco to Santa Rosa ($21 to $38). Napa Valley Vine Operates local bus 10 daily from downtown Napa to Calistoga ($1.60); express bus 29 Monday to Friday from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal ($3.25) and El Cerrito del Norte Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station via Napa to Calistoga ($5.50); and local bus 11 daily from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to downtown Napa ($1.60). Sonoma County Airport Express (%800-327-2024, 707-837-8700; www.airportexpressinc.com) Shuttles ($34) between Sonoma County Airport (Santa Rosa) and San Francisco and Oakland airports. Car & Motorcycle From San Francisco, take Hwy 101 north over the Golden Gate Bridge, then Hwy 37 east to Hwy 121 north; continue to the junction of Hwy 12/121.


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The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers--And the Coming Cashless Society by David Wolman

addicted to oil, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, Bernie Madoff, bitcoin, Bretton Woods, carbon footprint, cashless society, central bank independence, collateralized debt obligation, corporate social responsibility, credit crunch, cross-subsidies, Diane Coyle, fiat currency, financial innovation, floating exchange rates, German hyperinflation, greed is good, Isaac Newton, Kickstarter, M-Pesa, Mahatma Gandhi, mental accounting, mobile money, money: store of value / unit of account / medium of exchange, offshore financial centre, P = NP, Peter Thiel, place-making, placebo effect, Ponzi scheme, Ronald Reagan, seigniorage, Silicon Valley, special drawing rights, Steven Levy, the payments system, transaction costs, WikiLeaks

“The purpose of cash is no longer to support commerce,” he concludes.22 Birch wasn’t always so obsessed with money’s forms, friction, and future—not until he had to digitize it. His background is in computers, where he got his start helping to link up networks in the days before the Internet. His specialty was making networks secure, which led to a corporate job traveling the world to help with secure systems at NATO, satellite communications in Southeast Asia, and reliable data communications for California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit. He was one of the founders of a consultancy in the 1980s. Secure computer networks and financial transactions have many points in common, and Birch began to build a reputation as an expert in payment technologies and electronic money systems, with clients including the likes of VISA, American Express, MasterCard, Barclay’s, and the European Commission. It was in this role that he started to obsess over the costs, hassles, and hazards of different forms of money, and with the machinations of how value zips around the world.


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Behind the cloud: the untold story of how Salesforce.com went from idea to billion-dollar company--and revolutionized an industry by Marc Benioff, Carlye Adler

Albert Einstein, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, barriers to entry, Bay Area Rapid Transit, business continuity plan, call centre, carbon footprint, Clayton Christensen, cloud computing, corporate social responsibility, crowdsourcing, iterative process, Maui Hawaii, Nicholas Carr, platform as a service, Silicon Valley, software as a service, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs

I’ll show you how to build a business that’s not just profitable but inspiring: good for your employees, good for your customers, and good for your community. Perhaps like you, I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I grew up watching my father run a chain of women’s clothing stores, and my grandfather, an innovative and unusual attorney, run his own practice and create BART, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system. My obsession with software began when I wandered into a computer lab in high school. I would beg my grandmother to drive me to the local RadioShack so I could use the TRS 80 model 1. Later, I used the income I made at my after-school job (cleaning cases at a jewelry store) to buy my own computer. I wrote my first piece of software (How to Juggle) and sold it for $75. What I really loved was the ways we could use computers to share information.


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The Internet Is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen

"Robert Solow", 3D printing, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Airbnb, AltaVista, Andrew Keen, augmented reality, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, bitcoin, Black Swan, Bob Geldof, Burning Man, Cass Sunstein, citizen journalism, Clayton Christensen, clean water, cloud computing, collective bargaining, Colonization of Mars, computer age, connected car, creative destruction, cuban missile crisis, David Brooks, disintermediation, disruptive innovation, Donald Davies, Downton Abbey, Edward Snowden, Elon Musk, Erik Brynjolfsson, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Filter Bubble, Francis Fukuyama: the end of history, Frank Gehry, Frederick Winslow Taylor, frictionless, full employment, future of work, gig economy, global village, Google bus, Google Glasses, Hacker Ethic, happiness index / gross national happiness, income inequality, index card, informal economy, information trail, Innovator's Dilemma, Internet of things, Isaac Newton, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, job automation, Joi Ito, Joseph Schumpeter, Julian Assange, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, Kodak vs Instagram, Lean Startup, libertarian paternalism, lifelogging, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall McLuhan, Martin Wolf, Metcalfe’s law, move fast and break things, move fast and break things, Nate Silver, Nelson Mandela, Network effects, new economy, Nicholas Carr, nonsequential writing, Norbert Wiener, Norman Mailer, Occupy movement, packet switching, PageRank, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Paul Graham, peer-to-peer, peer-to-peer rental, Peter Thiel, plutocrats, Plutocrats, Potemkin village, precariat, pre–internet, RAND corporation, Ray Kurzweil, ride hailing / ride sharing, Robert Metcalfe, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, Skype, smart cities, Snapchat, social web, South of Market, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Steven Levy, Stewart Brand, TaskRabbit, Ted Nelson, telemarketer, The Future of Employment, the medium is the message, the new new thing, Thomas L Friedman, Travis Kalanick, Tyler Cowen: Great Stagnation, Uber for X, uber lyft, urban planning, Vannevar Bush, Whole Earth Catalog, WikiLeaks, winner-take-all economy, working poor, Y Combinator

Hennessy calls “tasteless nutrition sludge.”59 No matter. In a month, Tunney had raised $1 million on Kickstarter for a repellent social experiment that brings to mind Soylent Green, the 1974 dystopian movie about a world in which the dominant food product was made of human remains. This libertarian elite doesn’t have much affection for labor unions and the industrial working class, either. When, in 2013, the city’s metro system union, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers, went on strike over the threats of automation to their jobs and their relatively low pay in one of America’s most expensive cities, the technology community erupted in a storm of moral outrage. “My solution would be to pay whatever the hell they want, get them back to work, and then go figure out how to automate their jobs,” the CEO of one tech startup wrote on Facebook.60 Indeed, much of the “work” being done by Google-acquired robotic companies like Nest, Boston Dynamics, and DeepMind is focused on figuring out how to automate the jobs of traditional workers such as BART drivers.


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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

Public transit tends to be so bad that an average resident of a low-income suburb who is reliant on public transit can reach only a fraction of the jobs available in that metro region: only 4 percent of jobs are reachable with a forty-five-minute commute on public transportation, and if that commute is extended to ninety minutes, still only 25 percent of a metro area’s jobs are accessible. There are only four commuter lines in the Bay Area. Outside San Francisco, the stops for each are far between and the trains run relatively infrequently. One day, a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit employee tweeted from the company’s official Twitter account that “BART was built to transport far fewer people, and much of our system has reached the end of its useful life.” Another tweet characterized the transit agency as overwhelmed by the tech boom. It was a rare candid moment—an agency essentially admitting there was a problem it could not fix, and no easy way out. There’s also evidence that poor students do less well in the suburbs than in inner cities: low-income students in Antioch and Pittsburg, two far-flung Bay Area cities absorbing much of San Francisco’s population exodus, were found to underperform their counterparts in San Francisco.


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Boeing Versus Airbus: The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business by John Newhouse

Airbus A320, airline deregulation, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Build a better mousetrap, corporate governance, demand response, low cost airline, low cost carrier, MITM: man-in-the-middle, upwardly mobile

The runways at San Francisco are 750 feet apart, not enough to allow two A380’s to take off side by side but enough for one to leave alongside some other airplane. Besides the new terminal, which was opened in December 2000, the airport created two new parking garages, new freeway ramps, and two new employee parking garages. The other up-to-date feature is a light rail system that connects the terminals, garages, rental car offices, and a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station that is located at the entrance of the international terminal. Bus and auto traffic on surface roads has been reduced. John Martin, the airport’s director, sees it as capable of competing with LAX. “Through passengers prefer landing here,” he says. “We have a much higher level of amenities, and are much more efficient. The customs service is a much better facility. We have better facilities in general, including better restaurants.”37 Officials at LAX are cautiously optimistic that in the end A380 operators—most of them Asian—will conclude, or have already concluded, that access to the Los Angeles market must outweigh the clear advantages of flying into San Francisco’s airport.


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Insane Mode: How Elon Musk's Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil by Hamish McKenzie

Airbnb, Albert Einstein, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, barriers to entry, basic income, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Ben Horowitz, business climate, car-free, carbon footprint, Chris Urmson, Clayton Christensen, cleantech, Colonization of Mars, connected car, crony capitalism, Deng Xiaoping, disruptive innovation, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, Google Glasses, Hyperloop, Internet of things, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, low earth orbit, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, Menlo Park, Nikolai Kondratiev, oil shale / tar sands, paypal mafia, Peter Thiel, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Reagan, self-driving car, Shenzhen was a fishing village, short selling, side project, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Snapchat, South China Sea, special economic zone, stealth mode startup, Steve Jobs, Tesla Model S, Tim Cook: Apple, Uber and Lyft, uber lyft, universal basic income, urban planning, urban sprawl, Zipcar

After my self-guided tour of Fremont’s industrial wonders, I ate lunch at a packed Thai restaurant downtown. It was opposite a construction site and a sign that read: FREMONT DOWNTOWN ON THE RISE. Fremont was in the midst of transforming itself from commuter suburb to high-tech manufacturing hub. Five miles away, behind the Tesla factory, was the newly built South Fremont station for the Bay Area Rapid Transit trains that crisscross the region. Next to that was South Fremont’s Warm Springs Innovation District, which was in the process of converting 850 acres of land into a housing, shopping, and entertainment hub, with hotels, convention facilities, and parks. The land had previously been zoned for heavy industry. Six years after NUMMI closed, taking close to five thousand jobs with it, Fremont was on the rebound.


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

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Almost four dozen major scheduled carriers serve San Francisco International Airport (& 650/821-8211; www.flysfo.com; airport code SFO), 14 miles dir ectly south of do wntown on U.S. 101. Travel time to downtown during commuter rush hour is about 40 minutes; at other times, it’s about 20 to 25 minutes. The cheapest and often fastest way to get fr om SFO to the city is to take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; & 415/989-2278; www .bart.gov), which offers numer ous stops within downtown San Francisco. This route, which takes about 35 minutes, avoids traffic on the way and costs a lot less than taxis or shuttles (about $6 each way , depending on exactly where you’re going). Just jump on the airport’s free shuttle bus to the International terminal, enter the BAR T station ther e, and y ou’re on y our way.

Taxis fr om the O akland airpor t to do wntown S an Francisco ar e expensiv e, costing approximately $50, plus tip. Bayporter Express (& 877/467-1800 or 415/467-1800; www.bayporter.com) shuttle service is $26 for the first person, $12 for each additional person, to do wntown San Francisco; it costs more to the city’s outlying neighborhoods. Children under 12 ride for $7. The cheapest way to reach downtown San Francisco is to take the shuttle bus from the Oakland Airport to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; & 510/464-6000; www.bart.gov). The AirBART shuttle bus runs about every 15 minutes Monday through Saturday from 5am to 12:05am and Sunday from 8am to 12:05am. It makes pickups in front of terminals 1 and 2 near the gr ound transpor tation signs. Tickets must be pur chased at the Oakland Airport’s vending machines prior to boarding. The cost is $2 for the 10-minute ride to BART’s Coliseum station in O akland.

The most r ecent new line to this system is not a ne wcomer at all, but is, in fact, an encore performance of S an Francisco’s beloved rejuvenated 1930s str eetcar. The beautiful, retro, multicolored F-Market streetcar runs from 17th and Castr o streets to B each and Jones streets; every other streetcar continues to Jones and Beach streets in Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a quick and charming way to get up- and do wntown without any hassle. BY BART BART, an acronym for Bay Area Rapid Transit (& 415/989-2278; www. bart.gov), is a futuristic-looking, high-speed rail networ k that connects S an Francisco with the East B ay and the S an Francisco and O akland airpor ts. Four stations ar e on Market Street. Fares range from $1.45 to $7.35, depending on how far you go. Machines in the stations dispense tickets that ar e magnetically encoded with a dollar amount. Computerized exits automatically deduct the correct fare.


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Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom by Rebecca MacKinnon

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, business cycle, business intelligence, Cass Sunstein, Chelsea Manning, citizen journalism, cloud computing, cognitive dissonance, collective bargaining, conceptual framework, corporate social responsibility, Deng Xiaoping, digital Maoism, don't be evil, Filter Bubble, Firefox, future of journalism, illegal immigration, Jaron Lanier, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, Joi Ito, Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg, Mikhail Gorbachev, MITM: man-in-the-middle, national security letter, online collectivism, Panopticon Jeremy Bentham, Parag Khanna, pre–internet, race to the bottom, Richard Stallman, Ronald Reagan, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Steve Crocker, Steven Levy, WikiLeaks

In mid-August 2011, as I completed the final edits on this book, riots broke out in Great Britain. Debates raged in the United Kingdom over Prime Minister David Cameron’s controversial remarks about the need for expanded government power to monitor and restrict the British public’s access to mobile services as well as to social networks. In the United States, San Franciscans were up in arms after the local subway system, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), shut down wireless service at several stations to prevent a planned protest against a shooting by BART police of an allegedly knife-wielding man. China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency could not resist the opportunity to gloat: “We may wonder why Western leaders, on the one hand, tend to indiscriminately accuse other nations of monitoring, but on the other take for granted their steps to monitor and control the Internet,” said the unsigned commentary.


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

USIT Northern Ireland t028/9032 7111, wwww .usitnow.com; Republic of Ireland t 01/602 1906, wwww.usit.ie. Ireland’s premier student travel center, which can also find good nonstudent deals. Virgin Holidays UK t0870/220 2788, wwww .virginholidays.co.uk. Flights, fly-drive deals, tailormade holidays, and packages. Arrival The Bay Area airports are well served by public transport, with a plethora of transit options to get you quickly into San Francisco. Besides BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), there are plenty of buses, minivans, and cabs, all of which will deliver you into the center of the city in around thirty minutes. Those arriving by bus in San Francisco pull into the center of downtown; if you’re coming on Amtrak, you’ll need to hop onto a shuttle bus from Oakland in the East Bay. If arriving by car, San Francisco is well signposted, though it’s best to stick to the major routes like I-280 for as long as possible; the one-way network of roads Downtown can be devilish to navigate the first time (see p.28).

For trips to Alcatraz, the newish Alcatraz Cruises (t415/981-7625, w www .alcatrazcruises.com), runs frequently to and from the island during the day from 9am to 1.55pm, departing from Pier 33 just southeast of Fisherman’s Wharf. The last day-tour ferry returns at 4.30pm in winter, 6.30pm in summer; the night-tour ferries leave at 6.10pm and 6.50pm and return at 8.40pm and 9.25pm (day tour $24.50, night tour $31.50). Along Market Street Downtown, MUNI shares station concourses with BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; t510/465-BART or 415/9892278, wwww.bart.gov), which is the fastest way to get to the East Bay – including downtown Oakland and Berkeley – and south of San Francisco, not to mention the bustling Mission District. Tickets aren’t cheap ($1.50– 6.30 depending on how far you ride), but the service is efficient and very dependable; trains follow four routes on a fixed schedule, usually arriving every ten minutes, although fewer trains run after 8pm, which means transfers and longer waits.


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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

. | 415/461–4222 | www.marinairporter.com. Marin Door to Door. | 415/457–2717 | www.marindoortodoor.com. SamTrans. | 800/660–4287 | www.samtrans.com. South and East Bay Airport Shuttle. | 800/548–4664 | www.southandeastbayairportshuttle.com. SuperShuttle. | 800/258–3826 | www.supershuttle.com. VIP Airport Shuttle. | 408/986–6000, 800/235–8847 | www.viptransportgroup.com. BART Travel BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains, which run until midnight, travel under the bay via tunnel to connect San Francisco with Oakland, Berkeley, and other cities and towns beyond. Within San Francisco, stations are limited to downtown, the Mission, and a couple of outlying neighborhoods. Trains travel frequently from early morning until evening on weekdays. After 8 pm weekdays and on weekends there’s often a 20-minute wait between trains on the same line.

BART trains connect downtown San Francisco to San Francisco International Airport; the ride costs $8.25. Intracity San Francisco fares are $1.75; intercity fares are $3.15 to $8.50. BART bases its ticket prices on miles traveled and does not offer price breaks by zone. The easy-to-read maps posted in BART stations list fares based on destination, radiating out from your starting point of the current station. Contact Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). | 415/989-2278 | www.bart.gov. Boat and Ferry Travel Several ferry lines run out of San Francisco. Blue & Gold Fleet operates a number of routes, including service to Sausalito ($11 one-way) and Tiburon ($11 one-way). Tickets are sold at Pier 41 (between Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39), where the boats depart. Alcatraz Cruises, owned by Hornblower Yachts, operates the ferries to Alcatraz Island ($28 including audio tour and National Park Service ranger-led programs) from Pier 33, about a half-mile east of Fisherman’s Wharf ($3 shuttle buses serve several area hotels and other locations).

Precipitation is usually the heaviest between November and March. Berkeley is a university town, so the rhythm of the school year might affect your visit. It’s easier to navigate the streets and find parking near the university between semesters, but there’s also less buzz around town. Getting Here and Around BART Travel Using public transportation to reach Berkeley or Oakland is ideal. The under- and aboveground BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains make stops in both towns. Trips to either take about a half hour one-way from the center of San Francisco. Contacts BART. | 510/465–2278 | www.bart.gov. Boat and Ferry Travel For sheer romance, nothing beats the ferry; there’s service from San Francisco to Sausalito and Tiburon in Marin County, and to Alameda and Oakland in the East Bay. The Golden Gate Ferry crosses the bay to Sausalito from San Francisco’s Ferry Building (Market Street and the Embarcadero).


Lonely Planet's Best of USA by Lonely Planet

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

. (%707-935-3000, 888-490-2739; www.benziger.com; 1883 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen; tasting $15-40, tours $25-50; h10am-5pm, tram tours 11am-3:30pm; c#) S 8 INFORMATION San Francisco Visitor Information Center (Map; %415-391-2000; www.sanfrancisco.travel; Hallidie Plaza, Market & Powell Sts, lower level; h9am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 3pm Sat & Sun; jPowell-Mason, Powell-Hyde, mPowell St, ZPowell St) Provides multilingual information, sells transportation passes, publishes glossy maps and booklets, and provides interactive touch screens. 8 GETTING THERE & AWAY AIR San Francisco International Airport is 14 miles south of Downtown off Hwy 101, while Oakland International Airport (OAK; www.oaklandairport.com; 1 Airport Dr) is 15 miles east of Downtown. TRAIN Amtrak (%800-872-7245; www.amtrakcalifornia.com) trains stop at Jack London Sq in Oakland, from where Amtrak’s Thruway buses connect with San Francisco. 8 GETTING AROUND TO/FROM THE AIRPORT From a station connected to the SFO international terminal, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov; one way $8.65) is a 30-minute train ride to Downtown. An airport taxi to Downtown costs $40 to $55, plus tip. SuperShuttle (%800-258-3826; www.supershuttle.com) offers shared van rides (per person $17). Oakland International Airport (OAK) is also connected to the city by BART; to get to Downtown, change at Coliseum Station for a San Francisco/Daly City–bound train. An airport taxi costs upward of $70; SuperShuttle also operates from OAK.


Coastal California by Lonely Planet

1960s counterculture, airport security, Albert Einstein, Asilomar, back-to-the-land, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Berlin Wall, buy and hold, California gold rush, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, centre right, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, Donner party, East Village, El Camino Real, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Frank Gehry, global village, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury, haute cuisine, illegal immigration, Joan Didion, Khyber Pass, Kickstarter, Loma Prieta earthquake, low cost airline, Mason jar, McMansion, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, South of Market, San Francisco, stealth mode startup, Steve Wozniak, trade route, transcontinental railway, Upton Sinclair, urban sprawl, white picket fence, women in the workforce, working poor, Works Progress Administration, young professional, Zipcar

Coast Starlight ’s spectacular 35-hour run from Los Angeles to Seattle stops in Oakland, and the California Zephyr takes its sweet time (51 hours) traveling from Chicago through the Rockies to Oakland. Both have sleeping cars and dining/lounge cars with panoramic windows. Amtrak runs free shuttle buses to San Francisco’s Ferry Building and CalTrain station. Getting Around For Bay Area transit options, departures and arrivals, check 511 or www.511.org. To/From the Airport BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit; www.bart.gov; one-way $8.10) offers a fast, direct ride to downtown San Francisco. SamTrans (www.samtrans.com; one-way $5) express bus KX gets you to Temporary Transbay Terminal in about 30 minutes. SuperShuttle ( 800-258-3826; www.supershuttle.com; one-way $17) door-to-door vans depart from baggage-claim areas, taking 45 minutes to most SF locations. Taxis to downtown San Francisco cost $35-50.

Some of the cheaper downtown parking garages are Sutter-Stockton Garage ( 415-982-7275; cnr Sutter & Stockton Sts), Ellis-O’Farrell Garage ( 415-986-4800; 123 O’Farrell St) and Fifth & Mission Garage ( 415-982-8522; 833 Mission St), near Yerba Buena Gardens. The parking garage under Portsmouth Sq in Chinatown is reasonably priced for shorter stops; ditto for the St Mary’s Square Garage ( 415-956-8106; California St), under the square, at Grant and Kearny Sts. Daily rates range between $20 and $35. BART Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART; 415-989-2278; www.bart.gov; 4am-midnight Mon-Fri, 6am-midnight Sat, 8am-midnight Sun) is a subway system linking SFO, the Mission District, downtown, San Francisco and the East Bay. The fastest link between Downtown and the Mission District also offers transit to SF airport, Oakland ($3.20) and Berkeley ($3.75). Within SF, one-way fares start at $1.75. MUNI MUNI (Municipal Transit Agency; www.sfmuni.com) operates bus, streetcar and cable-car lines.


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

Train CalTrain ( 800-660-4287) links San Francisco to the South Bay, including Palo Alto (Stanford University) and San Jose. The CalTrain terminal (Map) is at the corner of 4th and Townsend Sts. MUNI’s N-Judah streetcar line runs to and from the CalTrain station. The nearest Amtrak ( 800-872-7245) terminals are in Emeryville and Oakland (Click here), with bus service to San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Return to beginning of chapter GETTING AROUND To/From the Airport The direct 30-minute Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART; 415-989-2278) train service runs from the airport to downtown San Francisco ($5.15), connecting to Oakland via the AirBART shuttle Click here. The express bus KX ($4, 30 minutes) and slower local bus 292 ($1.50, 50 minutes) run by SamTrans ( 800-660-4287) leave from the SFO BART station and drop you at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal (see opposite). Door-to-door shuttle vans are cheaper than cabs if you’re traveling alone.

Some of the cheaper downtown parking garages are Sutter-Stockton Garage (Map; 415-982-7275; cnr Sutter & Stockton Sts), Ellis-O’Farrell Garage (Map; 415-986-4800; 123 O’Farrell St) and Fifth & Mission Garage (Map; 415-982-8522; 833 Mission St), near Yerba Buena Gardens. The parking garage under Portsmouth Sq in Chinatown is reasonably priced for shorter stops; ditto for the St Mary’s Square Garage ( 415-956-8106; California St), under the square, at Grant and Kearny Sts. Daily rates range between $18 and $28. Public Transportation BART The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART; 415-989-2278; www.bart.gov; 4am-midnight Mon-Fri, 6am-midnight Sat, 8am-midnight Sun) is a subway system linking SFO, the Mission District, downtown, San Francisco and the East Bay. Downtown, the BART route runs beneath Market St, and it’s a quick 10-minute ride to the Mission District; take any train heading south. BART is convenient, economical and generally quite safe, although caution is required around some BART stations at night.

San Francisco’s Municipal Railway (MUNI) network includes not only buses but also historic streetcars and those famous cable cars. San Diego runs trolleys around downtown and to the Mexican border. Train In LA, the Metro is a combined network of subway and light-rail, and Metrolink commuter trains connect LA with surrounding counties. San Diego operates Coaster commuter trains along the coast between downtown and Oceanside. To get around San Francisco, the East Bay and the Peninsula, take Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) or Caltrain. The Las Vegas Strip has a monorail. Taxi Taxis are metered, with flag-fall fees of $2.50 to $3.50 to start, plus $2 to $3 per mile; they charge extra for handling baggage and sometimes for airport pick-ups. Drivers expect a 10% to 15% tip, rounded up to the next dollar. Taxis cruise the busiest areas in large cities, but if you’re anywhere else it’s easiest to order one by phone.


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The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson

"Robert Solow", air freight, anti-communist, barriers to entry, Bay Area Rapid Transit, British Empire, business cycle, call centre, collective bargaining, conceptual framework, David Ricardo: comparative advantage, deindustrialization, deskilling, Edward Glaeser, Erik Brynjolfsson, full employment, global supply chain, intermodal, Isaac Newton, job automation, Jones Act, knowledge economy, Malcom McLean invented shipping containers, manufacturing employment, Network effects, New Economic Geography, new economy, oil shock, Panamax, Port of Oakland, post-Panamax, Productivity paradox, refrigerator car, South China Sea, trade route, Works Progress Administration, Yom Kippur War, zero-sum game

The ports were suddenly full of activity. The flow of nonmilitary cargo, flat for a decade, rose by one-third between 1962 and 1965.12 Then Oakland raised the bar. The port’s ambitions centered on an area known as the Outer Harbor, bisected by an embankment that had once carried passenger trains to their terminus at a ferry landing. The Port Commission was out of money after expanding the Oakland airport, but the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, which began designing its regional rail system in 1963, came to its rescue. In return for permission to tunnel beneath port property, the rail agency agreed to clear abandoned buildings along the embankment, construct a 9,100-foot dike, and fill the enclosed area with dirt excavated in tunnel construction. Oakland designed an enormous terminal for the 140-acre site, with 12 berths, wharves 78 feet wide—wide enough to erect cranes that would straddle the dockside railroad tracks—and the ability to accommodate ships of almost any length.


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Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster by Alistair Croll, Benjamin Yoskovitz

Airbnb, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Amazon Web Services, Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, barriers to entry, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Ben Horowitz, bounce rate, business intelligence, call centre, cloud computing, cognitive bias, commoditize, constrained optimization, en.wikipedia.org, Firefox, Frederick Winslow Taylor, frictionless, frictionless market, game design, Google X / Alphabet X, Infrastructure as a Service, Internet of things, inventory management, Kickstarter, lateral thinking, Lean Startup, lifelogging, longitudinal study, Marshall McLuhan, minimum viable product, Network effects, pattern recognition, Paul Graham, performance metric, place-making, platform as a service, recommendation engine, ride hailing / ride sharing, rolodex, sentiment analysis, skunkworks, Skype, social graph, social software, software as a service, Steve Jobs, subscription business, telemarketer, transaction costs, two-sided market, Uber for X, web application, Y Combinator

Force them to choose; they can’t have everything, and you need to present them with hard alternatives (also known as discrete choices). A lot of work has gone into understanding how people make choices. “A ‘discrete’ choice,” says Berkeley professor Dan McFadden, “is a ‘yes/no’ decision, or a selection of one alternative from a set of possibilities.” His application of discrete choice modeling to estimate the adoption of San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system—which was under construction at the time of his research—earned him the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics.[149] One important conclusion from this work is that people find it easier to discard something they don’t want than to choose something they do (which feels like commitment), so a series of questions in which they are asked to discard one of two options works well. The math of choice modeling is complex.


Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America by Henry Petroski

Bay Area Rapid Transit, creative destruction, Donald Trump, intermodal, Loma Prieta earthquake, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the built environment, transcontinental railway

In 1987, as a means of commemorating the Golden Gate’s fiftieth anniversary, another Pedestrian Day was announced, but so many people showed up before the opening ceremonies that they pushed onto the bridge and pre-empted the usual political speeches. It was estimated that about a quarter-million people were crowded onto the Golden Gate at one time, thus testing it as it had never been before. The bridge, which has come to be known among engineers for its flexibility in the wind, for having been stiffened since construction, and for having been found structurally unsuitable to carry an extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system into Marin County, had the graceful arc of its center span flattened out under all the people in 1987, and there was some concern for its safety. The Golden Gate Bridge, in its dramatic setting (photo credit 5.16) It is unlikely that the centennial of the bridge will be celebrated with another uncontrolled Pedestrian Day, unless substantial structural retrofitting work is done in the meantime.


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Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy, Grant (CON) Blackwood

active measures, affirmative action, air freight, airport security, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Benoit Mandelbrot, defense in depth, failed state, friendly fire, Google Earth, Panamax, post-Panamax, Skype, uranium enrichment, urban sprawl

Where’re the best places to catch taxis or hop a cable car? Learn to feel like you live here.” “Oh, is that all?” Chavez answered that one. “No. How do the people move, how do they interact? Do they wait for Walk lights, or do they jaywalk? Do they meet one another’s eyes on the sidewalks or exchange pleasantries? How many cop cars do you see? Check for parking. Is it metered or free? Nail down the BART entrances.” “Bay Area Rapid Transit,” Clark added before Jack could ask. “Their subway.” “That’s a lot of shit to absorb.” “That’s the job,” Clark replied. “Wanna go home?” “Not on your life.” “It’s a mind-set, Jack. Change the way you see the landscape. Soldiers look for cover and ambush spots; spooks look for dead drops and surveillance boxes. Two questions you should always be asking: How would I follow somebody here, and how would I lose somebody here?”


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

Twitter (www.twitter.com) SF-based social media alerts on SF pop-up shops, food trucks, free shows and weekend recommendations from Lonely Planet authors. Yelp (www.yelp.com) Locals trade verbal fisticuffs on this San Francisco–based review site that covers shopping, bars, services and restaurants. Getting There & Away Air San Francisco International Airport (SFO; www.flysfo.com) is 14 miles south of downtown off Hwy 101 and accessible by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Bus Until the new terminal is complete in 2017, San Francisco’s intercity hub remains the Temporary Transbay Terminal (Howard & Main Sts), where you can catch buses on AC Transit (www.actransit.org) to the East Bay, Golden Gate Transit (http://goldengatetransit.org) north to Marin and Sonoma Counties, and SamTrans (www.samtrans.com) south to Palo Alto and the Pacific coast.


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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

They enjoyed them more than the traveling press, who watched on closed-circuit monitors in a room two hundred feet away, eating dry turkey sandwiches. The next day was San Francisco. The press was lectured on their plane by John Ehrlichman that McGovern should “repudiate” upcoming demonstrations that police intelligence told them were “political rather than of an antiwar nature.” The president got a tour of the spiffy control center for the new Bay Area Rapid Transit system. It was walled in by glass. The reporters watched from the other side, like gawkers at an aquarium. Then it was off to Los Angeles. Bob Hope warmed up the $1,000-a-plate crowd (“McGovern’s running out of money. Yesterday he mugged an Avon lady!”). The president told of the time he had invited a group of young musicians from Los Angeles to the White House. One of the kids told him, “You know, it’s a long way from Watts to the White House.”


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

Twitter (www.twitter.com) SF-based social media alerts on SF pop-up shops, food trucks, free shows and weekend recommendations from Lonely Planet authors. Yelp (www.yelp.com) Locals trade verbal fisticuffs on this San Francisco–based review site that covers shopping, bars, services and restaurants. Getting There & Away Air San Francisco International Airport (SFO; www.flysfo.com) is 14 miles south of downtown off Hwy 101 and accessible by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Bus Until the new terminal is complete in 2017, San Francisco’s intercity hub remains the Temporary Transbay Terminal (Howard & Main Sts) , where you can catch buses on AC Transit (www.actransit.org) to the East Bay, Golden Gate Transit (http://goldengatetransit.org) north to Marin and Sonoma Counties, and SamTrans (www.samtrans.com) south to Palo Alto and the Pacific coast.