A Book Talk with Richard Walker on Pictures from a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the SF Bay Area

RICHARD WALKER, Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012 and served at various times as Chair of Geography, Global Metropolitan Studies, and California Studies will discuss his new book Pictures from a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the SF Bay Area (PM Press).

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism – the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth for the Silicon Gold Rush. It generates jobs, spawns innovation, and spreads ideas that changes lives. So, what could be wrong?

Spanning economics, urban design, politics, and the environment, Walker provides a profoundly historical approach to illuminate the basic crisis and contradictions of the Bay Area. While capitalism is at its most dynamic and innovative times in the San Francisco Bay Area, Walker will present how it is a site of severe inequality with failing public policies and infrastructure. Thus, Walker calls for the Bay Area to reclaim its radical roots!

Thursday, November 8 at 11:40am to 1:15pm

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