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Cary McClelland & Richard Walker: The Dark Shadow of Tech on Bay Area
October 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$12 - $15
KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents
“The Dark Shadow of Tech on the S.F. Bay Area”
An amazingly timely discussion by experts:
Cary McClelland, author of “Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley
Richard A. Walker. author of “Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and The Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area
Hosted by Sasha Lilley
wheelchair access advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit, more info: www.kpfa.org/events
Cary McClelland is a writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and rights advocate. His book is an eye-opening portrait of San Francisco transformed by the tech boom. Famously home to artists and activists, the birthplace of the Beats, the Black Panthers, and the LGBTQ movement-in recent decades the Bay Area has been reshaped by Silicon Valley, the engine of the new American economy. The richer the region gets, the more unequal and less diverse it becomes. Cracks in the city’s facade-rapid gentrification, an epidemic of evictions, rising crime, atrophied public institutions-have started to appear. Cary McClelland spent several years interviewing people at the epicenter of the recent change, from venture capitalists and coders to politicians and protesters, from native sons and daughters to the city’s newest arrivals. We hear from people who have passed through Apple, Google, eBay, Intel, and the other big tech companies of our time. We meet those who are experiencing changes at the grassroots level: a homeless advocate in Haight-Ashbury, an Oakland rapper, a pawnbroker in the Mission, a man who helped dismantle and rebuild the Bay Bridge, and many fascinating others.
Richard A. Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography.
Sasha Lilley is the host of KPFA’s critically acclaimed program of radical ideas, Against the Grain.