This tour will touch on larger themes of history and social justice, infrastructure and ecology, and climate change and resilience along San Francisco’s Market Street. Learn about historic buildings, hidden tunnels, buried ships, the language of street paint, secret messages from fire hydrants, an investigation of the city’s former coastal edge—and more!
Are you curious about the energy coursing through the posts and cables high above your head? Do you wonder what is happening underneath the sidewalk, right below your feet? Have you longed to decipher the cryptic symbols painted boldly on the street? This tour of Market Street hosted by the Better Market Street design team from San Francisco Public Works will reveal the fascinating stories behind the everyday objects often overlooked by the casual pedestrian.
The walking tour will begin at UN Plaza, and will continue north, stopping along the way to hear from storytellers and subject matter experts. The tour will touch on larger themes of history, social justice, infrastructure and ecology, and climate change and resilience through stops at designated street corners to compare historic images with present day views, discussion of the prohibition corridors built to smuggle alcohol and later used during the gay rights movements as escape tunnels during bar raids, an introduction to the lexicon of street paint, secret messages from fire hydrants, an investigation of the city’s former coastal edge—and more! At the conclusion of the tour, the group will gather at the Ferry Building for further conversation and refreshments (tour participants will purchase their own refreshments).
Tour leaders from San Francisco Public Works Better Market Street Design team will be available to answer participants' questions about what was discussed on the tour, and about what is planned for the future of Market Street.