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Friday, June 10, 2011

Mission District Walking Tour Takes You Through the Radical 1970s

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM

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Local historian Chris Carlsson loves San Francisco, and has spent a long time studying it. At this point, he knows so much awesome stuff about the city, he wants to tell you about it! And show it to you!

He's most interested in times and places people have been hella into equality -- they're the ones who made us famous for being freak-flag fliers, or dirty hippies, or the city that'll protest anything, or gaytown, or name your reason you like it here. Murals, divine food, clean air and water, Pride -- a lot of it came from work done in the years between 1968 and 1978, by young people in bellbottom pants and long hair. Carlsson's new anthology, Ten Years that Shook the City, tells those stories, and today is the first day to take his walking tour. Using QR-code-enabled plaques and your smartphone at 24 locations, the tour lets you walk around and listen to what was up back then. Here are some pictures of what was up back then; we hope they freak you out in a groovy way.

This rebel is part of what was up at 3269 22nd St. at Bartlett -- the Nicaraguan liberation movement was fly. - NINA SERRANO
  • Nina Serrano
  • This rebel is part of what was up at 3269 22nd St. at Bartlett -- the Nicaraguan liberation movement was fly.

"The Department of the Army reported that the number of 'acts of insubordination, mutiny, and willful disobedience' increased from 252 in 1968 to 382 in 1970 and then to 450 in 1971, according to the New York Times." - STEPHEN REES
  • Stephen Rees
  • "The Department of the Army reported that the number of 'acts of insubordination, mutiny, and willful disobedience' increased from 252 in 1968 to 382 in 1970 and then to 450 in 1971, according to the New York Times."

Hippies. Urban farming. Get it? - VICKY POLLACK
  • Vicky Pollack
  • Hippies. Urban farming. Get it?

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