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News, Feature Spinning Its Wheels: Critical Mass' Long Ride from Relevance

Spinning Its Wheels: Critical Mass' Long Ride from Relevance

Illustration by Audrey Fukuman. The whirring of thousands of bicycle chains is a magical sound. And, not so long ago in the grand scheme of things, thousands whirred up Market Street. Male cyclists were dressed as ladies. Bikes were…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Changing Landscape

The Changing Landscape

You might not realize it sipping coffee at 16th and Valencia, but that intersection was almost turned into an eight-lane freeway. And while you can’t see the tracks anymore, the strange diagonal patterns of several S.F. streets accommodate the rail…
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Calendar, Night&Day Striking Data

Striking Data

The history of protest in San Francisco is a hippie thing, right? Age of Aquarius, war demonstrations, flowers stuck into the ends of soldiers’ rifles, stuff like that? Guess again. It started in the 19th century with organized labor protests.…
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News, The Snitch NY Judge's Ruling Won't Keep Critical Mass Riders Home. Rain Will.

NY Judge's Ruling Won't Keep Critical Mass Riders Home. Rain Will.

It's the last Friday of the month, and you know what that means: It's your penultimate socially acceptable opportunity to get drunk in February. That, and Critical Mass. Tonight's will be the first Critical Mass bicycle event since a mid-month…
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News, The Snitch Do Anti-Climate Change Protesters Favor Filling The Bay With Garbage?

Do Anti-Climate Change Protesters Favor Filling The Bay With Garbage?

Over the weekend, hundreds of San Franciscans flocked to Justin Herman Plaza to join protesters in 181 countries urging United Nations negotiators to push for greenhouse gas reductions. Around 100 cyclists donned snorkels and other water-themed costumes to show that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Joe Hill Don't Live Here Anymore

Joe Hill Don't Live Here Anymore

The working class? What's that? At this point, the working class lives elsewhere, we're pretty sure. It can't afford to live in San Francisco, and according to the master plan of big business, not in the U.S., either, as we…
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Calendar, Night&Day Homegrown Tomatoes v. Injustice

Homegrown Tomatoes v. Injustice

If you ride a bicycle, grow a garden, or enjoy your friends, you may already be an anarchist. D.I.Y. philosopher Chris Carlsson makes this point in a much more intelligent way in his new book Nowtopia, a cheerful, overeducated tribute…
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