Author Meets Critics: Richard Walker's Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Riverview I, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Richard Walker
Chairs: Jamie Peck


The book deals with the impact of the massive economic boom and property bubble on the San Francisco Bay Area, the world center of IT and social media. The bay region is not only the US leader in innovation, but also in enrichment of the 1%, unaffordable housing, and the ideology of the tech revolution. None of these are to be celebrated, nor is the endless sprawl and rapid reconstruction of the metropolitan area, and its massive environmental impact. On the positive side, the region is a key site of the reconstitution of the US working class as majority people of color and struggles such as Occupy, Fight for $15, immigrant rights and Black Lives Matter. Yet, at the end of the day, the political legacy of the Left Coast has been badly eroded.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Jamie Peck University of British Columbia 10
Panelist Kevin Cox Ohio State University 20
Discussant Rachel Brahinsky University of San Francisco 15
Panelist Michael Storper London School of Economics - London 20
Panelist Richard Walker University of California-Berkeley 20

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