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Metro Talks: Conversation with John King, SF Chronicle Urban Design Critic

Thursday, December 14, 2023 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

As part of the Metro Talks speaker series at the Bay Area Metro Center,  join a conversation with John King, San Francisco Chronicle's Urban Design Critic and two-time Pulitzer finalist, about his latest book, Portal: San Francisco's Ferry Building and the Reinvention of American Cities

Conceived in the Gilded Age, the Ferry Building opened in 1898 as San Francisco’s portal to the world — the terminus of the transcontinental railway and a showcase of civic ambition. In silent films and World’s Fair postcards, nothing said “San Francisco” more than its soaring clocktower. But as John King recounts in Portal, the rise of the automobile and double-deck freeways severed the city from its beloved structure and its waterfront — a connection that required generations to restore. Now this iconic structure faces the challenge of sea level rise.

John will be interviewed by Jeff Wood, Principal of the Overhead Wire and Talking Headways Podcast. The conversation will be turned into a Talking Headways podcast.

Register for this free event hosted by the Bay Area Regional Collaborative.

Please arrive early to sign in! Talk starts at 5:30pm. Reception and book signing to follow until 7:30pm.

375 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States

375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105