Odds & Ends

It’s always exciting to run across other people’s walk-every-street projects. Actually, I’ve been reading Eric Fischer’s blog for awhile because he often talks about walking and neighborhoods; now he’s started his walk of every street in San Francisco.

In his blog, Eric also pointed out a couple of recent walking articles that I had missed: A New York magazine article discussing walking and longevity, and a series of articles in the New York Times about “what might be called long walking, regularly walking 20, 40 or 60 blocks to work, school or appointments.” Both of these are very interesting reads.

Last year, around the 1906 San Francisco earthquake centennial, I did a fair amount of reading on early San Francisco life. Some of my favorite reading was about the various odd characters, so I was pleased to run across the recently published Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley. I haven’t read it yet, but the chapter titles look enticing, such as “John E. Boyd: The Boss Baggage Buster of Beautiful Berkeley” and “Henry S. Peterson and the Berkeley Lawn Mower Invention.” Berkeley Public Library doesn’t seem to have this on order yet, but I submitted a suggestion for the title.

Also in the new books department: Inkworks Press, which I mentioned in my post awhile back about Worker Cooperatives, has a new book showing over 400 photos of some of the posters it has printed since the cooperative was founded in 1974. If you’re in Berkeley, you can buy the book, Visions of Peace and Justice, at Inkworks Press on 7th Street (between Heinz and Grayson). Berkeley Public has a reference-only copy of the book at the main library.

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