The entire time we’re touring the University of San Francisco kitchen, which produces 4,000 meals a day for students and faculty, Fedele Bauccio holds my hand. It’s unconscious, but as he gets more excited—pointing out boxes of locally grown vegetables in the walk-in refrigerators and stopping at one of the food stations to taste the chile verde—his grip tightens.
Every September, a special kind of squatter hits the streets around the world, transforming metered parking spaces into mini parks. It's called PARK(ing) Day, and this Friday, September 18, expect to see fake grass, armchairs, planters, art—you name it, someone's got it. Everyone is encouraged to snag a coveted spot and set up shop, but remember to bring enough change for the meter (you are, after all, PARK(ing)). The project was founded by SF-based design collective Rebar, the same group that did the Panhandle band shell and is a wholly non-commercial, "open source" event. Creativity and imagination are highly encouraged. If spectating is more your thing, the project's Ning page includes a mapped of planned PARK(ing) spots here and elsewhere in the world.
photo courtesy of Radiohead
It’s that time of year when we look back, and ahead, and make those New Year’s resolutions. Before the holidays, I asked everyone in the office to share their green resolutions for the New Year, and I expected a few sighs or some eye rolling, but everyone was forthcoming and enthusiastic about their do-good goals. (You can see the list here.)
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I’m a girl who likes her jewelry—and I’m sure I get it from my grandfather, who liked to buy my grandmother diamonds. She wore them well, and I liked to try on her rings whenever they visited. Then they bought me my first dainty diamond ring when I was a teen—it was the beginning of a collection of sparkly baubles, big and small.