Richard A. Walker

Richard A. Walker


Richard A. Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 to 2012. Walker has written on a diverse range of topics in economic, urban, and environmental geography, with scores of published articles to his credit. He is coauthor of The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and has written extensively on California, including The Conquest of Bread (2004), The Country in the City (2007) and The Atlas of California (2013).








Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

SKU: 9781629635101
Author: Richard A. Walker
Publisher: PM Press/ Spectre
ISBN: 9781629635101
Published: 5/2018
Format: Paperback
Page count: 480
Subjects: Economics/Technology

Praise

“San Francisco has battened from its birth on instant wealth, high tech weaponry, and global commerce, and the present age is little different. Gold, silver, and sleek iPhones—they all glitter in the California sun and are at least as magnetic as the city’s spectacular setting, benign climate, and laissez-faire lifestyles. The cast of characters changes, but the hustlers and thought-shapers eternally reign over the city and its hinterland, while in their wake they leave a ruined landscape of exorbitant housing, suburban sprawl, traffic paralysis, and delusional ideas about a market free enough to rob the majority of their freedom. Read all about it here, and weep.”
—Gray Brechin, author of Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin

“Too many studies of cities dwell on their peculiarities; this fascinating book balances the dramatic story of the Bay Area against a profound understanding of urbanization. It eschews a descriptive narrative in favor of hard-hitting critical analysis. The book is not only about the inherently contradictory development of the San Francisco region, but also about where it stands in relation to the rest of the United States, even the world and why it matters so much. No one but Richard Walker combines such an intimate knowledge of one city with the theoretical insights necessary to make sense of it.”
—Kevin Cox, author of The Politics of Urban and Regional Development and the American Exception

“Debunking the Horatio Alger promotional blather of self-flattering tech moguls, the real Bay Area comes into view, based on nurses and teachers, drivers and clerks, homeless and the desperate. Real estate bubbles have given way to tech bubbles which have given way to housing bubbles, and now have given way to a chimerical prosperity that is as fragile as any of the prior ones.”
—Chris Carlsson, San Francisco historian and cofounder of Critical Mass

“Walker has given us a brilliantly accessible and fact-laden political economy of the San Francisco Bay Area—America’s richest and fastest changing metropolis. Pictures of a Gone City explains both the miracle of Silicon Valley and the heavy price, in growing inequality, unaffordability, and environmental impact, that the Bay Area is paying for it.”
—Wendy Brown, author of Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution

“With Pictures of a Gone City, California’s greatest geographer tells us how the Bay Area has become the global center of hi-tech capitalism. Drawing on a lifetime of research, Richard Walker dismantles the mythology of the New Economy, placing its creativity in a long history of power, work, and struggles for justice.”
—Jason W. Moore, author of Capitalism in the Web of Life



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december, 2022

06dec7:00 pm8:30 pmLibertarian Nightmares with Raymond B. Craib and Richard A. WalkerAuthor Events:Raymond Craib,Richard Walker

07dec3:30 pm5:00 pmRaymond B. Craib and Richard A. Walker on Adventure Capitalism at the UC Berkeley Department of Geography ColloquiumAuthor Events:Raymond Craib,Richard Walker


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