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Ep. 1 - The Writing On The Wall

Photo by Jenny G. Shao
Empty roads and sidewalks in a normally bustling Castro District on Mar. 20, 2020, four days into the shelter-in-place order.


On March 17, leaders from six Bay Area counties announced a shelter-in-place policy that’s closed all but essential businesses and confined most people to their homes. Since then, we've been checking in regularly with a mix of people from all around the Bay. Together, this group sketches out how the coronavirus epidemic is already changing how we live and work.

"Then I got out of bed and ate breakfast, but then something different happened. I brushed my teeth but didn't change out of my pajamas. Was it just pajama day? No, I was being quarantined inside my house because of the coronavirus." - Sophia Mitra, 5th grader

We’ll continue to hear from them throughout the crisis.

"Only thing drivers fear now is no business. No money. Last week was one of the worst." - Larry Dulmaa, rideshare driver

Special thanks to David Boyer, Julia Llinas Goodman, Angela Johnston, Lee Romney, Joshua Sirotiak, and Sarah Lai Stirland for contributing to this story.

David Boyer is KALW's Director of Programming and former Managing Editor of KALW News. He is also the producer/host of the Murrow Award winning podcast THE INTERSECTION, which looks at our changing cities, one street corner at a time.