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How should the Bay Area tackle inequality and poverty?

On this edition of Your Call, Richard Walker returns for another discussion about Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The glittering surface of Silicon Valley doesn’t reflect the struggles of low-income people, seniors, and people of color. While a select few benefit from the area’s prosperity, everyone else grapples with a crushing housing crisis, rampant inequality, unstable jobs, and endless commutes. Why hasn’t this rising tide lifted all boats? How can we create a more equitable future?


Richard Walker, professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, chair of the campus’s California Studies Center, and author of Pictures of a Gone City

Web Resources:

New York Times: In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don’t Feel Rich

San Francisco Chronicle: Yes, median pay at Facebook really is about $240,000 a year

Santa Cruz Centinel: Why the Bay Area is the epicenter of California’s housing crisis

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.