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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 Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.