I was 14 or 15 when I started rooftopping. It’s a form of urbexing, or urban exploring, where you discover the most stunning, vertigo-inducing view — either by sitting on the edge of a skyscraper or climbing up a construction crane.
Oakland has potential, and people don’t even bother thinking of it like that.
This event was called Civics Day, and was put on by a national non-profit organization called Generation Citizen. The goal of the event was to engage young people in civics and empower them to become effective citizens.
Youth Radio poet and artist Kyle Lamberson talks about the unnatural elements of his surroundings, and how he feels more at home in a simple, primal environment.
Listen to Shyra Gums talk about Oakland, in an audio collage featured in the Oakland Museum of California.
I feel a lot of sorrow when I think about you. It’s disheartening to see your abandoned buildings and ghost filled neighborhoods, your gang filled streets.
Silicon Valley may be the financial center of the tech industry, but lately San Francisco is earning a reputation as the heart and soul of it. Tech workers who don’t want to live in the Valley’s sprawling suburbs have migrated northward. And hundreds of tech-related businesses have set up shop in San Francisco too. But the culture of tech that’s taking hold in the city hasn’t come without controversy.