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Forging Layered Trails of History

The San Francisco Bay Trail runs by the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond’s Marina Park. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons. Most trails in the Bay Area have stories to tell, with histories that deepen our experience of the land we walk on. The trai …

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New Delta Carbon Market Could Boost Bay Area Water Security

A tractor works in a subsided corn field on Staten Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy in California. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area get their water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, b …

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Road to Recovery

LAVTA suspended fare collection at the beginning of the pandemic to minimize contact between drivers and riders. Photo courtesy LAVTA. After adapting to hardships driven by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Bay Area’s small transit agencies are s …

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A New Definition of Home Equity: Healthy Housing for All

The BayREN Energy Atlas allows online users to view energy consumption as data visualization maps. Screenshot from bayarea.energyatlas.ucla.edu. Many Bay Area residents are addressing climate change by altering their purchasing habits, driving electric …

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Adjusting Routines

Making democracy — and deliciousness — work. Photo by Alec MacDonald. End-of-year holidays are upon us, although the season doesn’t feel so festive under our current pandemic circumstances. Yet while the social gatherings typical for this time of year …

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Lockstep with Nature

Outdoor recreation has been key to veteran Maury Argento overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Photo by Bhavya Thyagarajan Photography. United States Army veteran Maury Argento prefers to get her exercise outside. Sometimes she hike …

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Cattle Ponds Double as Habitat for Threatened Amphibians

Resource conservationists prepare to survey wildlife in a livestock pond in Eastern Alameda County. Photo courtesy the Natural Resources Conservation Service. When ecologist Jackie Charbonneau learned that cattle ponds in the East Bay hills are vital t …

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Word on the Slow Street: Cities Explore Extending Programs

Slow streets programs in places like San Francisco have created new and safer walking and bicycling opportunities. Photo courtesy SFMTA. Bay Area kids are biking without traffic interruption, pavement has become a gateway for social connection, and ori …

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Healing the Planet, One Plate at a Time

Jo Lerma-Lopez and other local chefs promoted plant-based cooking for Holiday reFresh, one of the online events in Acterra’s Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet program that seeks to decrease the carbon footprint of food. Photo courtesy Acterra. The COVID-19 …

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Weathering the Storms

The phrase “perfect storm” gets tossed around a lot, often incorrectly. But it feels appropriate now, as we struggle through a COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged public health and the economy, leading up to a politically charged election, during a time …

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