Walkers are ‘practitioners of the city,’ for the city is made to be walked. A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities.
― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
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The San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project is designed to be walked. In 2011, during a period of low mental health, the act of walking & of being alone in the crowd was a source of comfort and stability to me. As I walked the city, taking photos as I went, the subjects of my photography narrowed until the I settled on a single subject - old advertising signs. And the San Francisco Ghost Sign Mapping Project was born.

Walking continues to be an important part of the project and I try to lead as many tours as possible every spring/summer. While the arc of development trends is best viewed via the map, seeing them in situ is important to fully absorbing the weight of this historio-geographic lens. Tours are generally on Saturday mornings, start and end at the Powell Street cable car turnaround, winding their weigh through the Tenderloin over the course of two hours.

The 2019 Tenderloin Walking Tour Schedule is as follows:

11am-1pm, $15 per person, rain or shine, Powell Street cable car turnaround

May 11th, May 18th, June 8th, June 15th, July 13th, July 20th, August 10th, and Sept 21st

Tickets available on Eventbrite