Dispatches

An informal get-together among participants at the first Community of Writers, in 1970. From left: Marilyn Hill (UC Extension), Oakley Hall, and Blair Fuller. The Community of Writers marks its 50th anniversary this year.
TOM LIPPERT
LIFE AND LETTERS

Community of Writers Turns 50

Writer Alex Espinoza finds that being surrounded by others engaged in the same pursuit only makes him better at his craft. 

“Walk for your lives!”
ELLIS ROSEN
CARTOONS

Altatude Summer 2020

If brevity is the soul of wit but a picture is worth a thousand words, are these cartoons short and sweet or horribly verbose? Some questions may not be worth delving into. 

The stainless steel Vessel coffee cup is one of several reusable ones being tested.
ANDREA D’AGOSTO
WHAT NEXT

Bring Your Own Cup

The single-use coffee cup is going the way of plastic bags and plastic straws: slowly but surely out of fashion.

Huib Petersen with a crocheted shawl.
LYDIA W. LEE
STITCHERS

SF Men’s Knitting Community

A rare fraternity in a female-dominated sphere, SF Men Knit helps men get crafty.

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard at his Tin Shed blacksmith shop in Ventura, California.
TIM DAVIS
PURSUITS

Yvon Chouinard Tells Some Stories

Looking back on avalanches survived, the glories of backcountry skiing, and the golden age of Yosemite rock climbing, the Patagonia founder argues for a life of adventure.

Residents of the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill neighborhoods created a tax-supported nonprofit and transformed a once desolate area bordering train tracks into a drought-tolerant, landscaped parkland.
CHRISTIE HEMM KLOK
PARKS AND REC

It Just Got Easier Being Green

Desperate for more parks, some San Francisco residents taxed themselves and created the country’s first green benefit district.

For many drivers, a common place to see the bells is along California highway 101 or 82, or El Camino Real; this gold-painted bell sits in front of San Bruno City Hall.
CHRIS HARDY
MAIL BAG

Bells Controversy Rings Loud

Alta readers share passionate responses to Marcela Davison Avilés’s article on a onetime tourist campaign that recalls California’s checkered missionary past.

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