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The Real History of the Game of Monopoly and the SF housing crisis walking tour

Date:
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Time:
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Event Type:
Teach-In
Organizer/Author:
David Giesen
Location Details:
American Youth Hostel
312 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA

Come along on a free walking tour relating the deep history of the game of Monopoly to San Francisco's housing crisis. Mary Pilon's recently published book THE MONOPOLISTS details the origins of the Monopoly game as a protest against land speculation!

This walking tour uses a 10 minute recounting of that history to frame a tour surveying five major social movements in which San Francisco figured prominently: The Mormon Migration, the Black Panthers, the 60's-70's Generation Gap, LGBT liberation, and Occupy Wall Street.

These histories, in turn, are used to illuminate an interpretation of the current SF housing crisis. An antidote to the Monopoly syndrome--an antidote proposed in 1879--rounds off the walking tour.
Added to the calendar on Sat, Jul 25, 2015 4:43PM
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