Past Meetings – 2017

  • Notes from a Housing Laboratory: San Francisco’s Post-1920 Residential Architecture

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    James Dixon gave a dynamic, richly informed talk about San Francisco’s residential housing styles from 1920 to the present. In addition to describing the housing styles themselves, he explored the historical, cultural, and architectural influences that produced them. He also gave us an architect’s understanding of the workmanship the styles called for. He was not shy about evaluating them. He spoke for close to 90 minutes, then stayed to answer questions. When the evening was over, we had enjoyed a college-level seminar from a brilliant professor, without the homework and exams.


  • Two-part program: (1) BART Update, with Nick Josefowitz; (2) The Bay Area’s Housing Crisis, with Corey Smith

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Nick Josefowitz came to SHARP in September 2014, when he was running for election to the BART Board of Directors. Among other things, he said that BART should be a “world class transportation” system. He won the election. Now he returned to present a progress report.

    Corey Smith, a new staff member at the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), spoke about the housing crisis in the Bay Area—the importance of it, its history, and solutions to it.  SFHAC “advocates for the creation of well-designed, well-located housing, at all levels of affordability. . . .”  SHARP is a member of SFHAC.


  • San Francisco in the Age of Trump: a Look Ahead with Ben Tulchin

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Ben Tulchin, one of the city’s foremost political pollsters and consultants, was supposed to speak about how the Trump presidency is likely to affect San Francisco.  Instead, Tulchin spent most of his time reviewing the national election in November, explaining how and why the Democrats lost the Presidency and made only minimal gains in Congress. Tulchin briefly reviewed the November election in California and, equally briefly, looked ahead to what California and San Francisco can expect in the age of Trump.


  • The Golden Ages of Sicily

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    In two golden periods a millennium and a half apart, Sicily led western civilization. First as part of ancient Greece and Rome, then as part of the medieval Arabic-Norman empire, Sicily pioneered history, psychology, art, ethics, society, governance, and literature. A uniquely gifted guide explored those eras of Sicilian civilization with us. Douglas Kenning is a classical scholar and president of Sicily Tour, a company that offers tours of the island with an emphasis on its history and culture. Kenning’s lively, insightful, and richly illustrated talk captured the beauty and significance of a brilliant, important place, the repository of some of the most impressive structures and artifacts of the foundations of western civilization. And we served cannoli. . . .