Finding a Place to Park | Mechanics' Institute

You are here

Finding a Place to Park
Panel discussion

Photograph of cars parked on a street

Do you know where your car is right now? Join us for a spirited panel discussion on the state of parking in San Francisco. Learn about the historic struggle between the urban grid and the automobile and how committed San Francisco is to becoming a “Transit First” city.

Panelists include historian Michael Tolle, City Planner Joshua Switsky, and SFSU Professor Jason Henderson.

Photograph of Jason HendersonJason Henderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University.  Street Fight, his recent book, examines the politics and ideological debates over mobility and urban space in San Francisco, with implications for cities throughout North America and worldwide. He teaches urban transportation, land use planning and a new course: Bicycle Geographies. He is also starting a new project on the political, cultural, and environmental history of Muni.

Photograph of Joshua SwitzkyJoshua Switzky is the Acting Director of the Citywide Planning Division of the San Francisco Planning Department, where he has been a planner and urban designer for over 12 years. He has been instrumental in development and adoption of many of the major comprehensive plans adopted by the City in the past decade, including Transbay, Market & Octavia, Rincon Hill, Treasure Island, and Parkmerced. In addition to these, he has guided major policy initiatives including overhaul of the City's off-street parking regulations and creation of design guidelines for major new development. He holds a Master of City Planning degree with a Certificate in Urban Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

Photograph of Michael TolleHistorian and Mechanics’ member Michael E. Tolle is the author of What Killed Downtown? Norristown, Pennsylvania, from Main Street to the Malls. After earning a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, he was in succession an Advisor to the Vietnamese government's refugee program, a carpentry contractor and energy conservation consultant, and most satisfyingly, a father. As circumstances allowed, Michael earned a M.A. in History at Villanova University and began teaching history at local colleges, including both Montgomery County and Delaware County Community Colleges. 


Members Free
Public $15
Register now ›
4th Floor Meeting Room
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
Register now by using the form below or calling 415-393-0101.

Future Activities

Jun 23 - 12:00pm

Virtual Tour of the Mechanics' Institute
with Librarian and Historian Taryn Edwards

Jun 24 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group

Jun 25 - 12:00pm

How to Craft a Successful Romance
with Margaux DeRoux

Jul 1 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group

Jul 8 - 11:00am

Write If You Dare!
A virtual version of our popular drop-in writing group