Ferry Building

The blocky Vaillancourt Fountain near San Francisco's Ferry Building has been controversial since its installation in the 1970s. One issue that's dogged the fountain for decades? It's often dry. Listener Ingrid Roseborough wrote to Hey Area wondering why. Click the player above the hear the answer. 

Today's local band calls themselves Mad Noise. They also call themselves “an identity crisis with rhythm.” Mad Noise plays for tips, they prefer to call it “busking”, every Saturday morning at the Farmers Market outside of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. Unlike most bands, they start at 8am, not 8pm!

On the last Friday evening of every month, the streets of hundreds of cities around the world are transformed. The cars, trucks, and busses that usually dominate the landscape slow down – because they are overwhelmed by bicycles. In San Francisco, cyclists from all over the city, the Bay Area, and sometimes the world come together at the foot of Market Street.