Boom-bust. Starting with the Gold Rush in 1849, the Bay Area has experienced dramatic up-and-down cycles that generate tremendous new wealth for some and trouble for others. Exhibit A is the current tech boom. KQED’s “Boomtown” series seeks to identify not only what is happening in real time in this boom but drawing out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

Hundreds of protestors in red T-shirts hold red and yellow picket signs outside of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Workers at Oakland Children's Hospital Stage 1-Day Strike, Demanding Better Working Conditions and Services

Mayor, Business Groups Line Up to Fight S.F. Tech Tax Proposal

S.F. Planning Panel Approves 'Beast on Bryant' Development

Tenants on S.F.'s Market Street Fight Major Ellis Act Eviction

Oakland City Council Approves New Affordable Housing Impact Fee

The Most Expensive Homes in the Bay Area

More Teachers Can't Afford to Live Where They Teach

What's Behind Zynga's Decision to Put Its Shiny HQ Up for Sale?

Housing Protesters Shut Down Oakland Business Summit