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A Path Toward Protecting DIY Spaces

In the aftermath of a warehouse fire in Oakland, artists nationwide aim to keep their buildings open and secure.

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After a Tragedy, Reckoning With Oakland's Affordability Crisis

A devastating warehouse fire has made it clear that the city has failed to support its artist community.

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The Urban Playground That Builds Kids' Brains

An Oakland park is promoting literacy through fun.

How an Arts Space in Oakland Bounced Back

A virtual-reality tour of the California city’s resilient art and music scene.

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San Francisco, Oakland Have the Worst Roads in the U.S.

Lousy street conditions are costing Bay Area motorists almost $1,000 a year, asserts a new report.

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A Gamer Spent 200 Hours Building an Incredibly Detailed Digital San Francisco

This might be the most realistic video-game version of the city in existence.

Colin Kaepernick Murals Pop Up in the Bay Area

The controversial 49ers quarterback gets some love from local artists.

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Pigeons Take a Ride on the BART Train

Too lazy to fly?

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Oakland's Fruitvale Station Is Unofficially Renamed After a Police Shooting Victim

Somebody is “updating” BART maps with stickers honoring Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man killed by cops in Oakland.

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Anonymous San Franciscans Are Making Renegade Bike Lanes

After two cyclists were killed in hit-and-runs on the same day, the SFMTrA grabbed traffic cones and took action.

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A Street Light Installation Reveals Train Traffic Under San Francisco's Streets

A nearly 2-mile-long installation would visualize the real-time passage of underground trains.

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With Youth Suicides Up, the Golden Gate Bridge Implements Crisis Texting

The number of suicidal youth coming to the bridge has increased five-fold in recent years.

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It Looks Like the Soda Tax Paid Off in Berkeley

Consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks dipped 21 percent after a tax was enacted, a new study finds.

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The Bay Area Takes the Fight to Elevator Urinators

BART is installing a new kind of anti-pee floor coating, as well as a “bacteria-eating enzyme misting system.”

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California's Light Pollution Fades Away in This Star-Dazzled Film

Lost in Light gradually transports you from light-blighted cities to sanctuaries for star-gazing.

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San Francisco Wants You to Design Its Future Transit System

The city is asking for ideas on where to build future subway lines.

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A Drunken, Heartfelt Tribute to San Francisco's Unwanted Pianos

Piano Pound’s creator calls the free instruments a symbolic manifestation of decisions that current Bay Area residents face.”

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What Are License-Plate Readers Good For?

Automatic plate-readers catch few terrorists or violent criminals, but do plenty of harm to low-income communities of color.