Oakland

John Metcalfe

Here's Your Wine Menu, Tonight's Specials, and Song Playlist

Restaurants in San Francisco are adding music to the list of nightly menus they produce for patrons.

Take a San Francisco Gentrification Quiz from 1985

Signs that your neighborhood has become upscale: computer stores, needlepoint boutiques... exotic-bird shops?

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The Bay Area's Worst Bike Ride Is Also Its Best

This ride's for you (if you like hulking seafaring machines and a Superfund site).

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Gelatinous Sea Creatures Storm San Francisco

Squishy, intergalactic-looking "hydroid polyps" have washed up on beaches by the thousands.

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Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

John Metcalfe

My Hunt for the Next Four Loko

The corner stores near my home in Oakland, California, carry the craziest, cheapest alcoholic beverages I've ever seen. So I decided to try them all. 

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The U.S. Cities That Sprawled the Most (and Least) Between 2000 and 2010

Two maps and six charts take sprawl rankings to another level.

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Stop Petting Strangers' Dogs

It's not just for your own protection, dummy.

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The Golden Gate Bridge Could've Had a Submerged 'Boat Tunnel'

Anybody see any problems with this weird underwater design?

John Metcalfe

In San Francisco This Weekend, Lines Stretched Around the Block for a Nicolas Cage-Themed Art Show

The exhibit next heads to Los Angeles, and then all over the world (well, maybe).

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The Scary Things You Learn From 23 Years of Oakland Police Records

A new website is putting the Department under a microscope. They don't come out looking so good.

MIT Media Lab

A Gorgeous Map of San Francisco's Independent Coffee Shops

How "walkable coffee shops" might foster a better sense of community.

Peter Dunn

Visualizing the Bay Area's Transit Systems by Commute Time

A time-scale transit map shows how long it takes to get around on Muni, BART, and the Caltrain.

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Nothing About This Year's Winter Weather Patterns Is Likely to Change Any Time Soon

Expect unusual East Coast cold and West Coast heat to "remain in place through most of the remainder of March."

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San Francisco Ponders Rainbow-Colored Crosswalks

The Castro neighborhood is about to get a lot more festive.

The Severity of California's Terrible Drought, in One Image

After months of extremely dry weather, a Sacramento-area lake has pulled a massive disappearing act.

This 80s Instructional Video Makes Being a Bus Driver Seem Pretty Crazy

Scenarios that play out like a made-for-TV film.

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Now You Can Experience the Nasty Stench of Cities Throughout History

Sniffing around a new Bay Area exhibit devoted to the smells of places from the modern day to the Middle Ages.

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An Energy-Efficient House Could Be Built From the Bay Bridge's Scraps

One man's unusual proposal to recycle some of the 58,209 tons of bridge steel currently being dismantled.