San Francisco

UnCollege

From UnCollege to Less College

A San Francisco startup that hoped to replace college with real-world experience switches to a middle path: an intensive, post-high-school “gap year.”

SFMTA

SFMTA 'Never Considered' Paying Ransom to Hackers

The feds are investigating a demand of 100 bitcoins to release the transit agency’s encrypted files.

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One Man Scours San Francisco for the Traces of Film Noir

Brian Hollins has spent the last 16 years on the trail of movie locations all over the city.

Crack + Cider

A Pop-Up Shop for San Francisco's Homeless

This charity delivers cold-weather essentials to people on the street.

San Francisco's Muni Now Accepts... 'Magic Beans'?

A series of strange but official-looking notices are popping up on buses around the city.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Take a Smell Tour of San Francisco's Presidio Park

This weekend, sensory explorers can huff the park’s trees, dirt, “yeast,” and “wet cement.”

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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.

San Francisco Can't Escape its Past in 'Vertigo'

History haunts the city by the Bay in Hitchcock’s 1958 film.

SF Public Works

San Francisco Workers Dig Up a Relic of the 1939 World's Fair

“It’s amazing what they did in the past.”

Colin Kaepernick Murals Pop Up in the Bay Area

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

Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Seoul Searching in San Francisco

I was born in Seoul, but raised in Nebraska. I didn’t reconnect with my roots until I arrived in the Bay Area.

SFMTrA

San Francisco Makes a Guerrilla Bike Lane Permanent

Score a victory for the city’s anonymous league of cycling-safety advocates.

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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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Giving Penn Station Its Glory Back: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Wallace Roberts & Todd

Is Sustainability a Dodge for Housing in the Bay Area?

Leaders in Brisbane, California, want to prioritize sustainability—and exclude homes—in a massive new development just outside San Francisco.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Predictable Schedules Are the New $15 Minimum Wage

Following San Francisco’s lead, Seattle and New York City have introduced initiatives to regularize workers’ hours.