San Francisco

An Insanely Detailed, Hand-Drawn Map of San Francisco

It took illustrator Jenni Sparks three months to finish this secret-laden cartography.

Courtesy BART

How San Francisco Is Designing Its Metro Train of the Future

BART cars are about to get their first real overhaul since the system launched in 1972.

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Behold, Designs for the First Permanent Cat Cafe in the U.S.

A preview of the forthcoming KitTea cafe in San Francisco.

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It's Crucial Not to Forget That Nearly Everyone Still Drives to Work

In every urban demographic group in our State of City poll, the majority commuted by car.

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7 Charts That Show How Good Mass Transit Can Make a City More Affordable

The rent can be a little damn high, so long as the ride isn't.

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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Why Can't the United States Build a High-Speed Rail System?

The problem isn't geography, demographics, or money—it's federal will.

Matt Dellinger

What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

RBD Enterprises

City Maps Made by Judgmental Jerks

These fearlessly biased maps point out areas of "religious wackadoodles," "white guilt," and "Kardashian watchers."

CityLab

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.

Amy McGovern

The U.S. Cities With the Worst Climate Change-Related Flooding

Rising sea levels have kicked up flood days by as much as 900 percent along parts of the East Coast.

Troy Holden

'A Race Against Time' to Capture a Rapidly Changing San Francisco

After 18 years in the city, a photographer tries to preserve its disappearing faces and places. 

Flickr user Mr.TinDC

Why Higher Fares Would Be Good for Public Transit

If transit is really to thrive in the United States, agencies need to reconsider their reliance on taxpayer subsidies.

Courtesy of TransLink

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

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

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Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

Flickr/Carlos Gomez

Does San Francisco's Smart Parking System Reduce Cruising for a Space?

By most measures, yes. By one big one, maybe not.

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. 

Bridj

The Rise of Private 'Luxury' Mass Transit Buses

What will services like Bridj, Blackline, and Leap Transit mean for traditional city buses?