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Where Foam Bans Stand in the Fight for Zero Waste

San Franciscans are clashing over whether to eliminate foam-based items like packing peanuts and egg cartons, or to recycle them.  

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Kayakers Spot Humpback Whales Hunting Off Alcatraz Island

The unusual frenzy of whales bursting from the waves lasted at least 45 minutes.


An 'Unprecedented' Number of Whales Pop Up Near San Francisco

Their fecundity might be due to a developing La Niña.

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Oakland Go-Kart Rider Makes a Heroic Dash From the Police

This “is how we do it in the Town.”

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Could Supervised Injections Help San Francisco's Homeless Drug Users?

Cities across the U.S. are pondering legalized, sterile street-drug injection sites to fight the overdose epidemic.

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Why a Running Club for the Homeless Is Heading to San Francisco

The nonprofit Back on My Feet, which promotes jogging routines to help stabilize the lives of homeless people, will launch in the Bay Area in the fall.

Dann Petty

A Gorgeous, Dreamlike Tribute to San Francisco's Fog

Step into a world of ghostly shapes and meditative music with Hey Karl.

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San Francisco Deduces the Exact Center of the City, for Some Reason

It took satellites and a $35,000 gadget to mark the geographic center, which is almost certainly wrong.


Mapping the Hidden Patterns of Urban Life

Terrapattern collects visually similar features from satellite images into one searchable platform. 


A San Francisco Building Sends Out Coded Messages About Displacement

Artists get a chance to reminisce about leaving the city in a new public installation.


San Francisco's Public Transit App Will Let You Rate Your Commute

Soon riders will be able to grade their journeys—and the etiquette of fellow passengers.

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Huge, Wind-Propelled 'Strandbeests' Arrive in San Francisco

The kinetic sculptures are part sailboat, part stick insect, and seemingly possessed with animal intelligence.

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Slapping a Reservation Fee on Public Park Space Will Never Work

The life and death of a pilot program in San Francisco’s Dolores Park shows that the cringeworthy idea was doomed from the start.

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Invasive Asian Sea Slugs Are Discovered in San Francisco for the First Time

Dendronotus orientalis nudibranchs likely hitched a ride to California in ballast water.

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A Community-Minded Approach to Resilience in Berkeley

The Bay Area city hopes that strengthening neighborhood bonds will help the community bounce back from a disaster.

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Playgrounds for All

The success of “joint use” programs in San Francisco and New York shows the benefits of opening schoolyards up to the local community.

Catharine Axley

Counting the Dead in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

A librarian has made it her mission to correct the death toll.

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The Diverging Economies of L.A. and San Francisco

A conversation with Michael Storper, the author of a new book on why San Francisco has outperformed L.A. in recent decades.