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Social Media Map of the Day: Tweets by 'Hood, Rendered Topographically

Where people Tweet in San Francisco, New York City, and Istanbul.

John Metcalfe

The Bay Area Survived Its First Morning Without a Metro

The BART strike made for a crowded commute, but not a nightmare.

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Overcoming the 'Ick' Factor in Urban Composting

Simplifying both the message and the process has worked wonders for San Francisco.

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San Francisco Bay Area Braces for a Transit Strike

The city's notoriously tough commutes are about to get a lot harder.

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San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.

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A Major Moment for Gay Rights

Crowds gathered at San Francisco's City Hall and outside the U.S. Supreme Court to watch and then celebrate today's landmark rulings.

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It's About to Get Much Easier to Dig Up Your Apartment's Deep, Dark Secrets

Track down a building's code violations, noise complaints, or that nagging history of chemical contamination.

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In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.

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How Your Online Burrito Review Could Help Standardize Municipal Data

Yelp's effort to publish restaurant health safety inspections is just the second time cities have attempted to communicate valuable information in a common language.

You Know You Want to Play These Risk-Style Games of 'Urban Domination'

Havoc Boards apply the classic competition for world conquest to ten different cities.

The Atlantic Cities

Somebody in San Francisco's Public Works Department Is Awesome

A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.

Amanda Durbin

The Melancholy Beauty of San Francisco's Street Mattresses

"There could be rotting flesh and feces on a mattress," says photographer Amanda Durbin, "and I'd still snap a photo before I called the authorities."

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CSAs Aren't Just for Veggies Anymore

A handful of community-supported fisheries are popping up across the country.

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Can You Spot the Hidden Parking Garage on This San Francisco House?

Hint: Think of Transformers.

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The Biggest Obstacle to Cycling's Egalitarian Aspirations? Distance

Biking as a class issue isn't going away; on the contrary, it's just beginning.

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The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.

Matthew Picton

These Funky 3D Paper Maps Bring a City's History to Life

Artist Matthew Picton evokes specific historical events or time periods with the art, text, even paper he chooses to use.

Colin Selig

Sustainable, Stylish Furniture Made From Cut-Up Propane Tanks

Using a plasma cutter, Colin Selig makes couches that would make Hank Hill jump with joy.

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What's the Difference Between a Shady Hotelier and an Airbnb Host?

A question in dire need of a legal answer.