San Francisco

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

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Where You Don't Have to Feel Bad If You're a 40-Year-Old Renter

Even with a family.

Reuters

No, Ride-Sharing Is Not the Death of Public Transportation

It helps cities cut car ownership, and it might even support a broader transit network.

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Animated Retrospectives of the Day: Watch Iconic Skylines Emerge Before Your Eyes

Corporate real estate data offer unexpectedly riveting views into the past. 

A Love Letter to the Fog of San Francisco

Clouds, more beautiful than you've ever seen them before.

137 World Landmarks in One Picture, and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

The Bay Area's Jenny Odell creates maddeningly complex sets of similar structures, like stadiums, nuclear plants and cargo ships.

The Best (and First?) Sci-Fi Novel Ever Set in a Wastewater Treatment Plant

An "ancient evil" has awoken in the Bay Area and is making life hell for sewage workers, according to a new novel by a real-life sewage professional.

YouTube

Allow This 1960s Folk Sextet to Sell You on the Virtues of the ZIP Code

The mailing system was born 50 years ago this week. Here's how the Post Office sold it to the country.

Yelp

A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

Courtesy of Twitter

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.

The Atlantic Cities

San Francisco's City Hall Is Now a Technicolor Rainbow

Never has a hub of governance looked so fabulous.

Reuters

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.