San Francisco

John Metcalfe

The Bay Lights Finally Turn On, and the Results Are Fantastic

For the next two years, San Francisco will get to stare at a shimmering, ever-changing galaxy of lights on the Bay Bridge.

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If You Tried to See the Bay Lights from Treasure Island, You Are Probably Angry Right Now

People who traveled east of San Francisco to view the Bay Lights could see nothing but cold rain and horrible traffic.

The 8 Most Intriguing Finalists From the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge

Five winners will be announced this spring, but these ideas stand out above the rest.

A World Class Theater Designed Like a Community Meeting Space

The new SFJAZZ center in San Francisco drew its inspiration from spaces like Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Chicago.

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How Flight Delays Spread From Airport to Airport Like a Disease

Air travel congestion can quickly spread from a few cities to a whole network.

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This Name That Neighborhood Game Will Distract You All Afternoon

So you think you know your city?

A Taxi Service Where Payment Is Optional

Sidecar hopes to compete with Uber by using part-time drivers and letting riders decide what to pay. Will it work?

Joe Flood

How to Build a Better Bike Lane (and Get More People Out on Bikes)

More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."

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The Scary Truth About Climate Change: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Do Big City Drivers Actually Have It Worse?

The latest look at how much time American commuters spend in traffic, and the methodology problems that come along with it.

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Wikipedia Nearby Is Basically a List of Interesting Things Near You

The fruits of Wikimedia's new GeoData extension.

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Baltimore vs. San Francisco, a Stupid Allegory Waiting to Happen

The gritty Ravens take on the laid-back 49ers.

These 8 Cities Have America's Crummiest Winters

Celebrate this awful time of year by thinking about the cities that have it even worse.

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This Is How You Respond to Bigoted Bus Ads

An ad campaign targeting transit in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington corrects a few misinterpretations of the word "Jihad."

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Is San Francisco Really America's Next Title Town?

Despite the success of this season, the city has a ways to go before joining the superstar ranks of Boston or Green Bay.

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The Separation of Church and Parking

Downtown San Francisco is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate over whether cities can still afford to not charge for parking on Sundays.

Mapping the Almost-Real City

Hobbyist mapmaker Andrew Lynch is fascinated by what nearly was.

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Finding Beauty in the Hypnotic Sound of Police Scanners

A window into the steady rhythm of first responders in a major city.

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Traveling the Entire Length of California by Local Transit

A new state rail map shows that it can be done — should you be crazy enough to try it.