San Francisco


California's New Weapon Against Wildfires Is a Flame-Throwing 'Heli-Torch'

It contains the blaze by destroying tinder in areas firefighters have trouble reaching.

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What If San Francisco Renamed Its Roads After Start-Ups?

Head straight on Dropbox Street, turn left on Aravo Solutions, and look for the Lyft Embarcadero.

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San Francisco's Humble Request to Luxury Developers: Pitch in for Public Transit

A new impact fee asks residential towers to pay their fair share.


An Eye-Opening Flight Over California's Depleted Reservoirs

It’s pretty bleak below.

The World’s Leading Startup Cities

Challengers to Silicon Valley include New York, L.A., Boston, Tel Aviv, and London.


San Francisco Is Testing Pee-Repelling Walls

The city wants to curb public urination with paint that splashes back urine.


All Hail San Francisco's Cable Car Bell-Ringing Champ

Warning: These videos will most definitely make your ears ring.


A Mountain Lion Is Spotted in San Francisco

“I think there’s a cougar in my backyard, and not the type that drinks Chardonnay.”

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A Surreal Burning Man Temple Comes to San Francisco

People are encouraged to scribble notes to loved ones on the intricate, 37-foot-high wood structure.

Eddie Codel

A Mesmerizing Drone Tour of the Port of Oakland

Peek into a major player in global commerce.


To Improve Street Safety, San Francisco Bans Cars From Turning

The changes to Market Street traffic come under the city’s Vision Zero plan.

Karen X. Cheng

A Dance Tribute to San Francisco's Painful Hills

The city’s notorious slopes are great for doing “gravity illusions.”

Kathy Willens/AP

How Municipal ID Cards Make Cities More Inclusive

They’re sensitive to gender identity as well as immigration status.


Call Out Poorly Parked Cars With the App 'TowIt'

One developer’s weapon against lousy drivers and vans blocking the bike lane.

Relive 'Batkid' Fever With the Trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

Everybody’s favorite feel-good story is getting a theatrical release.


Hybrid-Vehicle Batteries Are Disappearing in San Francisco

Inventive, no doubt muscular thieves have found a new target.

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

San Francisco Says Airbnb Is Making Its Housing Crisis Worse

Between 925 and 1,960 housing units in the city are sitting vacant so they can be rented out through the service, says a new report.

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Berkeley Goes All 'Berkeley' With Cell Phone Warnings

The city wants retailers to caution consumers about RF radiation.

Eric Jaffe

Google's New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets

Here’s everything you need to know about Prototype.