San Francisco

The Sad Truth About Food-Delivering Robots

The failure of San Francisco's "TacoCopter" is just one example of how we are failing at creating a functional, robotic delivery boy.

The Science of Quieter Cities

Tired of listening to your neighbor's shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car traffic? What if you didn't have to?

The Future of Intelligent Parking

How sensors and computers and phone apps are revolutionizing the way cities handle their parking spaces.

A Fantasy Transit Map for San Francisco

A chat with the cartographer who dreamed up this latest entry into the aspirational transit future genre.

The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer

San Francisco and Philadelphia are the first major U.S. cities to install innovation officers. What exactly do these guys do, and will their stodgy government colleagues let them get away with it?

The Streetcar As a City's Moving Symbol

A survey of light rail aesthetics from around the world.

The City, Covered With Logos

Are corporate logos diminishing the sense of place in cities?

How One Man Built His City a Fiber Optic Network

Software entrepreneur Patrick Kennedy is bringing faster internet to San Leandro, thanks to infrastructure put in place by BART and city officials.

Is the Biker Rights Movement Gaining Momentum?

A new anti-harassment law in Berkeley and a building-access law in San Francisco are both the second of their kind.

The Death Row of Urban Highways, Part 3

Five highways whose execution gave their cities new life.

Tiny Space of the Day: The 160-Square-Foot Apartment

A builder designs the smallest studios allowed by California zoning code.

Can Urban Highways Be Fixed?

They don't cut down on traffic or make travel faster, and they should be replaced.

Zipcar's Cities of the Future

Zipcar ranks U.S. cities on innovation, sustainability, and creativity.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

Can Subways Ever Really Be Rat-Free?

In New York, legislators debate whether a bill banning food will cut down on the city's vermin.

In San Francisco, Buses Become the Police

After a successful pilot program, the entire fleet will soon be equipped with cameras to ticket cars that block transit-only traffic.

S.F. Mayor Wants Tony Bennett on Every Radio Station

San Francisco hopes to honor “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” on Valentine's Day.

Why So Many Romantic Comedies Are Set in Cities

Snapshots of cities most love-inducing qualities.

Should Public Trees Bear Fruit?

San Francisco's "Guerilla Grafters" are transforming the city's trees into bootleg fruit producers, much to the chagrin of officials.